why so mean? - page 5

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Hey fellow CNA's and student CNA's. I am currently in my last week of classes for my CNA training. Graduation is Friday. I love it. Figure this will be a great job while I am going to school for my Associate's for RN. York county... Read More


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    Have had a few days and a few more experiences (new every day, huh?) I have concluded that the meanies are in the minority. But, they are every where...
    Have noticed something also: with them it is always something or someone, so don't take it seriously. If you are not around for a while, some other poor soul will get it. I think the source is unhappieness. I say pray for them.
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    Good Luck! Having just joined the site this is my first post and one I feel strongly about. I started as a CNA in a LTC facility. When the first semester of nursing school came around they changed their minds and decided not to pay for school. I was doing a clinical at a trauma hospital close to home so applied. I just happened to end up on a medical floor and what a blessing for learning. Some people are just better teachers than others and can do it without "putting themselves out". One thing I can tell you though - I defintely think the nurses who started out as CNAs have an advantage. You can quite often tell the difference. Not in smarts but in day to day patient care! Chin up!
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    I've been a CNA for 6 years in a variety of settings and am a nursing student. I think there is always a bad egg in the bunch. Not everyone is in nursing for the right reasons and people get burnt out. I consider myself a decent CNA and I will always get someone who is unhappy once in awhile. I didn't take out trash...did I do this for so and so? moving around to different floors brings different expectations. I think the bottom line is that CNA's are people too and we need respect and to be treated in a professional way. If a nurse has issues it's okay to bring them up in a respectful way...ditch the attitude at the door. I just realize that in nursing everything is like karma. someday that CNA just might be working with you or you may need their help. I vow that when I become a nurse to remember where I came from.
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    Probably stress.
    Last edit by chadash on Apr 16, '07
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    I'm a very efficient CNA. I do my job well, and I know what I'm doing. Then I go to clinicals at the hospital, and as a student nurse, I'm slow, insecure, and I forget things sometimes. I appreciate beyond belief the nurses who are patient and make an effort to teach me, because in just a short year and a half, I will be working side by side with them. Or caring for their loved one.
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    Quote from lovingtheunloved
    I'm a very efficient CNA. I do my job well, and I know what I'm doing. Then I go to clinicals at the hospital, and as a student nurse, I'm slow, insecure, and I forget things sometimes. I appreciate beyond belief the nurses who are patient and make an effort to teach me, because in just a short year and a half, I will be working side by side with them. Or caring for their loved one.
    Amen!
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    I love the students they helped me out a whole lot especially if we are short of staff
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    Having not gone through CNA training, but being lucky enough to fall into a great job 8 years ago ,even as an experienced critical care patient care tech I have found that CNA's can be brutal to newcomers. Most of the techs at our hospital either started out as a CNA in LTC or are in nursing school, so the levels of experience varies greatly. Having worked PICU, ED, and adult ICU my knowledge base is vastly different from that of an aide who has only worked LTC. There are things that they with their background are just better at than me. I am not the best person to oreint a newcomer to the unit, and I will be the first to admit it. But I was a newbie once and someone had to take the time to teach me, so I try and always remember that. It is frustrating to have a student shadowing in a critical situation, but they need to observe and learn. There are some CNA's that I wouldn't want to have to orient to our unit, because of their know it all attitude, but if we needed the help, I'd find a way to do it with a smile .
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    As many have posted I feel that people tend to forget that they too were once a "Newbie". I appreciate the CNA's that I work with so much. We have a few that go way above and beyond what is expected of them. The funny thing is that the CNA's that do not work as hard are mean to them. I don't understand where people like that get their mentality? Why be mean to someone who is a hard worker? I have never understood that part of life. It happens everywhere you work and everywhere you go. My thought is that you can only do your best and try not to let these people bother you. When the day is over and you go home to your family that stuff does not matter. Unfortunately it happens all of the time. I personally love to have a newbie because I appreciate the help and I love to teach new skills to an eager person
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    Hey!!!!!!!!, I just wanted to say that I am getting ready to start my CNA class this month. I totally agree with you when you asked why so mean. I have not experienced it yet but I have heard from another Tech when I was being interviewed for a clerical position at a hospital and the manager was explaining to me that the nurses can be rude at times and she also asked me how would I handle the situation if it was to happen to me and I simply explained to her that I don't take abuse from anybody I don't care who it is because when you are working with people you are to be professional at all times. I totally agree with you that some of them have forgot when they first started but I guess it's up to us as new graduates or students to remind them that they were once students too. My thing is this you show me respect and I will show you respect I am 35 years old and I definitely don't let anybody look down on me or make sarcastic comments without giving them back see some people needs to be put in there place off the break as simple as that and you don't even have to be nasty when you say whatever it is you need to say and always make sure when you are finish getting your point across to tell them to have a nice day. :spin:


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