doing the work of a CNA at a lesser pay - page 3

by grace_lorraine87

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I'm a first year nursing student. I just got a job as a one on one caregiver for seniors. Some of the cases require CNA quality care, which, I've mostly been trained for, but I am in no way certified. Some cases also require... Read More


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    Certification and licensure are not the same thing.
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    Certification and licensure are not the same thing.
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    Bobmo88.

    Does phlebotomist class teach you iv access or just drawing blood? I am considering applying to an ED Tech position but I'm an OB Scrub Tech, not an EMT perse. I will be starting nursing school in the fall and I know I will learn about this things but probably not until the second semester. What do you think?
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    Quote from adoRNo2015
    Bobmo88.

    Does phlebotomist class teach you iv access or just drawing blood? I am considering applying to an ED Tech position but I'm an OB Scrub Tech, not an EMT perse. I will be starting nursing school in the fall and I know I will learn about this things but probably not until the second semester. What do you think?
    Hello! It teaches you how to draw blood, do finger sticks and what the order of draw is for tubes. The technique for starting IVs is different but I think having phlebotomy experience will help you when learning to start IVs.
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    Quote from Floridayz
    Where I live, completion of a nursing fundamentals course = CNA certification. This may be different for you, I don't know, and I certainly wasn't trying to be mean. However I do believe that the knowledge you have being a nursing student is waaaaaaaaaaaay more than someone who took a weekend CNA course and therefore you are more than qualified for that type of assignment. It doesn't sound clinically *heavy* to take care of one incontinent patient. You state yourself that you CAN do this job, so it's up to you to determine what it's worth. Wages in this area, you would probably make in the $8-9/hour range for this type of work.
    It's way more than a weekend (160 hours to be exact) and a couple of semesters in nursing school doesn't give you the hands on experience required. It isn't hard, but you can't learn it from a book.

    "No day but today"
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    Quote from crichards00
    Actually CNA's DO hold a license that you CAN lose! It's called CERTIFIED for a reason.
    It is not a license. It is a certification.

    It is required in every situation to be licensed as a nurse to practice as a nurse. It is not required in every situation by law to be a CNA to work in a nursing assistant role. Nursing homes are required to hire CNAs for Medicare reimbursement purposes, but again, not everyone with the title NA/PCA/PCT is a CNA.
    Last edit by Miiki SN on Jan 29, '13
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    CNA's do have a license. They must register with the state and for that they need that license which renews every 2 years.
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    Quote from adoRNo2015
    CNA's do have a license. They must register with the state and for that they need that license which renews every 2 years.
    No, as others have said, it's a certification, not a license. Your certification says you completed a training course. When I graduated from nursing school, I also got a certificate stating I completed training. But I wasn't a LPN yet. Once I passed the boards, I became a LICENSED practical nurse. It is this licensure that allows me to practice practical nursing. And I am held legally accountable for my practice. I can be held legally accountable for my actions as a nurse. I can be sued. As a CNA you are not accountable in such a manner. There's a reason you work under the license of a LPN or a RN. CNAs do NOT have a "CNA license". This is a fact.
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    OMG! We do have a license under our certifation as as CNA. Unless it is different in Florida where we do have a certification as a CNA and that has a license number. Certifications you don't renew every year, licenses you do. CNA License would renew every 2 years.
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    Quote from adoRNo2015
    OMG! We do have a license under our certifation as as CNA. Unless it is different in Florida where we do have a certification as a CNA and that has a license number. Certifications you don't renew every year, licenses you do. CNA License would renew every 2 years.
    My state ID has a license number, but I am not a licensed driver. I do believe there is 1 state that has LNAs (licensed nurse aid). I don't believe it's Fl though.
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