Making a living as a CNA

  1. 2 You can definitely make money as a CNA. I started out working in nursing homes for about 9 months and I finally got an offer to work in a hospital. It was the best thing money wise I could have done.

    I work at least 104 hr a paycheck. After my regular 84 hrs I make $15.74 a hr which is great and I can get all the overtime I want. I am in MS of course cost of living is not that high here. I will admit to make money you have to work really long hrs. What I like to do is turn my 12 hrs into 16 hrs a day and work 7 days a week. Therefor I can get my overtime and not have to work on my off days. This year I made close to 30,000 and that is a huge jump from the 15,000 I made in ltc. I encourage any CNA to get into a hospital and especially one that offers a lot of overtime.
    Last edit by Joe V on Feb 11, '13
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  4. Visit  Corpsman514 profile page
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    I miss those nights! Overtime is awesome!!! Sigh, I need to get back to my PCT job I was a critical care PCT (I mainly worked MICU with occasional pulls to the ED, Step Down, SICU, and PACU).
    Enjoy it!!! Now I'm in school and that is a job in it's self. I'm considering a PRN gig.
  5. Visit  Mewsin profile page
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    I can't even imagine working that much. If I work 5-12s in a row I know my patient care and safety is being compromised. Good for you for being so dedicated, I'm just grateful I have days off.
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    Quote from Mewsin
    I can't even imagine working that much. If I work 5-12s in a row I know my patient care and safety is being compromised. Good for you for being so dedicated, I'm just grateful I have days off.
    I absolutely agree that time off away from this type of work is needed.My job compared to others is not that hard.On my floor the cna duty is to take baths,turn patients and get vital signs every 4 hrs.When I come in 4 hrs early its usually a cna who is their so i help her with her work.I am grateful to work with Registered Nurse's who don't mind wiping a butt or two if I am too busy.I also work the night shift and on nights from 12-3 I have a lot of down time.
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    Quote from Corpsman514
    I miss those nights! Overtime is awesome!!! Sigh, I need to get back to my PCT job I was a critical care PCT (I mainly worked MICU with occasional pulls to the ED, Step Down, SICU, and PACU).
    Enjoy it!!! Now I'm in school and that is a job in it's self. I'm considering a PRN gig.
    Congrats!!!Are you in school to be a RN?You are so right that is a job within itself.Until I go back in August I will be saving up so I won't have to work so hard and still be able to pay my bills.
  8. Visit  StudentNurse91 profile page
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    Hi everyone
    I am a nursing student going for my RN degree. Lately, I've been thinking about getting my CNA license so I can start gaining some experience in patient care. I have never been exposed to this field, so I think it would be a good idea to start by working as a CNA. Would you recommend I do that?
  9. Visit  thelittledoe profile page
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    Quote from Mewsin
    I can't even imagine working that much. If I work 5-12s in a row I know my patient care and safety is being compromised. Good for you for being so dedicated, I'm just grateful I have days off.
    I couldn't have said it better myself. I'm in school part time and after a 12 hour NOC, I feel like I need a full 24 hours to recover! I feel like I'm in a daze the shift after a 12 hour NOC.
  10. Visit  i_love_patient_care profile page
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    I used to work a lot of hours too. I worked PRN for a facility and they'd work me every day if I let them! It's good money if you're willing to do it, but it does wear you out. Recently I went to home health care and I'm lovin it
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    Quote from StudentNurse91
    Hi everyone
    I am a nursing student going for my RN degree. Lately, I've been thinking about getting my CNA license so I can start gaining some experience in patient care. I have never been exposed to this field, so I think it would be a good idea to start by working as a CNA. Would you recommend I do that?
    I would definitely recommend it because you can gain a lot of knowledge being a cna in a hospital.I know about different medicines and what they are used for.I even know the steps to starting an IV.You also gain confidence in how to handle different patients and their attitudes.I am so happy I became a CNA before I went straight into nursing.I decided it wasn't for me and that I would rather be a Physical Therapy Assistant.Being a RN is so much responsibility and I am not ready to have someone else's life in my hands.I have heard to many nurses say that if they would have known it was this hard that they would've tried something else.But I have heard a couple say that they love their job.It just really depends on the person.I would definitely encourage you to become a CNA and see if being an RN is something that you truly want and have a passion for.
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    Good for you!!! I am a cna for four years now but have not worked in a hospital environment yet.
  13. Visit  StudentNurse91 profile page
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    Thank you for your response. I really appreciate it. Yes, I see a lot of CNA/LPNS in school that have so much experience when it comes to technical procedures, medicine, etc and that's really a plus. I love the program so far, but I feel like I'm learning from scratch and don't have anything to relate the material I learn in school with.
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    Quote from princess247cna
    I would definitely recommend it because you can gain a lot of knowledge being a cna in a hospital.I know about different medicines and what they are used for.I even know the steps to starting an IV.You also gain confidence in how to handle different patients and their attitudes.I am so happy I became a CNA before I went straight into nursing.I decided it wasn't for me and that I would rather be a Physical Therapy Assistant.Being a RN is so much responsibility and I am not ready to have someone else's life in my hands.I have heard to many nurses say that if they would have known it was this hard that they would've tried something else.But I have heard a couple say that they love their job.It just really depends on the person.I would definitely encourage you to become a CNA and see if being an RN is something that you truly want and have a passion for.
    Thank you for your response. I really appreciate it. Yes, I see a lot of CNA/LPNS in school that have so much experience when it comes to technical procedures, medicine, etc and that's really a plus. I love the program so far, but I feel like I'm learning from scratch and don't have anything to relate the material I learn in school with.
  15. Visit  funtimes profile page
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    Making a living as a CNA can be done, but its not easy. Even if you do make a decent amount of money its the wear and tear on your back that makes it tough to make a career out of being a CNA.

    RNs experience some wear and tear on their back as well, but they are a lot better compensated for it financially, and RNs can often find jobs that require little to no heavy lifting, where as with a CNA its going to be a big part of the job no matter where you work. Sadly a lot of the lowest paid CNAs work in places where they are doing the most heavy lifting, mainly in LTC.

    I would recommend that every CNA that can do it go for more medical training, even if you like being a CNA. If you can, try to take one class a semester even if you arent particularly book smart and struggled in high school, you should still be able to take a class like medical terminology one semester, beginning A&P another, and maybe some MA classes, and in a couple years you will possess skills that will enable you to branch out from being a CNA, or stand a much better chance of working as a hospital PCT.

    From there you can decide to go on to be an RN, or not. Its not for everyone as there is increasing competition for school seats, and its expensive and time consuming, so its unrealistic to expect that every CNA is going to become an RN.

    Ive been non commital on RN at this point, just adding gradually to my skill set. Getting my EMT license one year, taking phlebotomy classes another, A&P this year, while still working as a CNA and PCT. If I was 18 again I would just focus on becoming an RN, but life didnt turn out that way.

    God bless people who can make a career as a CNA, but I dont see it as a long term job prospect for most people, its just too hard a job for too little money, and its a shame, because being a competent CNA takes a fair amount of skill and dedication, not everyone can do it, so I feel some CNAs are wasting their talent by not continuing on.
    CLUVRN likes this.


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