Since I have never worked in the health care system maybe someone can please educate me about this because I am having trouble understanding the CNA title in and of itself.
For one thing why does this position fall under so many different labels? I have seen CNAs be called LSNs, STNAs, GNAs, bedside nurses, orderlies, patient care assistants, tech partners, clinical nurses and a few more I can't think of off the top of my head. I just don't get why a CNA can't simply be called a CNA. I mean an RN is an RN and an LPN might get changed to a LPN but that's about it (at least I haven't seen anything else.). It also makes the job hunt a real pain in the wahzoo because depending on what a place calls their aides the place might not even come up! So I have to keep punching in all these different titles into the search engine just to get more job hits.
Another issue I'm having is the whole getting a license process. Many hospitals hire technical partners that require you to draw blood, EKGs, pulse ox, glucose readings plus all sorts of other diagnostics along with CNA duties as well and they don't need a license yet, a person who is working at an LTC and not doing any of that and just basic care needs to be licensed? That just doesn't seem right to me. Plus it's not like CNAs get paid heaps more money just because they have their license.
I know one hospital near me hired Technical Support Partners and CNAs. In the orientation we asked what the difference was. The HR rep said there was no difference. Same job duties, same pay, same scrubs, even the same training. The ONLY difference was that after the training period was done the people in the CNA group could sit for the boards and the tech partner group couldn't. When drilled a little further about this he said because of some health organization's rules only CNA's could work at one of their campuses and the rest didn't need to be licensed to work at the other campuses.
I guess what I'm trying to say is I wish there was some uniformity in this career path. You attend a college or a hospital or the Red Cross and receive your training and hospitals have RN's, LPN's and CNA's and if nursing students want in on it then call them Nurse techs and that's it!
Ok lol sorry for this rant but I hope a more experienced CNA can help me out with this because it's a tad confusing right now.