So I'm set to graduate in May:mortarboard: & I am excited about that, but...
I absolutely adored being a CNA. Every single aspect of it. I :heartbeated feeding my patients their supper, changing their "briefs," bathing them, getting them in their wheelchairs, putting them to bed, I :heartbeated the fact that I got paid to basically work out for eight hours a day
umpiron:...When I was a CNA, I was in the best shape of my life! No dieting necessary...after a few months, I'll bet I'd lost about 20 pounds without even trying! I :heartbeated reading books to my patients, brushing their hair....aaaaahhh! Everything! I would have done it forever if the financial compensation even came close to the ware & tear being a CNA would have eventually taken on my body.
I think part of my fear is that I was like a fish in water as a CNA...I became very good at it in a very short amount of time. My co-workers loved me because I was always taking the overtime that nobody wanted, R.N.s loved me because I was good @ what I did & told them only what they needed to know about their patients, no more, no less. LPNs adored me because I always had my patients ready to receive their meds/txs when they had to give them & was the only CNA who didn't groan when they told me, "One of yours needs a suppository tonight." A lot of our residents had serious behavioral problems that would just frustrate the other CNAs, but would crack me up
, so I always took the pts nobody else wanted. What if I'm not good at being a nurse?
This scares me too: I've heard of a couple instances where CNAs went through nursing school, graduated, passed their state boards...then decided nursing wasn't for them, so they returned to CNA work. I can't imagine going through this much work & spending this much money for an RN degree and then not using it! Or realizing that I hate being an RN, but I can't afford to work as a CNA, so I continue to be an RN that hates her job & envies the work of the CNAs around me.
Anyone else go through this? Students: are there things you're looking forward to once you become a nurse that you couldn't do as a CNA? RNs: are there things you love about your job that you couldn't do as a CNA?