HELP! I DON"T WANT TO GO THROUGH CNA first... - page 7

This is really not to put any profession down but I've dreamed of being a nurse for soooo long, now only to discover that before entering my LVN program, I have to get the CNA title first! I am... Read More

  1. by   Chaoticdreams33
    WOW, HOT TOPIC!!!

    Here's what I've got to say: for me, when I started Nursing school, the thought of having to do these "horrifying tasks" like cleaning people up was indeed very scary. But I made it thorough my first year, and then I started my nursing assistant job, and now I clean people up all day/night long. It's not so bad. Everyone has their thing that they hate, be it sputum, blood, vomit, or poop. But maybe you'll find that it's not so bad after all. My job as a nursing assistant has been extremely beneficial for me in clinical and I'm sure it will show in my career as a RN starting this summer. Like others have said, poo is part of life, so cleaning up patient's poo is part of the nurses job. Give CNA class a try, you might be pleasantly surprised.
  2. by   ann945n
    Not to sounds harsh but you will encounter way worse then adult diapers as a nursing student or nurse at that. I get coughed on spit up on and spill stuff on me all the time. You cant avoid it the good part about adult depends is that i think you are less likely to get dirty then someone who is vomiting or coughing up stuff. Dont worry you get used to it and get good at jumping out of the way!
  3. by   JaxiaKiley
    I never thought about sucking on a Halls -- thanks for that tip! It will come in handy when I start clinicals this semester.
  4. by   RNHawaii34
    Quote from ann945n
    not to sounds harsh but you will encounter way worse then adult diapers as a nursing student or nurse at that. i get coughed on spit up on and spill stuff on me all the time. you cant avoid it the good part about adult depends is that i think you are less likely to get dirty then someone who is vomiting or coughing up stuff. dont worry you get used to it and get good at jumping out of the way!
    oh i agree with the poster above, this is very true !!! but honestly, there are many things that a nursing student, or a new nurse should worry about other than cleaning poop....trust me, this is definitely not the worse part....once you get over the "poop cleaning, nonstop diaper changing", there are other things you will discover :chuckle i know this because i was a nurse assistant for 10 years before becoming an rn.
  5. by   anne74
    Honestly, poop was the scariest thing for me in nursing school. I'm very sensitive to smells and for some reason poop really does it for me.

    One day as a student nurse on a med/surg floor, almost all of my patients were incontinent. I must have cleaned up more than a dozen code browns. Finally, I helped a 90-yr-old woman to her bedside commode, not knowing that someone had just given her an enema. She released all over me - all down my pants, watch band, the works. I was freaked! But, I realized that I made it through and faced my biggest fear.

    Now as a nurse, I still hate poop and I still gag a lot. But, I've learned to deal with it.

    The moral of the story is, just because you don't like poop doesn't mean you can't be a good nurse. I get annoyed when people say you shouldn't be a nurse if you have issues with bad smells, etc. You just develop coping mechanisms for it. Plus, when you become a nurse, you're so busy all you think about is getting it cleaned up quickly so you can move on to the next task!
  6. by   cuddlesrose
    I am sorry that you feel that way. With out cna's where would you be? Wiping back sides and giving showers. I am a cna and in a health core program right now. I am so tired of hearing "its not my job, I did not go to school for that, or they don't pay me enough money to clean those people up." How sad that you feel this way, just remember that what you dish out you will recieve. I wish that all states required you to be a cna before you applied to a health core program. I pity you, your attitude is not a compasionate one at all.
  7. by   TazziRN
    Quote from cuddlesrose
    I am sorry that you feel that way. With out cna's where would you be? Wiping back sides and giving showers. I am a cna and in a health core program right now. I am so tired of hearing "its not my job, I did not go to school for that, or they don't pay me enough money to clean those people up." How sad that you feel this way, just remember that what you dish out you will recieve. I wish that all states required you to be a cna before you applied to a health core program. I pity you, your attitude is not a compasionate one at all.

