Did I make the right decision? - page 2

by Trinklee 1,884 Views | 14 Comments

I am a freshman taking my nursing pre-requisites, hoping to be accepted into an associates nursing program once I am finished. I just moved out on my own and I am working part-time while going to school full time. I thought it... Read More


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    In my area (Portland, OR.) the average wage for a CNA1 is around $12.00/Hour. Typically, RCF/ALF pay on the low end at around $10/hour with SNF between $10-12/Hour. Private Pay facilities (ones that do not accept Medicare) pay between $12-15/Hour. Private Duty is about the same. Working for an on-call agency with travel is between $14-20/Hour. In the Portland area, Hospitals and Medical Clinics only hire CNA2's so those wages are not reflected here.
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    I feel a lot better after actually going to my CNA class. There is a student there who makes $13.50/hr as a patient care technician and another student who knows somebody who got hired making $15.00/hr. However, the nursing home I am doing my clinicals at pay their CNAs $9.25/hr. After seeing what the CNAs have to do every shift, I can say with certainty that they are extremely underpaid. Once I graduate from my course, I'll hold out until I can get a job at a hospital. Blehh.
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    I don't think you made a bad decision. You can gain a lot of hands on experience as a CNA as well as learn a lot from the other nurses while working, you can work any shift you want to fit your schedule (day, middle, or night shift), prn or just weekends, atleast you are always guaranteed a job as a cna, you could also get benefits, work overtime, etc. CNA is a great field to work in especially if you are going to nursing school, well with my experience good luck
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    Quote from Trinklee
    Thank you all so much for your replies. I really appreciate them and I feel a lot better about this situation. I am going to stick with it and I feel good about it now I am going to earn valuable experience.

    meh many nurses are not cna's first.. if you make more money at the cheesecake factory stay there please.. even if you make the same stay there.
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    Quote from Trinklee
    I am a freshman taking my nursing pre-requisites, hoping to be accepted into an associates nursing program once I am finished. I just moved out on my own and I am working part-time while going to school full time. I thought it would be a good idea to take a CNA course so I can work as a CNA while I am taking pre-nursing courses and in nursing school. I saved up $1000 and paid for the CNA class and I start in six days.

    I was extremely excited until I learned that most CNAs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area are only making around $9.00 an hour...that's what I make now as a hostess at The Cheesecake Factory. I feel like I made a mistake by enrolling in that class. Please, help me see things clearly.
    What school are you takin cna courses at?


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