I'm a CNA, not a MAID. - page 4

I've been looking for jobs, and these places want CNA's to cook, do laundry, clean, and drive people places. Um.. maybe I got this wrong, but I dont remember learning any of these things during my... Read More

  1. Visit  RedhairedNurse2Be profile page
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    Most CNA do not mind doing a little extra now and then, especially for nice patients, but to be expected to do their job duties and to do extra cleaning ALL THE TIME without extra compensation is just wrong. I worked for an assisted living home, and I had to help serve meals in the dinning room, bust tables, and reset for the next meal while keeping an eye on the residents and making sure the Alteimzer patients didn't leave the dining room. I went to school to be a MA, took a job as a CNA, and did the work of a CNA, maid, waitress and marriage counselor and earned a little above minimum wage. That was wrong.
  2. Visit  Darkstar1485 profile page
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    Quote from OCNRN63
    Perhaps you need to re-examine why you're having trouble getting a better paying job.I have done plenty of things that were not "worthy" of my nursing license. Sometimes you just have to buck up if you want to stay employed/employable.And the person who helped me was indeed a CNA, and if I'd needed more help than what I described, she'd have been able to step in. A homemaker would not.
    1) I live in florida and good paying jobs are hard to come by. Many want a CNA's to have 5+ years of exp and only pay him/her 8.00 p/h.

    2) "Sometimes you just have to buck up if you want to stay employed/employable."
    I agree to a certain extent.... but that mentalilty gives employers the green light to take advantage of future employees. at my job, we get paid 7.67 p/h. We are CNA's/Med techs/ Waitresses/Etc. Everyone complains about the low pay and lack of hours, but everyone keeps quite bc "a job is a job".

    my coworker has been working at my job for 11 years (she does the same thing that i do) and STILL makes $8.00 per hour. true story! she has asked for a raises and never gets one, yet she never leaves bc "she really needs this job." its heartbreaking.

    My question is....

    at what time do you stop bucking up and start manning up? You can't accept sub par treatment for years and years. I've seen it and it makes workers bitter and difficult to deal with.
    Last edit by Darkstar1485 on May 31, '12
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  3. Visit  KimberlyRN89 profile page
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    ...oftentimes(at least at the places I used to work )the janitorial staff is paid more than the CNA's/caregivers/med techs
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  4. Visit  Darkstar1485 profile page
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    Quote from white8tiger6
    WOW!! You just described the facility I work for exactly!!! Your not in Iowa are you?
    HA-HA! No, I work in Florida. I've been in FL for a year. I'm Originally from NYC, and I NEVER ran into this problem...

    I need to go to a state that has unions. FLORIDA SUCKS!
  5. Visit  OCNRN63 profile page
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    Quote from Darkstar1485
    1) I live in florida and good paying jobs are hard to come by. Many want a CNA's to have 5+ years of exp and only pay him/her 8.00 p/h.2) "Sometimes you just have to buck up if you want to stay employed/employable." I agree to a certain extent.... but that mentalilty gives employers the green light to take advantage of future employees. at my job, we get paid 7.67 p/h. We are CNA's/Med techs/ Waitresses/Etc. Everyone complains about the low pay and lack of hours, but everyone keeps quite bc "a job is a job". my coworker has been working at my job for 11 years (she does the same thing that i do) and STILL makes $8.00 per hour. true story! she has asked for a raises and never gets one, yet she never leaves bc "she really needs this job." its heartbreaking.My question is....at what time do you stop bucking up and start manning up? You can't accept sub par treatment for years and years. I've seen it and it makes workers bitter and difficult to deal with.
    Well, you can try to improve your situation by going back to school, or just accept the fact that in your area the pay for your role is going to be low. So, you can continue tilting at windmills, change your situation or make peace with what your job and pay will be. Change your job if you don't like this one. Take a phlebotomy course and get certified...that would give you more options. Simply demanding more pay and a change in duties probably isn't going to work.Lots of people in health care have to do things they'd rather not do. Most people in health care are sorely underpaid. I'm not unsympathetic to your situation, but at some point you have to realize that it is what it is. Many nurses in your state are underpaid too.
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  6. Visit  Darkstar1485 profile page
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    Quote from OCNRN63
    Well, you can try to improve your situation by going back to school, or just accept the fact that in your area the pay for your role is going to be low. So, you can continue tilting at windmills, change your situation or make peace with what your job and pay will be. Change your job if you don't like this one. Take a phlebotomy course and get certified...that would give you more options. Simply demanding more pay and a change in duties probably isn't going to work.Lots of people in health care have to do things they'd rather not do. Most people in health care are sorely underpaid. I'm not unsympathetic to your situation, but at some point you have to realize that it is what it is. Many nurses in your state are underpaid too.
    I start a BSN program this Fall.

