Did being a CNA make you NOT want to be a nurse anymore? - page 5

I'm just curious, because I'm working as a CNA and am really having doubts about whether or not nursing is for me anymore. For now, I'll blame it on the fact that I'm new and am HATING life. I hope... Read More

  1. by   tiffannij
    I started being a CNA at a LTC facility in a nursing home and I make good money. It is a bit overwhelming that is why I am trying to go right into being a LPN. When the pay sucks and you are not happy with your life yeah you will definitely not want to be a nurse anymore. I want to become a mid wife but I don't want to do it anymore because of the schooling. Find a better job with cna. They are out there especially if you have at least a year experience. Good luck.
  2. by   sakiohma
    Yes. I've been working as a CNA for about 2 years now and it has made me not want to be a nurse. The healthcare field is like a cess pool for bullying. I got bullied so much by my co-workers when I first started, I started Googling "careers that don't involve working on a team". I know all facilities aren't like this and it has honestly gotten much better with my co-workers. But, more importantly, I notice the more and more I work as a CNA, the more I start to not care. I don't care about the residents as much as I used to. Not that I abuse them or anything, but I just notice my heart isn't there anymore. Now it's just a job. And I go home. I think in this field, you need a lot of heart and a lot of people are just in the healthcare field for the money and job reliability in this poor economy, and grow crabby attitudes like my co-workers the longer they work. I don't want to become that. The only reason I started as a CNA is because I wanted to be a nurse and I love (loved) caring for people. I remember thinking "wow, I can get paid just for being nice to people?! I do that all the time!", but now I've decided to go to school for foreign language study (Japanese, Chinese, Korean) and I couldn't be happier Just do what makes you happy.
    Last edit by sakiohma on Jul 18, '14
  3. by   Mhahn
    What is it exactly about being a CNA that you don't like? I have been a CNA for coming up on two years, and while I have had the same feelings you are, I must say that I am relieved that I finally found a place to work that I actually enjoy coming to. I worked in a long term care facility and hated it. The environment was depressing and I couldn't handle it. I worked at an adult day program which was rewarding but exhausting. Now I work where I wanted to work all along, at one of the 50 best hospitals in the country. It has been a ride to get here, but I made it. And I am not going to stop here!!
  4. by   betm
    It did initially! I had a horrendous experience at my first LTC facility; it was the only job I've ever walked out of and I swore up and down and backwards that I no longer wanted to be an RN because of that experience. The second facility I worked at was much better and I warmed up to the idea of being an RN again, but then we had this massive shift in management and all of the aides who had worked there for longer than 6-12 months (including me) ended up quitting within a few months of the change. I was falsely accused of accidentally injuring a 104-year-old resident and not reporting it (a very long, sad story in which I even contemplated suicide because I was so distraught over the accusation) due to the new office politics, and I quit a few weeks later with my mind set on being anything other than a nurse.

    Then I worked in home care with a single client who was only a few years older than me and had a developmental disability (CP). I just recently had to quit because I moved two hours away, but I ended up realizing that my passion is (and has always been) in nursing. I had to do a little growing up myself and I had to have some bad experiences, but I'm glad I got to have those experiences anyways. I think it will make me a better nurse.

    I had to keep at it for three years, but now this fall will be my first semester of nursing school. I'm thrilled! But I do know that LTC will not be where I end up working as an RN - it's not something I can see myself doing forever!
  5. by   strawberryluv
    I actually want to be more of a nurse because of my CNA job. I work in long-term care and thought it would be horrible because of all the stories people told. But, surprisingly, I've grown to love it. On my days off I wish I can work so I can be on the floor taking care of
    my residents. I realized as I work more at my facility (which is my first CNA job facility) that I care for my residents and wish to do more. I often even think of ways I can improve on my time management to do some of the things I wish I can do given the amount of patients I have (which is 10-12) and all the other duties I have during the shift.

