[My apologies in advance - I am not talking down about all CNAs in the following comment; there are some wonderful folks out there who pour their heart and soul into their work, but there's also some bad apples that don't care and are just in it for the paycheck. I understand that these types are everywhere, but I've been unfortunate in my experiences as a CNA, and seen a disproportionately large amount of them haha
Stay awesome, everyone <3 ]
For the most part I love being a CNA, but what I dislike is the lack of professionalism that I've run in to - this varies on the facility (and maybe even region), but in some facilities things like no-shows, high CNA turnover, poor attitudes etc just really bummed me out. Poor behaviors seem to be tolerated much less in hospitals, though the pay is also higher there generally.
In my city as a CNA I've made as little as $9hr, and as much as $16/hr - I could have survived on my wages without help, but I'd be cutting it extremely fine, and I wouldn't be able to live in the safer apartments that I do now if I was making $9/hr. I'd also be forced to pick up extra shifts out the wazoo to make ends meet, but it really depends on the cost of living in your place of residence.
Now for the actual jobstuffs - It really depends on where you work! My $9/hr LTC/rehab was absolutely miserable - I'd be often left with 20+ patients due to staff call outs, people deciding that they needed 2hr lunch breaks, or they'd just outright hide all shift and ignore their lights.
$11/hr facility - getting better; some call outs, staff were better for the most part. Patients were happier due to being able to receive quality care (and happy patients really does make the work smoother!)
$16/hr - hospital! Hectic sometimes (though isn't CNA work always? haha); patients generally rotated in/out pretty quick which was nice, though I did enjoy bonding with folks in LTC. Scope of practice is generally a bit bigger here (some CNAs may be able to do minor oral suction if pt is unable to clear some saliva, accucheck, vitals etc). I definitely preferred working in the hospital, but it's somewhere I've always wanted to be.
Overall - being a CNA is really what you make of it; it's a fantastic job, often thankless, but you have the chance to touch so many peoples' lives. It was genuinely heart-warming to come in to work and see that your residents were excited as heck because you were going to be there for the next 8~12hrs. It can be a bit of a drag depending on the facility you work at, but CNAs are often in high demand so make sure that if you're not gelling with your current place, start looking for another that will suit you!
[Sorry for my ramble, congrats if you guys made it this far... haha]