Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) - page 3

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. by   LJP085
    I work in a hospital and I like it very much. Although, I think I am being rather restricted in my experience, as I just work on the medical floor. At my six-month mark, I get the opportunity to transfer to different departments. I think I'll transfer to the Float Pool - I'd get paid more and I'd be working in different areas of the hospital every week.
  2. by   cnatoBe
    Quote from LJP085
    I work in a hospital and I like it very much. Although, I think I am being rather restricted in my experience, as I just work on the medical floor. At my six-month mark, I get the opportunity to transfer to different departments. I think I'll transfer to the Float Pool - I'd get paid more and I'd be working in different areas of the hospital every week.

    I had to ask. I just finished and passed my state test and unsure of what to expect next.
    I'm glad you like it and wish you the best!
  3. by   ChrisNZ
    I do nights in my country and the night pay when converted to US dollars is roughly $18/hour and $21 for weekends, rest homes are pretty low wage here though. I imagine my cost of living is significantly less too.

    As an additional note our level of responsibility seems significantly less that what I hear of American CNA's.

    I don't know how all of you make ends meet/keep your sanity!
  4. by   mindofmidwifery
    Quote from Tinkk
    At my local hospital (I live in MN), CNAs have a starting pay typically at $12.50 an hour (differs depending on the unit or setting). I'm sure its less at a nursing home, especially rural ones. Its a shame, they should be getting paid a few more dollars.
    I'm in a rural town in MN now and their starting pay at a nursing home is $12 something, starting pay at their assisted living facility is $13. And it's about a $2 shift differential for nights/weekends.
  5. by   didi768
    Hi mindofmidwifery---I'm from MN. Can I ask where you live and work. You can PM me if you'd rather. I'm an LPN and I see a lot of Indian Reservation LPN jobs.
    Thanks
  6. by   Proverbs16:24
    What makes more money home health aides or CNAs? I'm trying to see if I should get my CHHA certificate since I'm having trouble finding a CNA job that's atleast $16/hr. I have no acute care exp but six years adult/child psych experience.
  7. by   didi768
    What is a CHHa? Certified? Do Patient Care Techs make the same as a CNA or are they the same thing?
  8. by   Proverbs16:24
    CHHA -Certified Home Health Aide. In a hospital setting, CNAs are called Patient care Techs and many other names like mobility aide to some hospitals. I believe PCT make more than CNAs because they mostly work in a hospital setting where a CNA work in nursing home, psych unit, correctional, etc. But I've heard that CNAs make more in correctional facility -depends.
  9. by   didi768
    I'd rather be an aide somewhere, like jail, then a nurse there. Tried it. Whoa. I don't want to be as responsible as a nurse anymore. Dummy down time.
  10. by   vintagemother
    To the poster who said shed like to earn $16/hr. Yeah, that was me, too. But in my area, the only settings that pay that much to CNAs are hospitals. I put in about 100 applications to no avail. I reached the conclusion that the only way I could earn that much was by becoming an Lvn. So I did. And I make much more than that.
  11. by   Proverbs16:24
    Quote from vintagemother
    To the poster who said shed like to earn $16/hr. Yeah, that was me, too. But in my area, the only settings that pay that much to CNAs are hospitals. I put in about 100 applications to no avail. I reached the conclusion that the only way I could earn that much was by becoming an Lvn. So I did. And I make much more than that.
    I've recently applied to 4 jobs ...ER monitor tech, unit secretary/PCU, mental health worker and CNA all in hospital settings. The mental health worker/CNA positions I have over five years sub-acute experience but no experience in ER monitor tech or unit secretary/PCU. I do have medical terminology coursework, basic computer skills and medical office procedure coursework college level to contribute to those other positions. I truly hope I get a call back on something. I would like to start building my acute clinical experience for future job opportunties.

    Vintagemother
    Right now I'm in a pre lvn class at an adult school and have an interview next week with the school panel. Did you have an entrance lvn interview? If so, do you know what questions they asked you?
    Last edit by Proverbs16:24 on Nov 5, '14
  12. by   vintagemother
    We had to interview and test in order to get into Lvn school. The test came first. If I recall, the interview consisted of basic questions such as why I want to get into nursing and my experience. The interview was just a formality. Good luck to you!!
  13. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from tasha92337
    Did you have an entrance lvn interview? If so, do you know what questions they asked you?
    I know this question was not directed at me, but I can answer it. When interviewing you prior to entrance in nursing programs, the interviewer basically wants to get a sense of your interpersonal skills, outlook, realism, problem-solving capabilities, moral and ethical fabric, and knack for conflict resolution. Here are some questions you might be asked during a nursing school pre-entrance interview:

    1. Why do you want to become a nurse?

    2. What are some of your hobbies or passions?

    3. If you see a classmate stealing, what would you do?

    4. A nurse at a clinical site is acting unethically. What would you do?

    5. What are your personal strengths?

    6. What are your personal weaknesses?

    7. What would your previous bosses or classmates say about you?

    8. Why do you want to be admitted into our nursing program?

    9. What would you do if you find yourself struggling in a nursing course?

    10. What would you do if you have a conflict with a professor?

    11. Tell us why you'd be the best candidate for our nursing program.

    12. Do you have any questions for us?

    13. What is your proudest achievement to date?

    14. What qualities do you think a good nurse should possess?

    15. What would you do if a patient threatens you?

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