I have just finished my clinicals as a CNA, I am a PLT as well. I decided to stop for now and work as a Medical Assistant, a sort of "short cut" at my age of 40. I hold a 4.0 GPA and have 45 college credits, I can do wound care and test blood glucose, I can also bathe, feed and the hands on care that many RNs, and LVNs feel they are too good to do anymore. I can do stress tests, breathing test, strep, cultures and then take them to the lab and test them. I wipe away the tears of the elderly that cry for you and that many ignore. So if you are not one of these hellish nurses who have forgetten to check themselves at the door, please be nice. The aides are the ones who the family respects and often loves. I never plan to work as a CNA because I would have to put many haughty "nurses"in their place and would end up fired more often than not.
I dont claim to be superior, because I dont view any of you as superior. It matters not in this profession how well you are loved, but how well you love and tolerate others. Many of you dont deserve the wages you reap. I am sorry, but a slip a paper doesnt warrant the exhorbinate wages you get. The ones who deserve that wage are the nurses in hosiptals. The ones in nursing homes simply do not. Sorry, you just dont. You took the easy way out.
So just because some bully nurse treated you like dirt when you were a student, or you resent their youth and enthusiasm or vitality, or you resent having to teach them for 23 bucks an hour, I say...cheer up! Your never out of a job, you have made a choice to work long shifts, so dont call it sacrifice. Its work. Good old fashioned work. I waited until my kids were in Jr, and Sr. high. Its possible. Especially if your husband makes plenty of money to live off of.
Please be nice, because these young women you are pushing around really dont deserve it. You are not out there wiping butts, and puke and being groped hourly by old men.
OP, no matter where you work and with whom you work, you will no doubt see the good, the bad and the ugly.
Across the board. In all disciplines.
Make up your mind to create your own personal work ethic. Abide by that.
Avoid those who have no work ethic. Pay no attention to those who do not work.
You will be satisfied in your work. Matters not what others do or don't do. You are not in a position to know or judge what they do or don't do.
You are only accountable for yourself.
Last edit by roser13 on Feb 25, '13