Anyone near 60 starting as a CNA? - page 3

by Cathylady 2,992 Views | 23 Comments

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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    Quote from nurseywifeymommy1
    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.
    I am signed up to volunteer at St. Francis but volunteers have very little patient contact. I'm going to have to give this some serious thought. I had no idea it would be back breaking. Yikes...

    Thank you so much for your advice.
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    What is a 'feeder?'
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    I'm 47 and just starting as a CNA in a nursing home. It's exhausting. I did the training because I love being around and helping older folks. However, in a nursing home I have NO time to chat with them. It's not at all what I thought it would be.

    You may find doing home care either as a CNA with training (pays more) or as a home health aide, doing basically the same thing with less pay. You will have one to one time, it's not as physical, but, for me, can get pretty boring.

    In home care, you can pretty much set your schedule, and keep your availability set as only available during the summer or school vacations, (you can't do that in a nursing home or hospital).
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    At the first facility I worked at, one of my most hard working and appreciated co-workers was 67, and had been working there for 5 years. She taught me a lot of things and really made my first week memorable. You're never too old to go after what you want, I'd say go for it! You've got absolutely nothing to lose and CNAs your age are not uncommon!
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