Quote from AzDeb
That's a great question. I wanted to know the same thing when I was a new CNA. I just got my CNA license last October and started out working at a LTCF. I know everyone says to give it time but honestly I just couldn't do it. I ran myself ragged, lost about 10 lbs in a short amount of time, never got breaks, rarely had my full dinner break and couldn't find time to fetch my water bottle for a drink as often as I needed. I worked at a facility that was very understaffed and not the friendliest work environment. I just found it wasn't for me. For those CNA's who have stuck it out....kudos to you!!!
This statement is very true. I worked at the same LTCF for 10 years and this was very true for me and my coworkers unfortunately. The cna's were treated like dirt. Which is a shame because they are the hardest worked in a nursing home. The only time my coworkers and I got our 15 minute breaks was if we smoked. I honestly cant tell you how many times I was practically ******* my pants, from holding it in and not going to the bathroom when I had to, because it was that busy.
In LTC I found dayshift works better together then second shift. Dayshift was faster paced and your day went super fast, compared to second shift.
Home health/private duty: It was ok. Travel/wear and tear on your car is a con. Your doing private care,light housekeeping and making meals. Pay is low as well. My one friend does Hospice and she gets paid more then normal private duty.
As for Hospital? I don't know yet? I start May 2nd lol.
I've been an cna for 14 years. I can tell you anywhere I worked,It was never the work I disliked. I loved my work. It was the people I worked with I didn't like. The people you work with make your job what it is errr the environment you work in.