Hi everyone. I always get great feedback here so I have decided to once again share my experience.
I am a new CNA (5 months now) and I became a CNA to dip my toe in the water of nursing. I also learned of the nice tuition reimbursement packages many facilities offer and wanted experience in human services.
I have worked at two facilities and resigned from both, not because I did not like the work or because I didn't love my residents, because I had a very hard time with the other CNA's and some of the LPN's.
Now, I am a very quiet shy person, I think some of the CNA's took my demeanor as "stupidity". I am not sure, I only know I was ordered around, teased (you should be blonde, where is your brain) for something as simple as not shutting a closet door I was taken over the coals..and if it wasn't to my face it was behind my back and repeated to me later. This happened at both places so I said "I quit".
*I have shared this with my boyfriend and he has said things like "you are very pretty and ofcourse woman are going to give you a hard time" or "well you are the new guy and you have to earn their respect"
No. I say as the new quiet shy person I was always going to be given all the hardest residents, all the showers, all the dirty work and I did it only to have them go to the RN and tell her I was "Lazy"....although it was obvious to them I was not.
I am ready to go to school for something else. I don't even have the self-confidence to go on another job interview
for CNA. I am sick over the fact that these CNA's who are basically high school drop outs with major problems have intimidated me out of a job. I admit I am shy and soft spoken and I do have my dizzy moments like everyone does at times, but I have had people absolutely hate me and want me to get into trouble or lose my job over my little quirks, even physically hurt me. I am a good worker, my residents were clean as a whistle, turned correctly and safely and I care very much about them.
I am embarrassed for even mentioning the "pretty" thing...but when he (boyfriend) said that I remembered them making fun of me because I never took the elevator always the stairs and joking about my dieting and not having to wear makeup. I also don't smoke and apparently that made me a real "miss priss"
I refuse to go through this again. There were a few LPN's who had attitudes toward me...but they were miserable people. Maybe I made a big mistake getting into this field. Women DO NOT LIKE ME. Sure, the residents did and their families also...but if you can't get along with your co-workers it makes for a very unhappy week. I would even bring in bagels for them once in a while, chip in for more then my share for pizza so others could have some. Never again. I just can't figure out why I always get this treatment from women. I never ever had any problems with the male CNA's or male nurses. It is effecting my life in a negative way and depressing me. I guess that is what these individuals wanted, to hurt me. They succeeded...I am unemployed and depressed.