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  • Dec 7 '15

    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.

  • Oct 19 '15

    Quote from BabyRN2Be
    I just wanted to make a comment. There was (is?) a website called salary.com, and from experience I'd say that most of the time that the salaries for the median are on the high side. I've learned not to trust salary.com so if people still use that, I'd check out other salary calculators to compare what salaries are going for in your area. Just FYI.
    This is the site I was talking about:

    http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Certified_Nurse_Assistant_(CNA)/Hourly_Rate

    It appears the site is just called PayScale and it's the first thing that came up on a Google search. From what I gather on this forum, it's a fair representation of the pay range one can expect as a CNA, but from my own experience there are more CNA's at the low end of the pay scale than the high end. Because the education required to a CNA is minimal, the pay is not as good as a more educated position. Nevertheless, I've seen people leave high-paying but unrewarding jobs to become a CNA because of the emotional satisfaction they get from helping people in a very direct and personal way....but mostly those people have a working spouse to help with living expenses so that they can afford to take such a deep cut in household income.

  • Sep 11 '15

    Whenever you get a preceptor or someone who is orienting you and they treat you like that, mostly it is because they don't like their own job and want to try and make sure you don't like it either. Sometimes it's because they just dislike having to train people because it slows them down so they get really annoyed and try to leave you in the dust. That happened to me more than once when I was a new hire at a LTC facility. Personally, I don't understand that attitude at all....if it was up to me to train someone I would really enjoy making them feel welcome and being reassuring about all the things I freaked out about when I first started. I just don't get some people.



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