What do nurses really think of CNAs? - page 7

I have been working as a CNA in a LTC facility for the past four years. I am posting on this forum, because I would like some feedback from nurses. Recently at work, a survey was handed out to... Read More

  1. by   mdscarentx
    I feel you on this - I was a CNA for 12 years before getting tired of feeling that I could do a better job than the nurses that I worked with - so i went to Nursing school... I have been a nurse now for 15 years ! And now i know it's not about the CNAs or the nurses it is the person. There are sorry nurse's, CMAs, and CNA's out here and it all comes down to if you really love working with the elderly and disabled ie then you will make a good LTC nurse, CNA, CMA - if not go flip burgers. And I know it has been said many times before but the nurse aides are the back bone of the Long Term Care facilities. CM
    Last edit by mdscarentx on Nov 29, '06 : Reason: quote
  2. by   Gogetter
    If a CNA does his/her job efficiently then there should not be a problem. The nurse is dependant on the observations of the CNA. and in my opinion should be greatful for a job well done!! Be the best that you can be and you will gain the rewards that you so greatly deserve:kiss
  3. by   JaredCNA
    Just lurking around this topic and I have something I want to say.

    I've been a CNA for about 3 years now, at the same facility, working ortho med/surg with special training in joint replacements.

    Anyways, I just wanted to tell everyone thanks for the kind words about CNAs. And as for the ones who don't do their job, disappear, or are sloppy in how they work--they make life rough for US as well as you guys. I hate having to clean up after people and constantly round on patients that don't belong to me because the other aide working with me is in the breakroom eating and reading a magazine all night.
  4. by   HisTreasure
    Hell, I'm not going to read 8 pages of responses because I already know the answer.

    What do nurses think really think about CNAs? We think they are SUPER COOL!

    The real question is, what do CNAs really think about nurses? :lghmky:


    (What a crazy topic...)
  5. by   BradleyRN
    • CNA's are great! Im not just saying that because i used to be one either. In LTC, the nurse is so overloaded with pts that the eyes of the CNA become the eyes of the nurse. Without them, the quality of the nurse would be reduced!:spin:
  6. by   SoundofMusic
    I haven't met one yet that I didn't like, but reading magazines out on the floor just REALLY grinds my gears. If you're going to do that, please . . .don't do it in front of ME.

    I like CNA's who see the importance of getting regular VS. I appreciate it when they clean up pts a lot, but getting the vitals ...I mean, as an RN, I get in BIG trouble if those aren't done -- and things can change with patients in a hearbeat -- so CNA's who are on this are GREAT in my book.

    I wish all CNA's would know how valuable they are, how great the experience is that they are getting -- that they can teach us new RN's so much -- and that someday they can also be RN's with the right education. I look less kindly on those who see it as just "some job" and who want to be smart mouthed or lazy -- I mean -- what a waste.

    And to those who seem to have a bit of jealousy of the RN's -- well, come on -- go to school yourself, put in the time and the sweat -- and become an RN. Grow up and learn to appreciate those who put in the time and did the hard work to go to nursing school. You can do it, too -- it's a free country.

    We just had one who left our unit who is in med school herself -- she was awesome and I am going to be crying on shifts w/o her there. I just really had respect for her as someone who was willing to learn the ropes from the ground up. Someday she will be a doc who "understands" what nurses do. Is'nt that cool?
  7. by   *ac*
    Everybody I interact with during my shift has an impact on how my shift goes, from the other nurse on the floor, to the charge nurse, to the doctors on call, to the pharmacy techs, the respiratory techs, ect., but NOBODY has more of a make-or-break capacity than the CNA. When I get a good one (and that's most) it helps me so, so much and totally appreciate it! When I get a not so good one, it increases my work load so, so much and have to try to grin and bear it.

    Sometimes I resent the fact that no matter how busy we are, most CNA's will take their breaks and most RN's won't. But who do we really have to blame for that?

