HI, I just had to add my two cents. I am a student CNA II at a big level one trauma center. I am the only aide on my shift and I often walk 4-6 miles a night transporting patients as well as other CNA duties and doing EKG's, foleys, chaperoning pelvic exams, etc...
I am entirely devoted to my manager because she paid for me to take an ekg interpretation class and ACLS. In addition, she took an interest in my education and shared her research with me, allowing me to complete several papers for school with a little more ease (and it cost her nothing but time). Because of this, I have come in early, late, on weekends, worked Christmas, Easter, you name it. SHe took time, to really develop a relationship with me. Inf act, when my car broke down, her husband helped me find one that wouldn't. She
I must admit, however, I also get paid double what you are paying you CNA's and I always get an "outstanding" on evals, ensuring a raise. I feel pretty lucky, I'll remember your post when I get annoyed by the lack of respect that I still encounter at times. In addition, now that I have graduated school, I will soon leave for an RN position in another hospital, but if I ever get the chance to move back there, I will be beating down the doors to be an RN in that unit (retention retention retention)
Most CNA's don't want ACLS, but maybe an NA II class would be a big incentive, say if you stay 6 months and are recommended by you chrge RN? Good Luck. HollyKate