Anyone near 60 starting as a CNA? - page 2

I've been teaching for 30 years and have always wanted to be a nurse in a hospital. I think being a CNA will allow me the patient contact I'm looking. I've loved teaching but would like to work part-time during the summers as a... Read More

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    Being a home health aid would be much easier than being an aid in a hospital.

    Do you like working with seniors?

    Or you could also look into being an activity aid, these are the people who run activities in senior's care centers.
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    I have this desire to work in the hospital setting not in a LTC. I volunteer at St. Francis hospital and I love the atmosphere and that's where I'd like to work.
    I'm hoping my volunteer hours will some how exempt me from having to have experience. Not that volunteering give me much patient contact but it does show some commitment to the hospital.
    The clinicals for the Red Cross CNA program that I've registered for are done at the Veteran's hospital in Richmond; 40 hours required.
    I guess I have to trust God in this endeavor because I really only want to work part time in the summers and my heart is to work at the Catholic hospital where I volunteer.
    Thanks so much for your input.
    Cathy
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    I work as a home health aide for 4 years it has its ups n downs. I do Live in so the money is decent however I do want to upgrade to medical assisting or patient care tech but in order to get to patient care tech id have to take my cna first. I hear cna is very hard back breaking work from a rn who used to work as one as well as students in my sisters lpn class. Home health aide u deal with one patient n cna u have to help multiple patients its a lot.
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    I'm a CNA in a hospital, and one of the CNAs I work with is in her 70s. She's good too!
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    Quote from soxgirl2008
    I'm a CNA in a hospital, and one of the CNAs I work with is in her 70s. She's good too!
    Soxgirl2008 you made my day!!!

    Are you a White Sox fan or a Red Sox fan?

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!
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    White sox =)
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    Quote from soxgirl2008
    White sox =)
    I'm a former Chicago resident myself, I was born there. Southsiders are all White Sox fans!

    Thanks for your post about your 70 year old co-worker. That really sealed the deal for me!
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    Perhaps you do have the fitness at 60 to do this, and if there is a 70-year old doing this job, I salute you.

    However, I am 24 and have been an aide for a little over a year now, and I feel like I've aged ten years. Despite your best intentions, perfect body mechanics aren't always possible. By month six my back never stops hurting, and now it's my knees.

    If I made it to 60 still fit and spry, I wouldn't want to blow that on this kind of job at that age.

    However, I do think others are correct that being a Home Health Aide may be a good fit for someone older. I love taking care of people, but I don't know how long my body will hold up doing this. Currently transitioning to hospice care, which may be easier on the body.
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    I think you should volunteer. Or become a cna but be a "feeder" only. Back breaking work is right. You wont hv time to become attached or give good care bc u will hv too many pts. Don't do it.
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    Quote from Cathylady
    I've been teaching for 30 years and have always wanted to be a nurse in a hospital. I think being a CNA will allow me the patient contact I'm looking. I've loved teaching but would like to work part-time during the summers as a CNA. As many of my coworkers are thinking of retiring I'm ready for a career change. So am I crazy or is there anyone else out there starting in their very late 50's?
    One of my fellow CNA students is in her early 50s.


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