    No matter which type I get, as soon as my work is caught up, I try to help them with theirs. This seems to help our relationships tremendously and I highly recommend it.
  8. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from JaredCNA
    Just lurking around this topic and I have something I want to say.

    I've been a CNA for about 3 years now, at the same facility, working ortho med/surg with special training in joint replacements.

    Anyways, I just wanted to tell everyone thanks for the kind words about CNAs. And as for the ones who don't do their job, disappear, or are sloppy in how they work--they make life rough for US as well as you guys. I hate having to clean up after people and constantly round on patients that don't belong to me because the other aide working with me is in the breakroom eating and reading a magazine all night.
    And, thank you for being who you are and a valuable member of the health care team!
  9. by   nerdtonurse?
    I don't want to generalize; just like nurses or doctors, we've got good ones that make you smile when you see their on your shift, and ones that make you say, "oh, crap" when you realize they're on your shift. I will say that I make an effort to tell the good ones how much I appreciate them. The bad ones, the ones you have to double check the finger sticks (because they "forget") , the ones where the vitals are the exact same four hours apart, chart that they've given baths to pts when the same stain from their dinner is on their gown before and after the "bath" are bad for the nurses and the other CNAs who have to do their job and the bad one's job too. And yes, I do encourage the good ones who are interested to go on to nursing school. I think if we grew more nurses from within the environment, we'd have fewer leave the profession; they'd know what they were getting into in a way school doesn't show..
  10. by   MrsMommaRN
    i have worked with some great cnas both as a nurse and a cna. i have a few cnas that i'd rather not even show up for work. they complain about everything and badmouth the nurses to anyone that will listen.
    then we have a few cnas that would bend over backwards and run circles around me just to help out. (they sometimes make me feel guilty about having them around)
    a good cna is worth double their weight in gold.
  11. by   BlueEyedRN
    I'm embarrassed to admit this, but when I first started, it annoyed me that the CNAs thought they had something to teach me. I was a nurse, hello. That attitude was completely stoooopid and it didn't take me long at all to realize that if I was going to survive anything, I'd better start listening. Some have been so amazing and gone a long extra mile for me and I appreciated it so much. I think CNAs should get paid a lot more than what they do for the amazing job they do. The only CNA I ever really had a real problem with was a young nursing student who had big career plans and spent a lot more time reading charts and practicing assessments than doing his job. However, even he was quick to help when I needed him. There was one CNA in particular that I really appreciated. I remember one time looking for her so I could ask her to help me bathe a patient real quick before a transfer to another facility. I finally gave up and decided to do it myself, but it turned out she was in the pt's room already halfway done with the bath. She also helped my out a lot by translating for my Spanish-speaking patients when this totally wasn't part of her job description, but I was desperate. She was never late on anything, always did more than I asked, and always anticipated what I needed. She was wonderful. I think I snuck her about 20 appreciation gift-cards, but no one deserved it more than her. I totally :heartbeat CNAs.
  12. by   husker_rn
    Do I appreciate my CNAs ? YOu bet !!! If you don't appreciate them, send them home and see what happens. I have the best eyes and ears in the place and they ain't attached to me. Sometimes I tell them what I want and explain then. Sometimes I'll explain later, and in a crunch I don't explain at all. They know the difference. And they give me 100% most of the time. They are the best and I tell them so regularly.
  13. by   NsgChica
    Do I appreciate CNA's...Sure I do. The ones that do their work. I was a CNA in a long term care facility and understand how difficult it is working short-staffed taking care of 15-18 patients. The load is unbearable. However, she have some nursing assistants that don't do anything and when you ask them to get vital signs or check a chemstick...some get an attitude. Then there are days when you get the one who is on top of their game. We have this one CNA, she is great. She really does a good job and takes her job seriously. She's awesome and when I work with her my day runs smoothly. Then we have one that has something to say or do everytime you ask her to perform a duty in her job description. I gave up on her....when she's there, I do things by myself. I may take twice as long but least I know it's getting done and being done correctly.

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