Why do CNA's get low pay for the hard labor that they do? - page 2

Today was the fourth day of clinicals as a CNA student, and so far I had quite an experience but I am loving every moment of it. I am just so surprised how fast the CNA's have to be to get to their... Read More

  1. Visit  Mewsin profile page
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    Quote from Mr.FutureDNP23
    Mewsin -19.87 hr? CNA? That's better than what some RN's make in my area. Are you in California?
    I'm in Canada actually. The wage is huge for me. I'm a nursing student and picking up one shift on the weekend is over $200. Although I'm already doing the math, my lpn wage will be $33 an hour when I'm finished, well worth it for the stress of school.
  2. Visit  kalevra profile page
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    Very limited scope of practice.

    Hard manual labor does not always mean better pay
  3. Visit  aywl profile page
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    Quote from Mewsin
    I'm in Canada actually. The wage is huge for me. I'm a nursing student and picking up one shift on the weekend is over $200. Although I'm already doing the math, my lpn wage will be $33 an hour when I'm finished, well worth it for the stress of school.
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    Canada pay NA good wage, 18cad to 24cad hourly plus shift differentials
  4. Visit  soxgirl2008 profile page
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    As others have said CNAs have less responsibility than RNs. Many CNAs are just using the job as a stepping stone to nursing, and are willing to take less pay for the experience they get. Could I make more as a server? Probably, but being an ER tech is giving me way more experience and will help me more with becoming an RN than being a server would.
  5. Visit  brithoover profile page
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    Quote from Mewsin
    I'm in Canada actually. The wage is huge for me. I'm a nursing student and picking up one shift on the weekend is over $200. Although I'm already doing the math, my lpn wage will be $33 an hour when I'm finished, well worth it for the stress of school.
    Where are you going to make $33 as an LPN? I'm an RN in Toronto at $30
  6. Visit  Mewsin profile page
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    Quote from brithoover
    Where are you going to make $33 as an LPN? I'm an RN in Toronto at $30
    Keeping in mind I'm still a nursing student, so I'm not making it yet. Our lpn starting wage is step 1 $31.01, step 2 $32.10, step 3 $33.21. I'm in SK.

    This could explain why we ended up with a number of Toronto grads in our facility.
  7. Visit  brithoover profile page
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    Quote from Mewsin
    Keeping in mind I'm still a nursing student, so I'm not making it yet. Our lpn starting wage is step 1 $31.01, step 2 $32.10, step 3 $33.21. I'm in SK.

    This could explain why we ended up with a number of Toronto grads in our facility.
    Wow that's super high and cost of living I'm sure is cheaper than Totonto!
  8. Visit  Destiny'skid profile page
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    I have always earned an average of 11 an hour I won't even look twice at jobs offering less than 9. I did have to get some education and considering how demanding the job is I just won't do it for less. If I am going to get paid 7.50 I am going to go work as a server somewhere.
  9. Visit  funtimes profile page
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    Quote from Code3Nursing
    I have been an EMT for YEARS and I get paid less than CNA's... That is why I am in Nursing School. I have worked in the worst conditions ie: 120 degree heat traffic collisions on the HWY, raining & snowing... I got paid less than 14.00/hr for the last 10 years... why because that is the going rate for the dime a dozen EMT's out there. It only took me 6 months to get certified, no prereq's required...
    You're comparing apples to oranges. CNA is a much harder job than EMT from my experience, and I've done both. I'll be the first to admit EMTs are probably a little underpaid, but I found being an EMT to be a fairly easy job, where else do you get paid while your sleeping. It could be stressful at times, but still a lot easier than most jobs I've done. I've never found being a CNA an easy job, its difficult backbreaking stressful work with little to no respect.

    As for the added responsibility of being an RN versus a CNA. Yes being an RN can be more stressful im sure, but RNs typically make like TWICE what a CNA makes. I also dont buy the notion that CNAs have no accountability. CNAs where I've worked get fired and investigated at a FAR higher rate than RNs do.
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  10. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Quote from funtimes
    I also dont buy the notion that CNAs have no accountability. CNAs where I've worked get fired and investigated at a FAR higher rate than RNs do.
    On the other hand, in all my years in nursing I've never encountered a CNA who has been personally named in a lawsuit.

    Nurses get sued. Doctors get sued. Healthcare facilities get sued. People and entities with legal accountability over patients get sued, and this does not include the CNA.
  11. Visit  rcassell77 profile page
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    I live in the metro Detroit area. My base rate is almost $17 an hour and I am on the lower end of what other NAs on my unit make ( seniority ). I am also one of the few that is actually certified. After shift differentials and weekend rates I make as much as a lot of LPNs.
  12. Visit  klhobson profile page
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    I make $10.82/hr as a CNA in the Indianapolis area. The pay sucks, agreed, but I knew what I was signing up for. The experience is priceless though, so in the end, it all works out for me. In a year I'll have my BSN so I'm definitely looking forward to that pay hike!
  13. Visit  fearfree profile page
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    It really depends on location. For example,
    AZ Arizona - $26,000 annualy
    MA Massachusetts - $34,000 annualy

    As you can see it's about 30% difference.

    Add some experience dependencies. Some statistics:
    Entry level CNA (Nurse Aide): $20,500 annualy
    Experienced level CNA (Nurse Aide): $36,200 annualy

    Information taken from: Annual salaries for CNA / CNA information / CNA Online - Certified Nurse Assistant certification.


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