Quote from gettingupthere
Another discussion brought to mind the days when I was a nurses aide. Not a CNA. Does anyone remember those days?
I have always had high regard for nurses aides, certified and otherwise, but I remember when I worked on weekends and after school. We were just kids who thought maybe we might like to be a nurse, let's see what it 's like to work with "patients". Kids can't do that anymore without spending a few weeks in a program and spend, what, $1200?
I think the quality of care has deteriorated since the certification has been required. This is a general comment and by no means is a shot at every CNA, I work with several CNAs who are naturals. Just know how to treat people, who work hard,will do what is asked of them without an arguement. Then there those who obviously hate the job, complain and argue about everything. I don't know any other reason for them to have chosen the career except that there is nothing that they are qualified to do, except work in a nursing home. They treat the old folks like they aren't there, no kindness or respect. sad, but true!
Don't know if any of you can make the same comparison, but was just wondering.
Course we old folks always think everything was better " way back when"
I have been a CNA for four years and I work in a nursing home. I have a close relative who is a retired RN. She has been one of my biggest supporters (emotionally) over the years, and has discussed "the good old days" with me a few times, about when nurse's aides weren't certified. Her recollection of those times are different than the OP's. She said that it was scary at times, how people could come in off the street, with no training, and start working with the older folks. Repeated falls and other mishaps were a common every day thing. She is glad that nursing assistants have to be trained and certified now, and has stated, that they always should have been.
I initially became a CNA, because I wanted to get into the healthcare field but didn't know which direction I wanted to go in. I thought that, as a CNA, I could observe different job positions and some of what they entailed. Perhaps that might help me decide on a career. However, I found out that I truly loved being a CNA and the residents that I help care for every day. Although, this isn't a job that I will do for the rest of my life, I am happy right now, doing what I am doing. It's not because I am not qualified to do anything else! (As the OP stated) I have worked other places doing other jobs, and this is the only place that I have felt a sense of satisfaction for a job well done, at the end of the day. The work is hard and we work short-staffed a lot! But the good does out weigh the bad.
I have helped to take care of many elderly residents in the LTC facility that I work in. Several of those people used to work as RN's. They all tell me that they wished that they had a caring, hardworking CNA, like me, when they were working, as it would have made their job a lot easier. The appreciation that I get from them, means more to me than any praise that I get from my supervisors.