Is being a CNA a really hard job? - page 6

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   hppygr8ful
    YES it is!
  2. by   KRVRN
    Yes. I'll never do it. Kudos to those that do.
  3. by   Veronicax
    Practicing self care doesn't help at all with the physical stress?
  4. by   Tomascz
    I think you're pulling our leg, but yeah, being a CNA is both hard, back breaking work,
    and one of the best intros I can think of to nursing. Get a job on a rehab floor; the PT's will show you how its done. The human spine can really only manage a certain amount of weight and leverage, no matter what, and its not a lot. It's basic physics. Repetition will do the most injury. Some states have free schooling for NA's, but NA's don't usually make a living wage to start with.
  5. by   Veronicax
    I'm not sure what you mean by pulling your leg. I thought it really depended on where you work. But I guess that doesn't because the work will be hard regardless. For example most people say it's best not to work in a nursing home because that's where it's really difficult. Yet working in a hospital is a lot better. How is it that some people work as CNA'S for 20 plus years? I'm just surprised that anyone could be a CNA for that many years since the work is so difficult.
  6. by   blondy2061h
    Quote from Veronicax
    But doesn't it depend on where you work? In regards to how difficult it might be?
    Yes, and the easier places to work will be the more desiraboe jobs with less turnover. They won't be hiring people with no experience constantly like the difficult jobs most people find themselves in to begin with.
  7. by   Veronicax
    The school I'll be attending offers job placement. And I was told that they place CNA'S in hospitals. I'm going to for patient care technician as well. Think I'd have a better chance at getting in at a hospital.
  8. by   Tomascz
    Floor nursing is hard work and people do it for 30 and 40 yrs. The difficulty varies from day to day depending on your census and the acuity of your patient load and whether or not you got enough sleep the night before and a hundred other things. It's not impossible work; it's not a salt mine.
    The only way you're going to know is to try it. I've had a lot of people tell me they couldn't do my job. I can't get my head around that. Go for it. It'll be good experience no matter what you eventually decide to do.
  9. by   Veronicax
    Well I've also thought about Massage Therapy I though that can be hard on the body as well. But I guess it would be a lot of stressful than the CNA work.

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