Getting my CNA certification was the best thing that I ever did. I, however, have never worked in a nursing home a day in my life though. I work at a hospital as a PCT (Patient Care Technician) which is the same thing as a CNA. I prefer a hospital setting over a nursing home, mainly because there are different work areas you can go to. I work in the Adult Psychiatric Unit and our job is very different from the PCTs who work in Oncology. I've also worked as a Unit Secretary (Health Unit Coordinator, Unit Clerk) which I was trained to do on my unit specifically. I have to do dirty work too - that's just part of the job. It's better to think of it in terms of doing the work for the patient
and assisting the Nurse to care for the patient.
When you think of your job in terms of helping, it makes your job more meaningful. Trust me, I've often felt that I was a Nurse/Patient slave
but when the day is over, it's empowering to think of all that patients