"Just" a CNA?! - page 3

I confess being a total rookie - I graduated with my BSN in December 2013. Already I am kinda annoyed, miffed, and confused over this rampant obsession over what role people are in the healthcare... Read More

  1. by   mjs1981
    I know this is an older post, but I'm just wondering if some of you can chime in. I'm new to allnurses.com, and don't know how to start a thread. I apologize. Anyway, this thread caught my attention. I'm a 35 year-old male, and have been a CNA for the past 5 years. My wife is a chief nursing officer for a rehabilitation hospital, and I'm feeling totally ashamed of my current position. We had to relocate across the country about a year ago, and just recently found a new job. I am a senior caregiver for a very, very wealthy man who was quite famous back in the day. I get paid very, very well (nurse pay) and it's a Monday - Friday job. However, I am so embarrassed and ashamed of myself for not having a "real" career. I've put it on hold so many times, due to our children, or making sacrifices so that my wife can move up. I feel like I've wasted so much time, and I'm very depressed that I'm just a senior caregiver. Although he's a stroke patient (I've been on neuro for 5 years), I have so much medical knowledge and skills that I'm just not using. Is being a caregiver something to be ashamed of? I feel awful about it.
  2. by   oceangirl1234
    Quote from mjs1981
    I know this is an older post, but I'm just wondering if some of you can chime in. I'm new to allnurses.com, and don't know how to start a thread. I apologize. Anyway, this thread caught my attention. I'm a 35 year-old male, and have been a CNA for the past 5 years. My wife is a chief nursing officer for a rehabilitation hospital, and I'm feeling totally ashamed of my current position. We had to relocate across the country about a year ago, and just recently found a new job. I am a senior caregiver for a very, very wealthy man who was quite famous back in the day. I get paid very, very well (nurse pay) and it's a Monday - Friday job. However, I am so embarrassed and ashamed of myself for not having a "real" career. I've put it on hold so many times, due to our children, or making sacrifices so that my wife can move up. I feel like I've wasted so much time, and I'm very depressed that I'm just a senior caregiver. Although he's a stroke patient (I've been on neuro for 5 years), I have so much medical knowledge and skills that I'm just not using. Is being a caregiver something to be ashamed of? I feel awful about it.
    You should absolutely NOT be ashamed of this! From what you have said, you sound like a wonderful health care provider and husband.

    That being said, if you aren't fulfilled, maybe have a conversation with your wife? Could pursing more education be something you could do part-time while you work? Food for thought.

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