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 experience i loved so far is the time you get to be with the residents at bedside. I knew what I was going into wasn't easy and and the pay is low. I find it bizarre that all these CNA's are working so hard with the amount of workload that they have and are not getting paid like more than $10 or better yet $15 and up. I understand they may not have an education of an RN or and LVN/LPN. My instructor is a retired RN and told us the higher the education the less time you spend at beside with the resident/patient. This may or may not be true but the truth is the workload of a CNA is just wow, but that's pretty much how the health system goes. Life isn't always fair I guess and someone has to do the job.
Anyways, I just want to share my thoughts.
To all the CNA's out there who have doing this for years I give you my utmost respect. I appreciate what you guys do. Hopefully as a CNA student and soon to be a rn student I can acquire what I learn and use this experience to one day be a great nurse!
Enjoy the rest of your day or night!