I'm a CNA, not a MAID. - page 5

by Darkstar1485

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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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    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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    ...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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    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!
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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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    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.
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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.
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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.
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    Quote from Nurse2bKimberly
    good luck with your classes darkstar
    Thank you very much!!!
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    Good luck in your BSN program darkstar!
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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.


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