Is being a CNA a really hard job? - page 3

I am thinking about taking a CNA class to see if I would like being a nurse. I do enjoy helping people including the elderly. But is this job really hard? Do you use lifts to move patients in Nursing... Read More

  1. by   Veronicax
    I've thought about Mental Health, Phlebotomy, Massage Therapy, Dental Assisting and Medical Assisting. But for most of those people want you to have previous experience. Another reason why I asked about CNA is because I know the training doesn't take that long and I would be able to get a job without experience.
  2. by   blackmamba123
    Neck brace, back brace, mask and goggles. Are you sure you want to be a CNA? If you're talking about working in a nursing home, it is definitely physically demanding. It's been a while since I did LTC. At that time lift assistance was a luxury, not the standard, so not sure if that's changed. However, even with a lift, there is a significant amount of manipulating a patient in long term care due to positioning them in bed, assisting with bedpans, to the restroom, or changing adult briefs, emptying catheters, bathing or showering patients etc. I would suggest a "lighter" unit. I'm not sure where you're from, but postpartum and newborn nursery units hire CNA's too. It's physically demanding too, but nothing like long term care. Also, masks and goggles are typically reserved for isolation or tasks that call for that type of equipment. It's generally not worn in case of splatter, etc, so just be aware of that. Wouldn't be to budget friendly. Lastly, being a nursing assistant is not a good way to gauge if you want to be a nurse. The roles and level of responsibility is very different. Being a cna will teach you tasks that nurses do in addition to nursing duties. But honestly, you'd learn that in nursing school anyway. I would recommend shadowing a nurse. Sometimes facilities will allow you to do that. Call a facility you're interested in working at and ask if you can shadow someone. Hope this helps. Good luck to you.
  3. by   Veronicax
    I assumed that some CNA's did wear back braces but I guess that's not the case? I mentioned Masks and goggles because I was told that some patients try to throw feces at you etc. I mean aren't you suppose to try to protect yourself? And I'm from Michigan.
    Last edit by Veronicax on Jul 28
  4. by   Nurse Beth
    Quote from Veronicax
    How do you get the patients up and out of bed? Do you use lifts? This is something I was told but is this only for certain patients?
    In even the best run facilities that use lifts and mobility teams...you are always at risk for having to assist a patient in an unplanned transfer or turn. Also know that many facilities will require you to be able to lift 50 lbs as a qualification.
  5. by   Veronicax
    Well I'm thinking about going to see a Chiropractor about my back and neck pain so that might actually help.
  6. by   yoshi87
    I worked as a tech during nursing school in an acute care setting in a hospital. Not only is it hard work, but making an occupied bed is hard on the patient as well. So yes, it is very stressful as well as physically demanding. I honestly think being a dental assistant would be a great career if you want to get in the healthcare field and can handle other people's mouths.
  7. by   Veronicax
    Dental Assisting was my first choice but then I read where people complain about not being able to get hired with no experience. That's the problem new graduates have not being able to find work after graduating. But with CNA it's a lot easier to get hired with no experience because people are always looking for CNA's.
  8. by   Wuzzie
    Quote from Veronicax
    But with CNA it's a lot easier to get hired with no experience because people are always looking for CNA's.
    There's a reason for that.
  9. by   Veronicax
    But doesn't it depend on where you work? In regards to how difficult it might be?
  10. by   quazar
    Quote from Veronicax
    But doesn't it depend on where you work? In regards to how difficult it might be?
    . It can, sure, but most CNA jobs that are plentiful and available are the ones that require extreme physical labor and endurance. It might not be what you want to hear, but it's the truth.

    CNA work is very physically demanding, very sweaty, very hard work. Bottom line. I've done it. It's hard. No other way around it.
  11. by   Julius Seizure
    Ease of finding a job is not the only thing that matters. Try to find something that will help you get to your end goal and fit you the best. There are jobs in those other fields out there, it jut might take more work to look for them. But better that that be miserable in a CNA job that was easy to get because nobody wanted it.
  12. by   amrana
    It is hard in the sense you have to know what you are doing. At the same time it is a rewarding job that requires compassion and understanding. I work with an agency and I love the places they sent me. it is also depends on the facilities you go.
  13. by   JerseyTomatoMDCrab
    I've been a nurse at 4 hospitals in 2 states and I have never heard of or seen a patient throw feces at a staff member, CNA or otherwise.

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