What is it like to be a CNA? - page 2

Hi, I have recently acquired an interest in working in the healthcare field. I've been in business my entire life, but do not find it rewarding, and I don't feel as though I accomplish anything.... Read More

  1. by   stillwant2banurse
    Quote from fulfillment
    Thank you so much to everyone that replied.

    I will admit my only fear has to do with my ability to stomach body excrement.

    Thanks again!!!
    Dont let all this talk, fool ya now, ever nurse has something they just cant take. I have been doing this now for about 4 to 5 years, and I have seen nurses longer and more experience than me, (that is both CNA, RN, and LPN) everyone has something that just makes them gag. For me, I can clean pop, but I have pt, on this stuff called go light- Now dont belive the name because they are doing anything but going lightly, the are going though

    But, when you are in the room with these pt's and you see them first hand, your heart just kicks in to help and the next thing you know you are taking things you never thought you could take, and you are just doing it. Give it a shot try more than once, you will see it is the best thing in the world when you know that you have overcome that wall and you are moving on.
  2. by   Nurse_Diane
    Quote from fuzzywuzzy
    Then there are your coworkers. Some of them will really irritate you, some will be great to work with, some slack off a lot. There's a lot of cliques and politics. Half the time it's worse than high school.
    This is true in any industry, NOT just healthcare. People are people, no matter where they work.
  3. by   stillwant2banurse
    This is true all jobs are like that, but I will say, that sometimes people get this preception of nurses that they are all helpful, and caring, and well that is not exactly the way it is. You will work with more females than ever, and you must develop a tough skin to be able to deal with some of them, just learn to take it with a grain of salt, I try to make sure I dont include myself in the gossip I do my 12 and I out.
  4. by   stella2blue
    I am in my last year of nursing school and have worked really hard toward becoming an RN. I began this adventure 7 years ago taking part time pre reqs and raising a family. I have 3 boys and a great supportive husband.

    Nursing school is hard work, time consuming and very stressful and especially difficult with a family.

    I just got my CNA certificate and first job at a LTC in NJ with a starting rate of 11.25 (gasp!) per hour. I will be working every weekend 7-3 (ugh!), but I have to admit that Im really looking forward to gaining experience and know how. I really believe that this experience will help me become a great nurse.
    I wanted to thank everyone who posted here for their comments which were pretty encouraging....

    I was thinking about after completeing 8 shifts of 'orientation' ....asking to go 'per diem' so that I can focus on nursing school and be able to spend some quality time with my family while hopefully continue to work at the facility.
    Im just not sure how to go about it.
    Im assuming the per diem hourly rate is higher.
    I just hope the environment is supportive and flexible, I guess Im about to find out!
    Any advise would be appreciated!
  5. by   Patient_Care_Asst
    What's a CNA?

    I first went to school for 8 months to become a "Nursing Orderly" back in the 80's and later I went to an accredited school for 6 months to become a PTCA in the 90's. ("Nurse Assistant") It's not the certified kind of "Nursing Assistant" like a "CNA" is today... But rather it was just a plain old "Nurse Assistant"... That's what I used to do .... I was an actual "nurse in training" if you will.

    Not sure what the differences are between a "Nurse Assistant" and a CNA are exactly but it seem as a "Nurse Assistant" I was able to assist doctors and nurses with may certain invasive procedures. For example, I put casts on and removed casts from patients. (Like a cast technician) I applied skin traction under the direction of a physician. I am also familiar with setting up all sorts of mechanical orthopedic traction equipment for patients. I can also setup circle beds etc for burn patients.. I can also provide ambulatory care in an ER setting. I am completely familiar with cervical traction, MAST pasts and other "ambulance" type of equipment application. I was also trained to recognize various cardiac arrhythmias on a heart monitor. PVC's, Tachycardia, Ventricular fibrillation etc.. I used to insert catheters and run urine samples on patients etc. There were times when I was able to inject patients with certain sedation type medications. (When I was an Orderly taking care of Psych patients.)

    I was also trained to assist doctors with suturing patients, (Sometimes they would let me actually suture the patients myself!) I was trained to remove eyes from expired patients for donation to the eye bank etc..

    Seems the education is much shorter these days... ???

    Again, what's the difference between a CNA and what I was trained to do?
    Last edit by Patient_Care_Asst on Jul 10, '09