    {{{Cuddles}}}
  8. by   Foley1018
    Quote from lookingforward
    This is really not to put any profession down but I've dreamed of being a nurse for soooo long, now only to discover that before entering my LVN program, I have to get the CNA title first! I am horrified of having to do some of the tasks described! This is not whaat I dreamed of all these years, I was thinking more along the lines of changing newborn diapers, not old folk diapers! CAN ANYONE BRING ANY CONSOLATION?
    Hi:
    Good luck in your career choice. I too plan on being a RN when I am thru college. I work as a CNA now while attending classes for the RN Program. It really is important to see first hand what an RN/LPN does. You as an CNA do an very important job assisting these RN/LPNs. I can only stress that I would rather start from the bottom up. That way as you progress thru the chain to RN you will really appreciate and NOT take advanantage of what the CNA or LPN does.You see alot of thing first hand and when in your classes its not only books and classes you sometimes see just what they are talking about. Its not all about" changing diapers" its about the compasison and caring and how you make these people feel. TRUST ME its very important to get this right off the bat. That way you dont forget how you felt as you work your way to the top. Ive worked along some Nurses who never had to have the CNA class first, and it really bothers me on how they act. Im not going to treat the CNA or LPN or any other person I work with in my future that way because I have started from the bottom and I can say Ive been there and done that. Respect between co-workers should be both ways not only deserving to the Nurse in charge.
  9. by   Heather725 RN
    Wow, I can't believe you actually wrote that. I am sure you are going to be blasted. As a nurse, you are responsible for complete care, head to toe, all needs. There are no glorious nursing jobs, I agree that you need to rethink your career choice, sorry. Also, I am very curious, are your parents alive? hmmmmmmmmm
  10. by   manofcare
    Unlike many programs at the CC level, the RN program has a limit on the number of students that can be trained. This relates to clinicals and the number of preceptors to students. Now, understand that the number is limted. How would you like to lose a spot in acceptance to someone who loses it at the first sight of poo? I don't know about you, but I would rather have the spot. One way to find out if you are going to freak is to put you through a CNA course first. This is fair to the students applying for a limited number of spots. One more thing. Please don't get me wrong, I will carry the title RN with a lot of pride. But, I WILL NEVER forget that my job is pt care. You don't have to like it. It's not your call, but for Heaven's sake if your too good to help your pt, go do something else.
  11. by   devilsadvocate
    Quote from lookingforward
    This is really not to put any profession down but I've dreamed of being a nurse for soooo long, now only to discover that before entering my LVN program, I have to get the CNA title first! I am horrified of having to do some of the tasks described! This is not whaat I dreamed of all these years, I was thinking more along the lines of changing newborn diapers, not old folk diapers! CAN ANYONE BRING ANY CONSOLATION?

    I do not want to chime in here just to offend someone but here is a basic fact you should understand. CNA's do nursing tasks to reduce a nurses workload. Is it glamorous? NO! Does every nurse involved in direct patient care do it? ABSOLUTELY! Your reservation about the basics of nursing care should tell you that nursing is not a career choice for you.

    Also, one more thing, I too felt anxiety about CNA tasks and would probably have argued the need to be a CNA first before a nurse. However, I did get my CNA and worked as one. Ask me today and my response would be that no one should be allowed into nursing school without first being a CNA.

    Best wishes to you, you have some tough decisions to make.
  12. by   RNsRWe
    I'm guessing the OP has long since gotten the point by now. :deadhorse
  13. by   one student nurse
    Quote from lookingforward
    This is really not to put any profession down but I've dreamed of being a nurse for soooo long, now only to discover that before entering my LVN program, I have to get the CNA title first! I am horrified of having to do some of the tasks described! This is not whaat I dreamed of all these years, I was thinking more along the lines of changing newborn diapers, not old folk diapers! CAN ANYONE BRING ANY CONSOLATION?
    I went throught he CNA program first - and although later chose a program that had different requirements, I definitely see the advantages of going up a career ladder. I worked for a year as a CNA in a SNIF between programs. It is hard, back-breaking work, and CNA's will always have my respect!! If the CNA does not do her job, or do it well, who's responsibility is it that the client receives decent care??? THE RN!! Where ever you eventually choose to practice - you will always have unpleasant tasks as part of client care. If the rewards of caring for people who desperately need good nursing care do not out weigh the "yuckines" of unpleasant, but vital tasks - - you are heading down the wrong road!!! Maybe you should look into RT or radiology tech???

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