    I don't think having a nursing career in a "right to work" state is for me.
  7. Visit  KimberlyRN89 profile page
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    good luck with your classes darkstar maybe after you complete your first semester, you could look into tech positions at your area hospitals. Around December (at least in my area), several hospitals open up "nursing student extern" programs for nursing students. Keep your GPA around a 3.0 & get good references, and you will have a good chance with these programs.
  8. Visit  Darkstar1485 profile page
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    Quote from Nurse2bKimberly
    good luck with your classes darkstar maybe after you complete your first semester, you could look into tech positions at your area hospitals. Around December (at least in my area), several hospitals open up "nursing student extern" programs for nursing students. Keep your GPA around a 3.0 & get good references, and you will have a good chance with these programs.
    I already started looking! LOL

    I got my eyes on the prize!

    Some hospitals have summer student nurse programs. I would LOVE to do that.
  9. Visit  Darkstar1485 profile page
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    Quote from Nurse2bKimberly
    good luck with your classes darkstar
    Thank you very much!!!
  10. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    Good luck in your BSN program darkstar!
  11. Visit  CNA1991 profile page
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    Ugh I know! I am so tired of being a servant to ungreatful people. Don't get me wrong, I have had some good patients/clients but most just complain. The other day, at my LTC job (I have 2 jobs) one of the residents said that my job "can't be that hard". Really? Unless you have been a CNA or any other menial low-paid job for super hard work don't talk to me about what is easy and what isn't. I am even considering getting some other certification besides CNA and going from there because I am thinking I should take it easy before nursing school instead of wearing myself out before I even get there.
  12. Visit  Skayda profile page
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    I'm a nursing assistant-registered and I currently work in a privately owned, state monitored Adult Family Home for six residents. Right now, though, since we've had a death, there is only five residents. They are all elderly women with various stages of Dementia and other mental and physical health problems. I'm lucky in that all of them can walk with a walker and toilet themselves and dress themselves. I just need to do their meds and meal prep. As for the meals I do breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner for the five women Saturday and Sundays and go home Monday morning. I stay over Friday through Sunday. In addition to the above I follow a list of chores every day that must get done by 9pm each night that include vacuuming all carpeted areas, sweeping and mopping, dishes (there is a dishwasher thankfully!) cleaning the two bathroom including the toilets, emptying the trash cans in each resident's room and doing everyone's laundry and folding, hanging up, putting clothes, etc away. Once a week I have to change and wash everyone's bedding, take the old tin foil off the stove burners and put new on, and clean out the fridge and freezer and throw away all the week old food and scrub the fridge and freezer down with soapy water and a rag and once a month I have to clean the windows and glass doors inside and out, dust the kitchen cupboards with Murphy's oil and hot water inside and out. I have to remove all the dishes and everything for this particular job and my very least favorite of all my AFH household chores: Once a month I have to scrub out the oven with oven cleaner. In my opinion I am doing more housework than actually interaction with the residents. But, it's pretty much always been that way at every AFH I've ever worked at, including the one I learned on, owned and ran by my mother in my childhood home in 1995. Caregivers at AFHs and in private homes really are treated like glorified maids a lot of the time. But you know, if one of my residents needed me for something and I didn't have time to vacuum the house one day too bad so sad. My residents' needs come first and of course I keep their home spotless so if I miss a chore here and there it's not going to show as long as I don't make a habit of it, you know. But I have always just thought that housework was a normal part of being a caregiver.
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  13. Visit  Skayda profile page
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    Oh and for reference, my salary is $9.50 an hour plus $25 each night I sleep over.
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