Sometimes I Miss Being a CNA - page 2

I miss being able to go in, do my job, and go home to my family. I'm tired of all the responsibility and all the problems of being a nurse. Anyone else feel like this or am I just having... Read More

  1. by   UM Review RN
    True, there's a lot about being a CNA that I don't miss.

    What I'm talking about here is what TigerGaile and Aunty said--we miss the patient contact.

    I find it so ironic that some of the things that would help me do a better job as a nurse with these patients are tasks now delegated to CNAs.
  2. by   angel337
    sometimes i miss being a patient care tech. the job was easier, no liabilty. if the pay wasn't so bad , i probably would have stayed a tech a little while longer. now that i am a nurse, i want to do something else. never satisfied are we???
  3. by   AuntieRN
    I always tell my boss she can send me back to being a tech as long as she continues to pay me my nurse pay..she laughs at me...
  4. by   marylyric
    Quote from TeleRNer
    I don't miss having a nurse come to me at the end of shift complaining that I didn't do my 8th bedbath, when at the time I was helping out a fellow CNA transfer a patient to bed who weighed a ton!
    I don't miss being looked down upon by fellow health care workers for cleaning people's behinds!
    I don't miss arrogant nurses who wouldn't greet you in the morning 'cause you weren't part of the "ICU Club."
    I don't miss the poor pay for back breaking work.

    PS. I take time to help my CNAs, do you?

    I donot either
  5. by   nursesaideBen
    I've been a CNA for about a year and a half now and graduate ns this may. I recently switched to day shift and right now I'm just very frustrated with my job. I work as hard as I can and run the entire shift and yet it seems like there's ALWAYS something I'm not doing "fast" enough. I guess I just haven't learned how to be everywhere the nurses need me all at once.... just frustrated
  6. by   TigerGalLE
    That is how i felt all the time when i was a tech too.... always frustrated... then you become a nurse and you have all the responsiblity! which is even scarier... you can no longer go tell your nurse the patient's BP is 60/30... because now you are the nurse!!!
  7. by   nursesaideBen
    Quote from TigerGalLE
    That is how i felt all the time when i was a tech too.... always frustrated... then you become a nurse and you have all the responsiblity! which is even scarier... you can no longer go tell your nurse the patient's BP is 60/30... because now you are the nurse!!!
    Yeah I've realized this here the past couple of months, and it scares the *#$@ out of me! One day it just donged on me that hey one day when I get a blood sugar reading of 546 I won't be able to just "tell the nurse" cause I might be the nurse :trout: :trout: :trout:
  8. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    I guess it was the thread about the bed baths. I miss having the time to do complete bed baths on patients, lotion, nail care, all that.

    Every time I'm passing pills in the hospital and doing my assessments, I'm thinking how awful it is that for our Tele patients, they need a doctor's order to be able to bathe. (Or, ironically, they get 2 showers before an open-heart procedure.)

    To me, that's such a basic nursing task--to help the patients feel better by getting them cleaned up.

    We hardly have time to reposition patients nowadays, and I think it's sad that we have to be so hard-pressed that we can't do the basics anymore.
    I was not a tech prior to nursing. I was able to do a complete bed bath on my pt on Saturday. As a nurse, you can learn so much about your patient that way- mobility, skin, alertness. You also learn about a lot as a person. Meaning, having the time to chat during the bath about their past, likes, family, etc. I wish I had time to do that everyday.
  9. by   bethin
    Quote from TeleRNer
    I don't miss having a nurse come to me at the end of shift complaining that I didn't do my 8th bedbath, when at the time I was helping out a fellow CNA transfer a patient to bed who weighed a ton!
    I don't miss being looked down upon by fellow health care workers for cleaning people's behinds!
    I don't miss arrogant nurses who wouldn't greet you in the morning 'cause you weren't part of the "ICU Club."
    I don't miss the poor pay for back breaking work.

    PS. I take time to help my CNAs, do you?
    I hear ya. As a CNA I think those very things you said. But sometimes I choose to be optimistic and I come up with this:

    I think nurses have all those problems, just different context. They get griped at if a med isn't given on time, NM breathing down their throats to do things the right way but give them 8 pts. They get looked down upon by dr's who think they 'just' nurses. Arrogant dr's and clueless administration don't greet them in the morning. They may not lift as much, but alot more is on their back.
  10. by   jjjoy
    Quote from nursesaideBen
    Yeah I've realized this here the past couple of months, and it scares the *#$@ out of me! One day it just donged on me that hey one day when I get a blood sugar reading of 546 I won't be able to just "tell the nurse" cause I might be the nurse :trout: :trout: :trout:
    And I didn't feel that nursing school trained me in dealing with that either. We studied 1001 patient conditions, the pathophys, the medical treatment and the nursing care. But what TO DO on the floor when these situations arise? As a new grad... get an experienced nurse!!!

    And yes, I did miss that nurses didn't get to give some of the care measures that CNAs do. They're a great opportunity to assess the patient and to get a feel for their individual needs. Of course, many CNAs are also just as pressed for time, having to rush through their care, unable to take the time to actually make a human connection with the patients.
  11. by   matchstickxx
    Quote from AuntieRN
    I always tell my boss she can send me back to being a tech as long as she continues to pay me my nurse pay..she laughs at me...
    I work in OB. In my hospital, if an OB nurse is floated, they are utilized as a tech. I don't like to float outside of our OB units, but at least I don't have the responsibility of a nursing assignment in an unfamiliar area. I still do more than "tech stuff" to help out where I can, but only to the extent I would on my home unit. I will re-start an IV for the primary nurse, but I won't be responsible for the cardiac monitors or adjusting ortho epuipment I have never seen before.
    BTW, this is a two way street. Any non-OB nurse floated to OB works as a tech for us.
  12. by   GardenDove
    I'm tired of being a responsible adult period, so I can relate. I'm tired of having responsiblities. I just want to be free to be me and play in the dirt.
  13. by   UM Review RN
    GD, I know you're kidding, but dollars to donuts, someone's gonna come along and think you're implying that CNAs have no real responsibilities, and we all know that's not true, don't we.

    So let me clarify that.

    This has nothing to do with responsibility. It has to do with time. The things that give me pleasure as a nurse, the things that refresh my spirit as I go about my daily tasks for my patients, those moments are being stolen from me by staffing that cares little for the spiritual well-being of its patients and its staff.

    The drive is faster, faster, faster, and do more, more, more. Ironically, they then talk about quality of life.

    I've been a patient who's been in a hospital and family was unable to visit me and care for me. I've been wet, dirty, uncomfortable, in pain, hungry, and too sick to know who I was or how I got there.

    In other words, here's what the patient sees. Her only contact with the world is a brief 3 minutes of assessment and pill-popping during a very frightening hospital stay, where she is being treated for god-knows-what. There's a sign on the wall telling her that the bedding will only be changed three times a week. She's had surgery, and cannot even get up to the bathroom without assistance.

    She's so weak, and dopey she can't lift a finger, can't talk on the phone, can't eat because everything tastes weirdly metallic. In fact, she still has dried blood from her surgery on her, or the wound is draining great guns because the doc was a little too anxious to get her DC'd and pulled the JP too soon.

    I'm not talking added responsibilities here. I'm talking about basic care, basic patient-nurse interactions being stolen by pencil-pushers who have no idea what we do, nor the intrinsic healing that occurs when a nurse interacts with a patient.

    I miss getting to know my patient, I miss feeding that emotional strength to them with a smile and a sincere conversation, I miss the delight of rediscovering how truly unique we all are, how amazing we all are.

    That's what I miss.

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