Healing Soul 1,090 Views
Joined Aug 19, '11.
Posts: 20 (40% Liked)
I'm glad you are working. It appears that you really want to be a nurse so go for it.
I think you just might be a future writer. I know you keep apologizing for your writing skills but if you took time to improve you would be a great writer !!
I was a terrible high school student too!
I'm sorry that you were terminated. I'm in a different place and I want to share my story. I left nursing for good after approximatley eighteen years of working as a CNA. Today, I work as a caseworker and recently found myself trying to explain in interviews how you can easily get wrongfully accused of stuff and fired for no reason in nursing. This is after earning a masters degree and having successful experience working as a case worker, I'm still trying to explain when asked about my past. Thank God they saw past this and hired based on my ability to be a great caseworker. I always have to be haunted by my nursing past as I've tried to move past it. You seem to be at a crossroads and you strike me as a kind and caring person. My advise is if you love nursing and can find a good supportive workplace stick it out. On the other hand, if you find that you keep getting terminated before probation period ends it may just be the wrong line of work. I was never happy as a CNA but I love being a caseworker mabe you would like it too! There are all kinds of ways to help people and nursing is just one way. The true nightmare is being unhappy and being treated unfairly and then years later trying to explain and hoping that they will understand and see the truth. But, if you stay please wear your gloves for both you and your residents.
I worked as a CNA for over eighteen years and like you wanted to study Political Science. I ended up completing my master's degree in Public Administration and was hired by a county to work with the unemployed. I am so happy that I stuck it out and pursued my passion. I strongly encourage you to do the same. In my case, I stayed in nursing too long and it impacted the care I was able to give and it left me with a bad taste in my mouth about the whole experience.
I finally left nursing after working for several years as a CNA. I came to a point where I could no longer subject myself to a toxic
and soul crushing work environment. I quit taking care of myself and was sinking into a deep depression. In my case, I took a job as a grill cook at McDonalds while I looked for work. Two years later, I was hired by a county to work as an Education and Training Case Manager and I love my job. I had to jump off a cliff and take a chance into the unknown to find happiness and peace.
I would stop making fun of the way the Nursing Assistant speaks it comes off very divisive and pompous at best. I worked as a CNA for over 18 years and it is a tough job. In your post you do make some valid points but I see no abuse. However, I would remind the CNA that it is the resident's right to wear her vest, and if she cares, she will be grateful for your help and want her resident's to have good care.
I am a former Nursing Assistant I prefer to be called by my first name and will address my coworkers by their first names. We are all more than a title we are people and individuals first. That said, there are also White House Aides and Legal Aides but I am guessing that they have first names too.
I was wondering how you handle a CNA that is to slow and overwhelmed by the work? Are there situations when a cna is just not a good fit and how is it handled. I am talking about the aide who really tries but just can't cut it in their position. How do you view the aide? How are they treated by their coworkers? I am a former CNA and a career advisor.
I worked as cna for many years and was the first to correct patients who assumed I was a nurse. However, I was also the type of CNA who only wanted to do non nursing tasks. For example, dress, feed, change incontinent patients and would try to steer clear of vitals and finger sticks because I wanted nothing to do with it. I have seen some CNA's handle situations better than nurses and I have wittnessed CNA's being called nurses but I saw very few overstep or practice outside of their scope. Once in a while, nursing students would shadow a nurse to learn stuff. A CNA is engaged in nursing however;is not a licensed nurse, but I viewed it as just a job, and frankly it is much more than that and your heart needs to be in it and you need to be somewhat interested in nursing. Be greatful when you have a CNA who has passion for nursing and looks up to you and your chosen profession.
I am a WIA (Workforce Investment Act) case manager for a county. I help people who have been fired or layed off. I was fired myself in nursing a time or two, so I understand how that feels. However, several of my clients are interested in starting their own nursing careers which I support, and most of them will make wonderful nurses. I only wish for them to be happy and supportive of others.
I am a former nursing assistant and all I wish for you is that you find happiness your job should not make you unhappy. I also think venting and sharing is theraputic and interesting to read.
One other thing, we only have first names on our name tags with no titles at all. However, I do realize in nursing the patient needs to know who is who. I am only saying that I personally quit feeling the need to seperate myself or stand out when I left nursing.
I worked as a nursing assistant but had earned both a bachelors and master's degree during that time. I remember feeling the need to share my accomplishments or at least tell people that I was engaged in academic pursuits usually to my detriment. Since I have left nursing, I work as a complete equal with my coworkers who all have different backgrounds. Also, my job is very empowering with alot of discretion in decision making. However,there is little to no distinction between tittles or even departments. I still say to each their own, but I no longer feel the need to share or use alphabet soup and just love going to work everyday being part of something I truly believe in.
My certified nursing assistant certificate has expired due to not working in the field. I worked as a certified nursing assistant through my twenties and most of my thirties starting my first job at a LTC right out of High School. If I could go back, I would have never chosen this path and I regret most of it, and the coworker trust issues it has created. However, after working a full successful year in a new career I am hopeful that I can be happy. I am so grateful for my employer who hired a new college graduate with no experience in anything other than nursing. Life is to short to be unhappy, and if you are as miserable as I was I hope you can find the strength to love yourself enough to leave. That said, most of you will love your career in nursing and it will be a life long labor of love. I am speaking to those who are unhappy and feel trapped and I want them to know that there is something for you outside of nursing and life does get better
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