CNA hourly pay rate? - page 12

by SuBinCRNAtoBe

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Hello. I'm trying to apply for this nursing home near my house. but i'm not sure what to put for desired rate of pay. so.. what is the average pay rate for starting cnas? i looked up and they are giving me different rate.... Read More


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    After reading this thread it really upsets me that a majority of CNAs get paid crappy for the amount of work that they do.

    My one friend works in brewery and gets paid $18.50/hr to watch the bottle line and just pull off broken or fallen bottles. That's it. Now compare that to ALLLL the work CNAs do and look at that pay.

    What's wrong with this picture?

    Anyways to stay on topic I hope the pay around my area (Lehigh Valley PA) is at least decent. The lowest I can go is $10 bucks an hour and even that will be pretty lousy considering my last job paid $15/hr. I know they said that LTCF pay more than hospitals because they are really understaffed and need to get people in but, we'll see about that.
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    I had to bump this because tonight I was having a conversation with my hubby and was telling him about the ratio of work/pay that CNAs have to deal with. This is what he said:

    "That's all you get? I thought you'd be making at least 20 dollars an hour!"

    Apparently he thought that all people in the medical field get paid a king's ransom.
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    Quote from robesm6
    So for home health aids what exactly do you do? Is it weird going to their homes and stuff? any other suggestions? Thank you!!
    I haven't worked as a home health aide yet because I can't afford to live on that type of salary. But it's something I wouldn't mind doing. I don't think it would be weird going in their home. In my opinion it would be better than being in a hospital room.
    You perform the basic CNA tasks plus "light housekeeping" (putting dishes in dishwasher, dusting, preparing easy meals, etc.)
    If you want a job in a hurry and are getting tired of waiting on hospitals and nursing homes to call you back then home health aide is your best option.
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    Yikes, are you guys serious?! In BC, Canada, CNAs start at $17/hour in the private places, and up to $22/hour in some public and private facilities.

    I find it completely horrifying that CNAs can make minimum wage anywhere- this is NOT easy work. And anything that requires formal education should definitely not be paying so poorly! How unfair
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    Quote from kaiasunshine
    Yikes, are you guys serious?! In BC, Canada, CNAs start at $17/hour in the private places, and up to $22/hour in some public and private facilities.

    I find it completely horrifying that CNAs can make minimum wage anywhere- this is NOT easy work. And anything that requires formal education should definitely not be paying so poorly! How unfair
    I agree.
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    The CNAs(PSW,personal support worker) that I work with in Ontario start at around $21 working in a public hospital.Their program is 7 months full time.
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    Quote from Flordagirl
    I haven't worked as a home health aide yet because I can't afford to live on that type of salary. But it's something I wouldn't mind doing. I don't think it would be weird going in their home. In my opinion it would be better than being in a hospital room.
    You perform the basic CNA tasks plus "light housekeeping" (putting dishes in dishwasher, dusting, preparing easy meals, etc.)
    If you want a job in a hurry and are getting tired of waiting on hospitals and nursing homes to call you back then home health aide is your best option.
    I did that for 8 years before I became a nurse and I loved it.I did little housework, mostly provided personal care to elderly and handicapped.
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    Quote from loriangel14
    I did that for 8 years before I became a nurse and I loved it.I did little housework, mostly provided personal care to elderly and handicapped.

    Thanks so much for the input! I'm not so nervous now at applying for Home Health Aide positions!
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    If anyone knows about Missouri avrages that would be great!
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    Quote from gymnut
    My one friend works in brewery and gets paid $18.50/hr to watch the bottle line and just pull off broken or fallen bottles. That's it. Now compare that to ALLLL the work CNAs do and look at that pay.

    What's wrong with this picture?
    Nothing at all wrong. Go try and do that brewery job and count how long before you lose your freaking marbles. The truth is that jobs like the one your bottle watching friend has are disappearing fast.

    The other thing to think about is what we as a society are willing to pay for. Take a gander at ALLL the money we (as a country) are willing to spend on beer, then take a look at what we are willing to spend on taking care of the elderly and disabled.

    Beer comes way first.


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