interceptinglight 5,761 Views
Joined Nov 11, '10.
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Gosh. I started out at $7.62/hour before I was certified, after I was certified 4 months later my pay went up to $9.62 (Idaho wages). The LTC facility I worked at gave a big huge 15 cents an hour raise every year -- at that rate I'd have to work 3 more years before I'd even break $10.00/hour, which comes to about $19200 yearly. Because I have 4 kids and I was the only wage-earner in the household I was not able to live on what I made, and I only survived on that because I had social security income from my children's father in addition to the hourly. Whether or not you can live on a CNA salary depends largely on your living expenses and where you work. There is a thread on this forum devoted entirely to CNA pay, that would give you a good cross-section of pay scales around the country from people who are making those wages not just from a website. However, if you look it up, CNA pay usually ranges from $8/hour up to $13-14/hour.
You guys are getting off track again. We're talking about partying in scrubs now -- focus, people, focus!!! Now I say you just can't be sexy in scrubs --- unless you're a guy. Oh yeahhhh.... a scrub-wearing young man with a nice smile and a stethoscope can always make me say....yes, you can take my vitals any time.....
You'll hear a whole lot of complaining about CNA work on this forum....but it won't be because people don't like their jobs. Most of the people attracted to this kind of work are those well suited to it: compassionate, caring, hard-working, good-humored. Of course, in any facility you'll also find the lazy ones, the complainers, the back-stabbers, and the control freaks, these are the ones who make CNA work more difficult....however, you'll also find people who'll tell you that they've never had a more personally rewarding job than being a CNA.
For me, dealing with incontinence and toileting has never bothered me. Probably because I'm a mom of 4. I just wish people would get over it, all the fuss about wiping rear-ends and stuff. It's just no big deal, y'know? There's nothing 'undignified' about it, it's just part of life. The most wonderful thing you can do for anyone you're taking care of is to let them feel from you that you care for them, that you don't mind giving them whatever help they need. They're just trying to survive, like all of us are.
Truth is the world would totally crumble without CNA's. Everything would just go to hell, just fall completely apart without all the wonderful talents, skills, and abilities that all CNA's possess. Hospitals would go bankrupt, LTC's would disintegrate, home health care would cease to exist!!!! All the nurses and all the doctors and all the king's horses and all the king's men could never fill all the gaps left by the lack of CNA's if we weren't there to save the world!!!! It's true!!!! CNA's -- we make the rockin' world go round!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :kiss :bowingpur
That's my rant.
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