Quote from lipeach21
I heard that CNAs don't make much, maybe max 18 bucks and they do all the dirty work. All the info is listed on their website. I know that an externship is provided with the training.
I believe $18 is about right, I make less but I know CNA's who make $18 plus.
As far as doing all the dirty work, I don't think it so dirty. The fact is that I was making half the money before working as a CNA and doing more dirty work. I stopped school early for personal reasons, and do not look like a Barbie doll. Not many jobs out there for me paying above minimum wage.
Before working as a CNA, I worked as a Cashier in a supermarket. Having custermors complain to me that the store charges to much money, food falling, standing on my feet all day, nasty supervisors, is dirty. I also worked in a bunch of fast food restaurants , which was hard dirty work. Had to take a lot of abuse from custermors and managers, Being told I have to work extra hours, and if I cannot, you get punished by getting less hours the next week, or they give the **** tasks to do. All this and having to clean up at the end of the day is truly slave labor.
Now I feel good every day to go to work. I am treated as a professional, I feel that I am making a difference in peoples lifes. As a CNA you have the most contact with residents then any other worker. You know when they are not feeling well, and can report there condition, before they become worse. If you see a resident is feeling sad you can brighten up there day. My parents, family, friends, all look at me different when they see me leaving for work in a white uniform. I can see that they have more respect for me, and I have more respect for myself.
I can go on and on, but I think I am talking to much. The bottom line for me is that I am so happy to be a CNA. It is still new to me so I am learning all I can and see what my next move is going to be.