Does anyone here actually like being a CNA? - page 2

Even though it's hard work does anyone here actually like working as a CNA?... Read More

  1. by   al3x117
    Quote from Capa Jensen
    Haha no kidding - I love my work, but sometimes its the staff that makes it so unbearable. Give me difficult pts all day and I won't bat an eye; but if we get 2 no shows on a 5 CNA team (with no cover!) and I'm going to be a sad panda.
    I know! And seriously you gotta have good staff to work with! (Truly the hardest to find the dedicated ones). When someone no calls no shows oh man you just tacked on 5-10 more patients on top of my 15 patients back at another house! It's rough. Haha. No rest for the weary I guess. Most people who do CNA work don't give a damn about patients. It's pretty sad because they realize you gotta work to make these patients trust you. Most people can't do that on top of their 50 things they have to get done that day. Sure people get burned out but that when I just truly find a way to enjoy the work in the most crappy of days. You just gotta get pumped for the shift cause it's another 10-14 hours. Gotta make the best of it.

    My advice is to just stay away from the negative CNA's they won't lift a finger to help you. That's the hardest part about the job.
  2. by   Lipoma
    I'm a scope kind of guy. I need to be able to do things; injections, blood draw, push meds, hang blood, specimen collection, run labs, assist with surgical procedures, remove stitches, the whole shabang....so no I did not enjoy being a nursing assistant because it was VERY limited.

    However, I did enjoy the patients.
  3. by   rleah
    I have been a CNA for seven years. I have only worked in the hospital setting, so I cannot give you insight on other types of facilities. I currently work in more of a unit clerk role. I loved the patient care aspect of being a CNA. I worked on a hard floor where I was able to see a lot, which was great experience. That being said the pay starting of is really low, I couldn't have lived on it. I am married and thankful my check was mostly for health insurance. The patient load is heavy on most units. God forbid some one calls in, you could end up with 20 patients. I knew wonderful CNA's who were also passionate about their work, but there were so many who were jaded and just mean. Would I recommend getting a CNA for experience yes. I would not recommend working full time if you are starting nursing school soon.
  4. by   NurseNinja1990
    I worked as a CNA in a nursing home when I was in college to help pay for my housing. The place was horribly under-staffed, and I came home aching everywhere and smelling of feces every shift. It was a truly miserable, but humbling experience that made me all the more motivated to finish nursing school. It sucked but I'm glad I did it.

    Edit: I was also a home health care aide at the time- now that was a great job. I helped a lot of disabled people do their ADL's and had one woman who I just had to take out on the town for 6 hours on Sundays. Only downside was one time a dementia patient tried to shank me with a butter knife, but it did prepare me well for psych, lol!
  5. by   Veronicax
    @NurseNinja Did you ever work at a hospital?
  6. by   All_night
    Like many of the posters here, I also like being a CNA. However, I do work in a hospital where one no-call no-show can get you immediately terminated. Most everyone helps each other out and there is a positive culture. I don't know how you guys do LTC, where there are so many patients needing help with ADLs and transfers. I highly respect LTC aides but could probably never do it myself.
  7. by   Veronicax
    Quote from All_night
    Like many of the posters here, I also like being a CNA. However, I do work in a hospital where one no-call no-show can get you immediately terminated. Most everyone helps each other out and there is a positive culture. I don't know how you guys do LTC, where there are so many patients needing help with ADLs and transfers. I highly respect LTC aides but could probably never do it myself.
    The above poster mentioned they would smell of feces going home after work. Did this happen to you as well? I would only work as a CNA in a hospital. I've heard a lot of bad things about working in nursing homes and other facilities.
  8. by   hopeful_RN_student
    I currently work as a CNA at a LTC facility and I agree with most of the posters. CNA work does not bother me the issue is working with other CNAs or nurses that do not care about their job, it makes my job harder and less enjoyable. Also I do not get paid very much and I cannot live on a CNA wage here in southern California.
  9. by   al3x117
    Quote from hopeful_RN_student
    I currently work as a CNA at a LTC facility and I agree with most of the posters. CNA work does not bother me the issue is working with other CNAs or nurses that do not care about their job, it makes my job harder and less enjoyable. Also I do not get paid very much and I cannot live on a CNA wage here in southern California.
    Agree 100%! It's very challenging to work with CNA's who don't love the job. It definitely makes your job much harder. Gotta have the right mindset to care for geriatric patients. Not only that but it takes skill and patience to help them.
  10. by   AlTennRN
    I liked being a CNA more than I like being an RN.
  11. by   zynnnie
    I am currently a CNA in a hospital while in nursing school. I like it sometimes but it is also very humiliating especially when nurses treat me unfairly. When they are doing nothing and tells u to do a million things, when they cross their legs at the nursing station and tell u to go get blood sugar when u just came out from giving a bath. Drowning with ten or more patients yet they wait on u to get through so u can go get blood from the lab. Wheeling discharged patients down back to back and someone is on the light waiting for bedpan. Lazy nurses make my job hard but good nurses makes me want to come to work everyday. I hate how everybody looks down on CNAs. No,I will not want to be a CNA forever. Cant wait to graduate next year and show my fellow nurses how to treat CNAs .
  12. by   Lapishsunsmile
    I Loved being a CNA until I starting my nursing program. Everyday at work I see things I know how to do but can't and it's frustrating. Now that I know I can, I want to do more. I can't wait to be licensed and start working.

    Before all that though, I loved CNA work. I loved the hugs and thank yous and questions about my home life from innocent elderly. There are bad days at any job and I definitely have had bad days but overall I loved CNA work and I'm proud to say that I have been there and can understand how tough it can be.
  13. by   Missingyou
    The poster that mentioned going home smelling like feces:

    That had to have been a pretty bad situation and is not the norm! I've done this job for about 30 yrs and have never come home smelling like feces.....maybe smelling of bad body odor from my own sweating! but not feces. Not gonna lie tho, I have gotten feces on my scrubs and I have been pee'd on. ...it's happened only a handful of times to me....I keep extra scrubs in my locker.

    As far as the pay...for what we do and what we put up with...it will NEVER be enough pay! I can however, live comfortably in a nice safe apartment with a nice reliable car. I may not have a fancy phone or go on a fancy cruise every year but, I can make ends meet without being stressed out.

    I agree, the worst part of the job by a long shot, is dealing with "co-workers" who don't want to work!! Who roll their eyes or disappear all together when you ask them to help with a 2 assist transfer!
    Who get all bent out of shape because a resident with dementia is calling out to them for help into bed for the 5th time in 10 minutes.
    Who has no patience for the confused/scared resident.
    and the CNA who gets SO offended because a resident with dementia comments on their messy hair or a tattoo they have!
    Seriously!!??
    .....sorry, I think I slipped into a little rant there....

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