it seems to me that CNA's, esp. in long term care, get treated as if they don't know how to do anything, are overworked, unappreciated, and underpaid. This one nurse about drives me up the wall. You come to her with a patient related concern and she'll look at me like I'm busy you take care of it. No I cannot hang another feeding, do a dressing change, or insert a catheter though I've been taught how. ( previous nurses training). She walks like a waddling duck. A lady accidently slipped and I was taking her to the toilet. It was an accident and I wish I fell, I felt that bad. My partner was busy at the moment and this nurse was RIGHT there! I asked her if she would mind helping me stand this lady up, she goes oh I thought so, so was going to help you!!! This is the type of nurse that would actually make a mess in the process of giving a pt their meds and say gosh that's the aides job to clean it up. I never ever expect the nurse to do my job for me but if they are in the same room and can't even help their own patients, there is something wrong with that. She doesn't like lifting either, I wonder how she passed her physical for nursing school. No other aide in sight, asked her one day to help transfer someone( would have either injured myself badly or dropped him) nurse sitting on her butt and " oh I guess so" with a sigh! The nurses are suppose to help!!! maybe as a cna I am biased and only see one side of it. Other nurses assist at times but she thinks she is too good to do anything else, but now I'm in nursing school and once I get out I hope I don't ever treat my help this way. Maybe I'm expecting to be treated with respect because I work very hard to care for my patients in skilled care, but we are always short staffed, and the fact that I have a college degree in nursing/ general studies, while I'm not a nurse in the eyes of the law I am a caregiver that continually nurtures each and every one of my patients, in a way when a patient hollers for the nurse they don't decipher between me and the LPN or RN. we are all nurses to them providing patient care.
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The CNA's at the hospital where I'm doing my clinicals start out at $7.50 an hour until they've been there for at least a year. I've never heard of a hospital starting CNA's out at more than $7.50/hr. They also have 15 pt's each on my floor (telemetry) which seems like way too many...but I have no idea what's a normal amount. I really can't understand why they get paid so little.
The Nurse Techs (aka Aides) at the hospital where I work start at $12.00/hr and increase to $12.50/hr after 6 mos. Our typical ratios for the medical telemetry floor tend to be 5-8 pts/nurse and 6-8 pts/tech on day/evening shift, 10/nurse/tech on nights... unless we have major callouts, which happens often enough
Even with the decent pay for new hires there are days when it's never enough...
As for treatment of techs... It all depends on who's on shift at the time. Some people treat the techs like valuable, hardworking parts of the healthcare team, others dismiss them as necessary annoyances. It can be very frustrating, and I do realize that not all techs (just as with any job) do the work they are expected to do, but it just makes it harder for the great ones to get the respect they deserve.
Last edit by anniesong on Apr 4, '05