Why become a CNA? Be a Medical assistant instead - page 4

This isn't a commercial but a warning. Like most folks here, I decided to become a CNA to learn from the "ground up"," pay my dues", get in contact with healthcare professionals. It's the biggest... Read More

  1. Visit  newbienurse111 profile page
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    Many others have said it but I'll say it again. Do yourself a favor and become a LPN instead. The time in school is the same (sometimes shorter) if your getting an A.A.S in MA, plus your paid a little more to do virtually the same job (minus pt assessment) and it's much easier to find a job as an LPN than it is as an MA.
    lina.561, heathert_kc, and juliaann like this.
  2. Visit  uscgtrucker profile page
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    One of the biggest problems I find with the CNA field is that people come into it thinking "how hard can it really be taking care of old people, all they do is sit around and watch tv all day". Swear to God I've heard that! They think its going to be easy breezy but when they find out whats really involved they turn and run. Had they just done even the slightest bit of research and talked to a few CNA's they couldve saved themselves months of heartbreak (and backache). I personally have 5 people that I'm close with that work in the CNA field that I asked LOTS of questions of before even signing up for school. Another problem is no two facilities are the same, you have good ones and you have bad ones, if you get into a bad one right from the get go its gonna turn you off to the profession the rest of your life no matter what anybody has to say about the "good" facilities. I've only been a CNA since Aug 09 and absolutely LOVE it. Yes alot of days are a challenge but I got hired by a great company and work at home with only 4 clients. The guys I work with are great and totally make it worth coming to work every day, even on the worst of days. I truely am sorry that the OP had a bad experience but this all couldve been avoided had a few questions been asked before jumping in with both feet
  3. Visit  juliaann profile page
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    Quote from amyRMA
    Very rewarding career choice and some offices only hire MA's instead of nurses. Not sure exactly why, but they are. If you really want to do it, go for it! I didn't regret my choice...I love (most!) of our patients and that's why I'm in this biz. Go for it!
    I guess this is why it's important to do local research first! In my area (Oklahoma) clinics almost exclusively hire LPNs over MAs, but I guess everywhere is different! I'm glad you've found what works for you, I hope some of the other people in this thread that aren't as happy with their job duties can find something they enjoy as well!
  4. Visit  SanAngelonurse profile page
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    Hi folks I just had to log in and reply to this one. I live in west Texas and know a little something about the healthcare field for my area. The facilities here use both Medical Assistants and Certified Nurse Aide, Licensed Nurses, and Registered Nurse of all levels. We have private schools offering Medical Assistant training; and Jr. Colleges and nursing homes offering Nurse Aid training.
    Yes there are jobs availiable in these areas of healthcare. Yes there is some turnover in most areas. Some people do not like the jobs or can't do the job or move on to something else;but maybe still in healthcare.

    I would encourge anyone that is interested working in the healthcare field to seek the right job for you. Jobs and people to work for or to work with are just as different as they can be. Educate your self to learne about your job and the ones around your such as the Dietary, the Rehab, Nursing and Management, to name a few.

    I have been in health care for many, many years and I love it and I am proud to be a RN. When I started in healthcare there were Licensed and Registered Nurses and Medical Doctors and some other areas that were Licensed or Certified. Everything else was on the job training.

    I started in a Hospital as a Ward Clerk or Secretary. I learned to transfer orders, and do other needed paper work for the Nurses and Doctors. After a short time there I knew for sure that I wanted to be a Nurse. It just clicked with me. I started working on the floor as a nurse aide, of course it was hard work. I challenged my self that I could do the job. I completed the Licensed Nursing Program; in Texas we call it LVN. I moved out of state and worked in other places as a LPN. Eventually I went to college and became a Registered Nurse.

    The jobs I did early on were somewhat like a Medical Assistant and a Certified Nurse Aide. I have never request that someone working with or for me do something that I have not done.

    One Director of Nurses would say "Work Smarter not Harder."

    In boxing the Referee says, "Gentelmen Protect Yourself at All Times." This is good for us in healthcare.

    Those wanting to be a Nurse often find that the Certified Nurse Aide training helps them to get into a college program. I think that unless one knows they are going to be very good at the college level work, going to a Licensed Nurse program will be good. Any healthcare training is great, some will learn quicker than others. If we did not have folks that are happy to work as aides or assistants we would be in bad shape. All or needed.

