I'm a new cna and have been working for a few weeks. I know it's early to start ranting about my job and being a cna, especially when they're cna's that have been working this job for years and years. I will get to the back story of my rant here. I became a cna because I have been unemployed for over 2 years without luck finding a job. My stepdad kept bugging me about going to nursing school
and being a cna for years since I graduated from high school (I'm 21 now) and told me how stable the job was and how I will always find work.
So after a few years of being bugged about nursing school/cna classes I signed up and completed my cna classes last fall and passed my state test last January. While finally getting a job, making money, and working again makes me happy, I don't like the job title or work. I was never interested in health care in terms of a job or career choice and never cared about going to nursing school like most of my coworkers. I am currently at a 2 year school planning on transferring to a 4 year school for a BA. I want to major in political science (a field I am passionate about).
I find working in a rehab/extended care facility tiresome, uninspiring, and depressing. My work days are interfering with my school days and study time, and I have told this to the lady who handles scheduling. When I told her I wanted to take a day off to study more for school she got snippy with me and told me I have to stay on this schedule for another month. I honestly don't think I will stay there for over 6 months. 3/4 of the staff hate their jobs (even the RNs and LPNs) and complains about it during the breaks and lunch. The facility itself is in bad condition and is run down. The pay is only min wage and we are terribly understaffed. Idk, they're like 2 cnas that actually look like they enjoy their job and I look at them with disbelief.
I listen to some of the most depressing stories about the treatment the residents get and how bad their lives are, I don't know what to do. I hear and see them whale in pain and I can't do anything but get a RN to help them. Idk how some people work this job for more than a few years. Being a cna is too laboring, underpaid, and underappreciated. We also get looked down on by the higher ups (RNs, LPNs, Back office workers, etc) even the cooks in the kitchen look down on us where I work at. Being a cna is like being the janitors of the health industry. We do the work no one else wants to do. This only motivates me to work harder in school to get out and do what I love for a living. Everything feels so uninspiring.
Sorry for my long rant. I had to say something about it. I just feel depressed and uninspired about everything.