Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) - page 2

The certified nursing assistant (CNA) is a healthcare member of staff who works under the direct supervision of registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and / or physicians. Be... Read More

  1. Visit  JoannaH91 profile page
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    I think location has a huge roll in pay. I work as a nursing attendant (not certified) in NYC and I'm making $20.54 and I started 7 months ago. It's not fair but it's good to do research and see if a different location would be worth it for you
  2. Visit  JoannaH91 profile page
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    Quote from Vishwamitr
    Dear mmTorrez,I could be wrong but everyone seems to compare apples to oranges. Other than hourly rate, one needs to compare cost of living too. For example, if you pay $800 for rent in Toronto but pay only $550 for a comparable apartment in Durham, then $20/hr is really not a huge difference compared with, say, $11/hr in a U.S. city. Another example: They pay over $5/gallon for gasoline whereas we pay $3.5/gallon in the U.S. Well, you get the point.
    You are completely right! The NA's in NYC make $20.50 an hour but to even get a 1 bedroom in the area, your rent is roughly $1,500 a month (and that's if you live on the outer parts of the city).
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  3. Visit  jaylynn06 profile page
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    I agree with nygirl I'm from New York as well and cost of living is so expensive pay seems good compared to other states but it all evens out with cost of living !
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  4. Visit  Glycerine82 profile page
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    Yes, the cost of living makes all the difference. 20/hr wouldn't really be all that much where I came from in MA. I pay 2x less rent than I did when I lived there. You can do all the research you want and move anywhere you want but the simple truth is that nursing assistants get paid a lousy wage. If you want to make money doing this kind of work you have to stick with it for many, many years or go to school to become a Nurse.
  5. Visit  linzarelli profile page
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    Yeah my parents wanted me to move to nc to be closer to them but I would take a $6 paycut compared to new grad positions in AZ.
  6. Visit  Glycerine82 profile page
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    I'm in SC and It makes no difference. The pay cut doesn't hurt because rent is so much cheaper. If I go to MA i will make 6 more an hour but I will also pay 900 more a month in rent.
  7. Visit  bettiboop___ profile page
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    I just recently completed a 90 hour course to become a Certified Nurse
    Assistant and it has truly intensified my passion for the nursing profession. I love taking care of people. I love being helpful and appreciated. You don't have to work in just nursing homes or other long term care facilities. You can work in hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers, and other medical settings. Becoming a CNA is a great start or stepping stone towards a bright future in Nursing.

    The pay could be a lot better though but it depends on where you live, experience, who you work for, and etc. For instance, if you get hired by someone to take care of an older relative or a person with an illness that needs to be assisted, you could get paid up to $100 a night...maybe more. Live-in care or assisted living care probably pays a lot more.
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  8. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Quote from bettiboop___
    You don't have to work in just nursing homes or other long term care facilities. You can work in hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers, and other medical settings.
    This is true, but the more "desirable" jobs in hospitals, clinics, disgnostic centers and other settings are a tad bit less abundant because CNAs tend to not leave these gigs once they land them.

    Due to the increase in the aging population, LTC will be king for many decades to come. The CNA who turns his/her nose up at LTC might be jobless for months (or longer).
  9. Visit  LJP085 profile page
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    I am a CNA and I just got a job in a hospital. I don't start for another couple weeks, but I am very excited. I plan to work in this hospital while I work my way up to LPN then to RN. It's like being a child and watching yourself grow up. It's so cool.
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  10. Visit  SeattleJess profile page
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    Quote from Glycerine82
    CNA's are one of the top ten most underpaid professions in the country. No, we don't go to school for very long, but we ARE required to take a few classes and pass an exam. I'll never understand why they pay has to be the same as someone working in fast food. (Sometimes, worse!) I feel like the mentality is that CNA's aren't as educated as nurses so they don't work as hard. That is just simply not true! Argh! Makes me insane! For the amount of work involved and the stress It puts on our bodies and minds, one would think we'd get paid MORE for all of that, not less. Makes me sad.
    ...take a few classes, pass an exam AND in LTC spot the signs that nurses are extremely unlikely to see and alert them so that the most significant part of our care is what DOESN'T happen.
  11. Visit  SeattleJess profile page
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    Quote from LJP085
    I am a CNA and I just got a job in a hospital. I don't start for another couple weeks, but I am very excited. I plan to work in this hospital while I work my way up to LPN then to RN. It's like being a child and watching yourself grow up. It's so cool.
    Congratulations! I am convinced that your CNA experience will make you a much better nurse than the ones who never worked in CNA shoes. Certainly it will make you a much better supervisor to the CNAs in your charge! Wishing you support from management and your team mates as you grow in your profession.
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  12. Visit  didi768 profile page
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    Hi Tinkk, can I ask where you live in Mn? I'm from Minneapolis but living in Tampa now
  13. Visit  cnatoBe profile page
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    Quote from LJP085
    I am a CNA and I just got a job in a hospital. I don't start for another couple weeks, but I am very excited. I plan to work in this hospital while I work my way up to LPN then to RN. It's like being a child and watching yourself grow up. It's so cool.

    I'm sure by now you have started your job. Can I ask you do you like it?

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