I'm a CNA, not a MAID. - page 2

by Darkstar1485

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 CNA training. I REFUSE to clean... Read More


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    I am a LPN doing ALL that!!
    I work in a house with 12 medically frail individuals...this is THERE home...they cannot clean,cook or do their laundry...
    i came here to look for some insight as what to expect for the CNA state exam as my son is taking the course now....gonna go look at other threads
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    I hear you! Right now I am about to end my first job as a CNA, in home care. I realized I am not very fond of home care especially because you have to deal also with the client's family, and that's a daily thing. So I ended up also dusting, taking the garbage to the dump, filling up the bird feeder, sweeping the floors and other things that weren't on my job description. Did I think that was right? No. But I wanted a job to start with, and I was trying to get good references after my first job, so I kind of put up with it and did the work, knowing that I won't be doing this forever. Once you get some experience on your resume, it will be much easier to move on and do something you actually like. (I worked for an agency and made $11/hour.)

    PS: I forgot to mention that the client's wife also used me as a therapist, when she would get overwhelmed and needed to vent (she'd start blaming me for everything that's bad). Also, I was expected to come up with games and activities to entertain her husband; so here we are- me put in the position of an occupational therapist.
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    Mmm hmm.. Yup. Its true. But the look on some of my patients face when they see me just makes my day better at times. Some of them really do appreciate you. And the families really do begin to "NEED" YOU. Its not the best gig but you never know what lessons you'll learn, and who you will meet.
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    Quote from otilika
    I hear you! Right now I am about to end my first job as a CNA, in home care. I realized I am not very fond of home care especially because you have to deal also with the client's family, and that's a daily thing. So I ended up also dusting, taking the garbage to the dump, filling up the bird feeder, sweeping the floors and other things that weren't on my job description. Did I think that was right? No. But I wanted a job to start with, and I was trying to get good references after my first job, so I kind of put up with it and did the work, knowing that I won't be doing this forever. Once you get some experience on your resume, it will be much easier to move on and do something you actually like. (I worked for an agency and made $11/hour.)

    PS: I forgot to mention that the client's wife also used me as a therapist, when she would get overwhelmed and needed to vent (she'd start blaming me for everything that's bad). Also, I was expected to come up with games and activities to entertain her husband; so here we are- me put in the position of an occupational therapist.
    So sorry...Ugh...
    Hope you find something soon.
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    Quote from momtojosh
    I am a LPN doing ALL that!!
    I work in a house with 12 medically frail individuals...this is THERE home...they cannot clean,cook or do their laundry...
    1) I hope you are not working alone. If you are, you're clearly being taken advantage of.

    2) I'm sure you are not getting paid $7.50 per hour.

    3) Good luck to your son.
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    Quote from otilika
    I hear you! Right now I am about to end my first job as a CNA, in home care. I realized I am not very fond of home care especially because you have to deal also with the client's family, and that's a daily thing. So I ended up also dusting, taking the garbage to the dump, filling up the bird feeder, sweeping the floors and other things that weren't on my job description. Did I think that was right? No. But I wanted a job to start with, and I was trying to get good references after my first job, so I kind of put up with it and did the work, knowing that I won't be doing this forever. Once you get some experience on your resume, it will be much easier to move on and do something you actually like. (I worked for an agency and made $11/hour.)

    PS: I forgot to mention that the client's wife also used me as a therapist, when she would get overwhelmed and needed to vent (she'd start blaming me for everything that's bad). Also, I was expected to come up with games and activities to entertain her husband; so here we are- me put in the position of an occupational therapist.
    I've been a CNA for a year to gain exp. I wanted to do home care bc I like 1 to 1 but some of these families are really trying to take advantage. I'd be worried that they didnt really know what they were doing. That's just me though. Best of luck to you. You are making the best of a stressful situation and I commend you for that.
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    BTW, im loving these responses. keep them coming! :heartbeat
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    Quote from tomc5555
    I have friends making $15 to $20 per hour to provide this type of care.

    Wow! Maybe its bc i live in florida.. It's so hard to find CNA jobs that pay well. Eh, I'm originally from NYC. It could be that I'm just spoiled (compensation wise).
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    no,the minimum on my shift is 4...but that wasnt my point...

    i do know a few LPNs that work home health and do all that though...granted they make more then minimum wage...
    but thats home health,thats what one does,CNA,and LPNs....

    thanks for the wishes for my son...he loved his clinical yesterday!
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    I worked a couple years in a skilled nursing facility(nursing home) where the CNAs prepped, cooked and served meals, washed dishes, stocked food orders, did the residents laundry, and on evening and night shift had a list of housekeeping duties they had to complete. This is all in addition to doing all your CNA duties like dressing, toileting, turning, baths, ADLs, vitals, etc.

    They would usually put one aide in the kitchen all shift while the other aides took care of everything else. Needless to say turnover was ridiculously high, and working in the kitchen was by far the most stressful and difficult part of the job, we would fight over who had to do it that day. Try cooking meals for 24 people with different diets, and have everything hot and ready and served at the same time. Get one residents meal wrong, for instance you didnt puree one persons soup because it had mixed consistency and their diet specified they couldnt eat that, or serve something that didnt get up to temp, and you are fired.

    The aides that work at that place are Superaides.
    Last edit by funtimes on May 25, '12


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