What do Nurses think about CNA's

  1. 0 I am sure everyone has a CNA at their workplace that they work closely with. What are opinions as far as CNA's and their work? In your individual environment, I know it can be different for everyone. Just curious..
  2. Visit  powers2704 profile page

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  3. Visit  Hygiene Queen profile page
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    I have a lot of respect for the hard work they do.
    They do not get paid what they are worth.
    Their jobs and contributions are valuable, but often overlooked.

    They are not created equal.
    Some are amazing.
    Some need to get a job doing something else.

    While they are not nurses, they are part of the nursing team.

    Most of the aides I have worked with were smart and had a good work ethic... usually.
    However, I once worked with one who was so stupid, I thought I was being punked.

    Listen, I love CNA's, as long as they get in there and do what they need to do and do it well.
    But, I do have a special soft spot for them as I was one myself for a very long time.
  4. Visit  BuckyBadgerRN profile page
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    I think, as a rule, that CNA's are the hardest working people in the building. Of course, as with any profession, there are some absolute lazy lumps that are there only to collect a paycheck, but thankfully I've yet to see that personally. I appreciate everything that my CNA's do to make our shift run smoothly and tell them so often
    LadyFree28, anon456, and Esme12 like this.
  5. Visit  MandieeRN profile page
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    Quote from powers2704
    I am sure everyone has a CNA at their workplace that they work closely with. What are opinions as far as CNA's and their work? In your individual environment, I know it can be different for everyone. Just curious..
    They are awesome and should be paid more!!!
    LadyFree28, anon456, Hygiene Queen, and 1 other like this.
  6. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    I appreciate the thankless, difficult work that the CNAs at my workplace do. I know I am not cut from the same cloth as them because I couldn't possibly make a career out of it. The work is simply too physical and strenuous for me to handle for the long term.

    The CNAs who do their jobs well are true stars who are worth their weight in gold.
    not.done.yet, vintagePN, Esme12, and 1 other like this.
  7. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    I highly value a hard working CNA as the work environment would be unbearable without them.
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  8. Visit  jadelpn profile page
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    CNA's rock! The work that they do is back breaking. Couldn't do what I do without them. And I tell them that every chance I get.
  9. Visit  Veronica.c profile page
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    I love most of my CNAs. People are in an uproar over the increase of minimum wage but I would LOVE to see my aides get paid more! They damn well deserve it.

    If I have a particular aide that does a good job...pointing out a skin tear...staying on her feet the entire shift while the others sit down and gossip...help me with a problematic patient....in short, being good at their job, I always make it a point to tell my DON how good they are.

    I will never forget the elderly black woman who held the hand of a scared nursing student and walked me through my first bed bath. God bless her. I followed her around like a scared pup and am forever indebted to her. I treat all my aides with respect with her in mind.

    They are the back bone of a good facility.
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  10. Visit  anon456 profile page
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    I LOVE my CNA's! Most of them that I work with are very smart, put up with a lot of you-know-what, and are often blamed for things that are out of their control. When I was a newbie it was the CNA's who actually taught me a lot about how to turn and position patients, change an occupied bed, bathe someone who has a huge tangle of tubes and leads attached, and many other practical skills. They have on several occasions alerted me to a patient having a change in vital signs or appearance so I can go in and check it out. They have been my extra eyes and ears between assessments. Most of our CNA's are in nursing school or waiting to get in. I have seen several graduate and they have all been excellent nurses.
  11. Visit  Been there,done that profile page
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    I've noted that the relationship with CNA's is highly dependent on the culture of the facility.
    many CNA's do not realize that they are working under the licensure of the registered nurse.

    I respect and appreciate them.Until I cannot get a simple request filled due to attitude...

    this list could go on , for too long. But you get the drift.
  12. Visit  not.done.yet profile page
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    The CNA has the power to make or break my shift. I feel collegial and professionally satisfied with those who value themselves and their role in what we do. I would bend over backward for them and have. I feel intense frustration with those who hide, won't answer their phone, don't bathe the patients and who lie. Sadly there are both kinds on my floor.
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  13. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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    Quote from Hygiene Queen

    I have a lot of respect for the hard work they do. They do not get paid what they are worth. Their jobs and contributions are valuable, but often overlooked.

    They are not created equal. Some are amazing. Some need to get a job doing something else.

    While they are not nurses, they are part of the nursing team. Most of the aides I have worked with were smart and had a good work ethic... usually.

    However, I once worked with one who was so stupid, I thought I was being punked.

    Listen, I love CNA's, as long as they get in there and do what they need to do and do it well. But, I do have a special soft spot for them as I was one myself for a very long time.
    Well said. I was a CNA for 5 years before I became a licensed nurse. Gave be a great base and transition in interacting with patients.

    That being said, my expectation is the CNAs I work with is symbiotic, depending on the work place; as a supervisor in LTC, I find the CNAs do their work, know I will pitch in if I'm not busy, and I trust their eyes due to the extreme workload we all have. I respect them for their knowledge and the knew that I was a CNA before being a nurse; something about how I treat them, and how I transfer pts, whatever that means...
  14. Visit  Not_A_Hat_Person profile page
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    I'm the MD's eyes and ears, the CNAs are my eyes and ears. I appreciate CNAs who do their jobs without prompting, and who keep me informed about my patients.

    I have very little need for CNAs who refuse to do their job, or argue endlessly about their job, or leave messes for the nurse to clean up while they go on their 6th smoke break in an 8-hour shift, or spend the entire shift on Facebook, or hide out in empty rooms to sleep, watch TV, or argue with their Baby Daddy.

    The job title is Certified Nurse's Aide. They are there to assist the nurse, not vice versa. I have no problem helping out when needed, but I have my own job to do.
    enchantmentdis and not.done.yet like this.


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