    CNA work is awesome because its direct patient care all the time during the day with very few of the responsibilities and life-death situations that RNs face every day ;-)
  6. by   cdsavannah59
    I am currently working as a PCT and have no interest whatsoever in being a RN. Sure they make good money, but the responsibilities of nursing are not for me.
  7. by   SeattleJess
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    I don't want to be a nurse anymore. I never had any interest in working in a hospital- I only want to deal with elderly. I thought about becoming a nurse a while ago because there's no way i want to make these crappy CNA wages the rest of my life. But the nurses where I work push pills at warp speed twice a day with a mountain of paperwork immediately following. That's not something I want to do. Plus they have to work every other weekend, just like us. So I decided to do PT. They look like they actually enjoy their jobs, they get to spend actual time with the residents and they're not as stressed- plus they apparently can do no wrong. The nurses and CNAs get yelled at for everything but therapy is like the star of the nursing home.
    Yipes, this is SO TRUE! I work at a facility that is probably as good as it can get eldercare AND... it's just as you've said. Plus the therapists have the biggest paychecks.
  8. by   ntvan07
    I want to be an RN still, but out of LTC. My facility puts you on the same assignment everyday and I have one whose violent and jumps out of bed nonstop and beats us up, along with one who will total her bed if you don't come the moment she rings. I want to be a labor & delivery nurse. I love nursing, just not LTC.
  9. by   FutureLPN16
    Yeah I just started working as a cna 3 weeks now and I'm ready to quit. Definitely don't want to become a nurse anymore. I start my lpn program august 28th. But I know how you feel
  10. by   Krispy critter
    YES! I started in an assisted living,there were no RN's there only LPN's. The LPN's responsibilities were to pass meds for 4 hours and chart for 4 hours. The only contact they had with residents was giving them medications and I really wanted more one on one contact with the residents,and I had that as a CNA. Three months ago I started working at a Hospice House,because of the strict guidelines with Medicare and Medicaid the RN's and LPN's spend the majority of their shift charting,not really what I had in mind when it came to nursing. I had already started prerequisites for nursing school but,I haven't enrolled for anymore courses because I really don't want to be a nurse. Financially it's a bad choice on my part but my heart says stick to CNA,because I enjoy the day to day care that I give to our patients. We don't make anywhere near the money that nurses do,but I love my job,but I'm not liking the back aches
  11. by   calistudent818
    CNA work is hard work no doubt there are good times & a lot of bad times but it's really made me see that nursing is really where I want to be & was meant to do. I want to do LVN or RN but then I see how there isn't much patient interaction once you get to those levels & then I start to change my mind. I go back & forth. I really love the patient care & interaction that a CNA gets to do. Don't know if I want to give that up but I def know that I don't want to be a CNA forever. Lately I've been thinking about getting my LVN, so I can become a DSD and/or CNA instructor
    Last edit by calistudent818 on Nov 1, '14
  12. by   Graduatenurse14
    I was a CNA for 3 years while in nursing school and had to quit because I was beginning to strongly dislike everything about healthcare, nursing, patients- everything! It was much better after I left a crazy med surg floor and went to work at a psych hospital.
  13. by   MDRINFLA
    Hi! I'm a current CNA as well an a RN student (ADN, overall gpa is not competitive enough for initial BSN program ). I really enjoy being a CNA and I'm sure when I become an RN, I'll appreciate the CNA work much more. I've been lucky enough to work in a Dementia faculty for over 6 months now and it's nothing short of a challenge. I clean poop, blood, take vitals and become a voice for those who can't community effectively. I never thought I would enjoy a job working in Geriatrics but so far I enjoy it. I greatly look forward to becoming a RN!

    That being said, I worked for 4 1/2 days (that's right, only 4 1/2 days ) at a rehab facility and let me tell you, I had a panic attack that lasted over 24 hours. I haven't had a panic attack like that in almost 8 years!! There are CNAs who do it for money (not sure why it's not great money in Florida) and because places are ALWAYS hiring CNAs. I saw them make fun of, mock, and verbally abuse the elderly in literally less than a week. Those people really made me reconsider what the hell I was doing in nursing. The next day I went for an interview for the facility I'm at now and I love it! They are flexible with my school schedule and respect their residents! The point of my story is maybe it's the facility that is leaving a sour taste in your mouth, so to speak. Maybe a change of scenery will repspark your interest on being a RN? I hope so!

    Here is my background. I'm a 25 year old female. No kids. No husband/boyfriend. I work part time with dementia residents and babysit. I'm full time in RN school. I earned a previous AA degree and BA degree from the University of Central Florida. I took a year off and then I completed all my pre read in a year and got into the nursing school this past March.

    I know this this post is a few years old but maybe it will shed some light on CNA life.