    No, health care is not for everyone but for those of us that enjoy being caretakers and caregivers and love a job with a challenge that always has something New to learn, something different to do being in healthcare can be great.
    Good Luck
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  5. Visit  Sart45 profile page
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    Just another situation...I received my CNA license Feb. '09. I thoroughly enjoyed the program (which only cost $500.00). We did our clinicals at a LTC facility. To be honest, I never wanted to work in that situation. I have since applied for over 50 CNA positions in hospitals and have not even gotten called for an interview! I'm in the Denver metro area which has many hospitals. I worked as a Unit Secretary for 4 years many years ago so have hospital experience more or less. I'm currently finishing up prereq's for nursing school and really want to get experience as a CNA but no experience/no job!
  6. Visit  losgatos81 profile page
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    Hello:
    I am finishing up my CNA course externship now (at a (very nice) LTC/rehab/hospice facility) and-all I can say is wow...wow, wow, wow.There is a special place in heaven for CNA's-no doubt about that.
    For me, I chose the cna course over the med assistant because so many people told me it would make me a better nurse, so I am holding on to that belief. Tightly. Real freak'in tightly.
    I told myself that today all while I was changing the brief on a practically immobile, 375+lb lady- and urine inevitably got all over, I told myself that when a resident told me they were going to bite me (for what-I don't know.) I told myself that when I was emptying a colostomy bag..... nothing can prepare you for that smell.
    So Amen to the comment on school admins. glossing things over, BUT I am gonna stick with it, in the hopes that it will make nursing school easier. Also-now I have a better understanding of what I like/dislike.
    For example, I found I liked the hospice side- and that was something I always swore I could never do...
    (As far as I know, which may not be much ) MA's primarily find work @ Dr.'s offices, CNA's sort of have more areas to choose from- so if you are considering Nursing -being a CNA may be a good way to discover where you fit in before you even start.
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  7. Visit  NurseCubanitaRN2b profile page
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    Quote from Sart45
    Just another situation...I received my CNA license Feb. '09. I thoroughly enjoyed the program (which only cost $500.00). We did our clinicals at a LTC facility. To be honest, I never wanted to work in that situation. I have since applied for over 50 CNA positions in hospitals and have not even gotten called for an interview! I'm in the Denver metro area which has many hospitals. I worked as a Unit Secretary for 4 years many years ago so have hospital experience more or less. I'm currently finishing up prereq's for nursing school and really want to get experience as a CNA but no experience/no job!
    Most hospitals want you to have LTC experience because a lot of the patients end up in that environment. If you don't have LTC experience, most hospitals will pass your application. If you really want to gain experience as a CNA then you should apply to the LTC facilities anyway. You want the experience then take it anyway you can get it. You will learn so much from it. Once you get the experience that you need for hospital positions then you can apply for them. As of right now they most likely wont touch you because they have others who have either experience in the hospital or in LTC.
    KimberlyRN89, Sart45, and fuzzywuzzy like this.
  8. Visit  aztova profile page
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    I agree. I have a CNA license it has to be the worst job possible. It is a totally underpaid job and a disgusting one as well. I would advise my worst enemy to go and become a CNA. Ugh. It actually helped me to decide that nursing most likely isn't for me because being a CNA is so gross.
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  9. Visit  lina.561 profile page
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    Quote from Sart45
    Just another situation...I received my CNA license Feb. '09. I thoroughly enjoyed the program (which only cost $500.00). We did our clinicals at a LTC facility. To be honest, I never wanted to work in that situation. I have since applied for over 50 CNA positions in hospitals and have not even gotten called for an interview! I'm in the Denver metro area which has many hospitals. I worked as a Unit Secretary for 4 years many years ago so have hospital experience more or less. I'm currently finishing up prereq's for nursing school and really want to get experience as a CNA but no experience/no job!
    Put down your clinicals for your experience. I know its not much, but hey its something!
  10. Visit  DARLA766 profile page
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    No one hires Medical Assistants anymore. There are 3 girls in my CNA class who are med assistants, but have been working in that same field for over 10 years. They are in the class, because they now need to be state certified. That means CNA class. Also, phlebotemists can not get hired unless they have a CNA license.
    smartnurse1982 likes this.
  11. Visit  NurseCubanitaRN2b profile page
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    Quote from lina.561
    Put down your clinicals for your experience. I know its not much, but hey its something!
    Actually you're not supposed to put down your clinicals as part of your experience because it's included with the education section. What they mean by experience is "paid experience".
  12. Visit  FraidoCat profile page
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    Quote from SanAngelonurse
    One Director of Nurses would say "Work Smarter not Harder."
    That phrase always made me laugh. I think it's a corporate/management phrase that really means, "I don't care how you do it, just shut up and do it." I actually laughed out loud once when our DON used it in a meeting.
  13. Visit  fuzzywuzzy profile page
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    Quote from FraidoCat
    That phrase always made me laugh. I think it's a corporate/management phrase that really means, "I don't care how you do it, just shut up and do it."
    lol! I can understand the phrase, because I've seen girls who don't "work smart" and day after day they can't get their work done. At the same time you're totally right about how management squeezes more unrealistic work on you and then turns around and blames the underlings when they don't do it.

    I've also heard comments about CNAs working "too fast." My DON has said that "there's no reason the 3-11 CNAs have to rush around the get all their work done by 9:30." She thinks they just do it so they can sit around and be lazy the rest of the night. Um, hello? If you're still putting people to bed past 8:30 or so, then the residents are ******! Most of them want to jump into bed before they've even swallowed that last bite of supper. Not to mention the incontinent people that you didn't get to UNTIL 9:30 have now probably been sitting in the same position, untoileted, for around 6 hours. You know when someone gets a pressure sore one of the first things that happens is a lecture about peri care and repositioning and how those good-for-nothing CNAs aren't doing it!
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