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

by M4ri_777

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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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