Im an 'agency girl' and I will just say, i probably make 3 dollars more an hour than reg cnas so if somewhere gets 10.50 id probably make 13 ect..... it varies with every place I go. but definately not double pay
So the positives have been mentioned I will mention the pitfalls. I came in with NO experience as a cna, They took me because i had a year of caregiving and I passed their seperate test (slightly harder than the state certification test) I go to several different places and I do get to say yes or no. NOt having actually cna experience has really made it a challenging job and I don't recommend it. NOt only do I have 8 people to care for but every time I work IM learning new schedules, standards and practices and quite honestly its really crazy. The thing I love about it is I SEE lots of different patients, Last night I did my first isolation patient and when I told the other cna that it was my first she said it was her first time in the 3 years she had been a cna as well. but because Im going everywhere I do see more variety.
Most people are nice but not everyone is, some are downright rude if your agency.and some places have HORRIBLE standard precautions. One place I go to a lot is just nasty in terms of precautions. I teamed a hall with one cna and she washed her hands once the whole night and Put on gloves once....
People NEVER tell me what is expected of me, I am allowed to go 30 minutes early to be shown around at new places but nobody ever goes through and says this is what we do , even if I ask. Its like im magically suppose to know that im responsible for trash or laundry or passing waters, I usually see someone else doing it and ask yet again and then am rushing to try and do it in a short amount of time. Every place is different some places i do trash, some places have a person that does it. some place do waters others have a ra tha come around and pass them So there are definate stresses.
Im only working as a cna to brush up on my patient care skills, and agency is all i can do because I have a heavy school load. I m really glad im doing it but it really just shown me that my patient care needs A LOT of work. I hope to work at a consistent assignment this summer so I can develop that...........but it will be really hard to take the pay cut.