Hello everyone. I am currently working at a pediatrics LTC. I'm 20, but I'd say I'm pretty lanky, around 5'10. I'm also one of the very few male CNA's there. I'm a little down because I recently got a back strain, and now I will be unable to work for a week. I had to 'dump' my patients on another CNA, while I went to the urgent care. And I've already been working there for almost three months.
I'm very grateful that I'm able to work with children, (being that majority of CNAs work sub-acute) but some of them, especially the teenagers are heavy. Some of the girls I work with pointed that I should start going to the gym more because they really need MEN to help them lift patients. I'm the lightest male CNA at my facility, so I'm not very strong.
I'm really trying, but I'm also hurting myself in the process. I know I should stand up to these girls more, and I will. I just need a little advice.
On the other side, I really want to become a Nurse, I love my job, it's just I find the lifting all the time, very stressful. The people are also stressful, but I ignore them. I also am thinking of ditching my plans to go to RN school to being a LVN/LPN, because it's quicker. I was originally planning to work as a CNA while I try to earn my ADN, but I don't think I'll be able to work as a CNA for three plus years. And I think the LVN-RN bridge programs will be easier to get into.
I think one mistake men in this field make is trying to "save the day" for our female counterparts and you (the OP) have just proven that men can just as easily get hurt. Dude don't try to be a superhero because by the time you are 30 you won't have a back left. As for going to the gym and needing more men, your female counter parts should really consider going to the gym themselves.
A lot of moving has to do with: 1 knowing your limits and 2 asking for help even if you are a guy and may feel embarrassed to ask the female CNA's for help, but as you can see men get hurt to.
I'm a nursing student and last year in one of my clinicals this female CNA wanted me to pull and transfer this guy to another bed, I told her I think we should get more help and mind you I'm not weak nor feeble but the patient was big and the angle of pulling would have really strained my back if I was doing it alone. She thought I was being rude and we switched places so she did the pulling while I do the pushing using a transfer board. We got it done but I still told her she could hurt her back doing that and we should have gotten more help. As helpful as I am, I'm the kind of person who jumps in to help everyone and anyone, but I'm not foolish...if I'm not comfortable with something someone's gotta help me. If we use more team work CNA and Nursing back injuries will be greatly reduced.
EDIT: Once there are enough people to help a transfer really takes less than 5 seconds and everyone back will be saved. You will also find that as you move from CNA to nursing, some RN's have the thought that moving a patient is no longer their "job" and they leave it all to the CNA's...so you could say you would be lifting less as an RN if you want to be that type of nurse, but I won't. Also as an RN, their are many other areas you can get into where patients are able to walk and transfer themselves.
Last edit by ArrowRN on Jan 23, '14
A chick said she needed a "man" to help lift? Wow, she should not be a CNA if she's not comfortable with the physcial aspect of the job. I was 125#, 5'1" and I lift the heaviest of the residents by myself (safely and always asking help, if needed). That sucks about your back. Strength in lifting will come with time. Tell them sexist gals to get over themselves.
Last edit by PTKChic on Jan 24, '14