Ok, I'm currently pursuing a BSN.
I have no interest in postponing to get a LVN, so I thought getting my CNA would be a great opportunity to support myself, perfect my pt multi-tasking skills while gaining some experience without a break in schooling.
- How much flexible do you have in the nursing homes? I don't know that I'd get any sayso -- but I like to work nights.
- Individuals describe backbreaking work. Is it that difficult? I was an xray/ct tech in the military...if you're familiar with Radiology, is it similar? Just trying to gauge the level of activity. On a related note, when individuals say that they have 7 pts in a night does this mean that you're single-handedly responsible for caring for those pts that night...? Are these pts walk-ins?
- What else do you do besides bathing, changing bedpans, keeping company and wiping up booties? *laugh* Do you have other duties to accomplish besides patient care? Do you file charts or anything like that?
So, in other words: "Get some comfortable shoes..."
Well, the good thing is, at least I won't have to kill myself on the treadmill 3-5 days a week. There's a plus.
- PRN...? Hmm. I'll look into that.
- Good suggestion about the weekend 12 hour shifts at the different types of facilities. I was wondering how I'd juggle school with nursing clinicals. Best solution I'd had until now was to work nights.
- @BUGOUT...with 'walk-in', I meant pts being admitted at night. Just drawing on past hospital experiences and trying to find similarities. Now that I think about it, that scenario probably doesn't make much sense for a nursing home.
Anyway -- this was all very, very helpful. Thanks guys. I'm not very good with peds but I've always liked the elderly so I think this will be a fun and rewarding experience.
In light of the tough job market (in some areas), I think I will eventually try to work my way into the hospital as a CNA...somehow. After a year or two of work, maybe the hospital would give me strong consideration when I become an RN...
Last edit by MedChica on May 23, '10