Why do CNA's get low pay for the hard labor that they do? - page 3

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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 residents up and going. The... Read More


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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.
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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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    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.
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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.
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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!
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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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    CNA's have a high turn-over rate and are literally a dime a dozen. This wasn't the case so about 5 years back ( I can attest to that ) but the nursing shortage is a complete myth. The jobs are really impacted so they have plenty of people, who usually speak very little english that needs that 8.00/hr job and will work twice as hard as the next cna to survive for their family.
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    The number one reason why cna's are not paid better is because we don't stand together as a unit. You hear on the news about fast food workers not being paid enough. Well sorry to say but, as a cna we work a lot harder and we work around dangerous conditions like blood, and other bodily fluids. Plus we have to deal with very angry people, as people that are sometimes very violent. It is a back breaking job and studies have shown that there are more work related injuries in the nursing homes than construction workers and most coal miner jobs! Now that says something don't you think? And how much do they pay construction workers and coal miners? My guess is probably from $15-20 an hour. Which is not bad pay at all. How much do they want to pay cna's it depends on the area that you live in is what I am told. But, I live in Northern VA and which is an very expensive area and some jobs I saw they wanted to pay $8-10 an hour! That is crazy I want them to offer that pay to a construction worker and see what the outcome is on that lol.
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    I make $12.45 as a home care med aide. I just got my CNAI, enrolled in CNAII and applied for a job that will pay around $13.59 starting at a hospital.


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