If I hate being a Cna, should I stop pursuing Nursing? - page 3

by Pattycakes85

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Hi everyone, I have a huge problem. I just started clinical in my CNA class at a nursing home and to be completely honest, I really hated it. I wanted to like it and enjoy it but I couldn't. I was upset because of that. The... Read More


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    How about being a surgical tech in the OR? They are right at the surgical area and don't deal directly with patients. I think it is a not too long course. I too, after a while did not like being a CNA and did not like Med-Surg, but loved OB
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    CNAs in hospitals do a wide variety of work. You could be a CNA in day surgery or the main OR. Hospitals are different than nursing homes unless you work on a unit that takes hospice-type patients. I did my clinicals at a nursing home also and I was pretty horrified. The unit you work in and even day vs night can be different. There are certain units I'm just not cut out for like oncology or pediatrics, though in a hospital you may occasionally float to such a unit for a day. Everyone has their niche.

    Plus jobs can be stepping stones and just temporary.
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    ask yourself: why do you want to be a nurse anaesthetist?
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    Quote from StudentNurseKitteh
    ask yourself: why do you want to be a nurse anaesthetist?
    Everyone that I have heard that wants to be one basically does it for the bug buck$$. Have yet to hear someone express a much more salient reason.
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    I honestly felt like you did. I absolutely did not like my CNA clinicals, but mostly because the other girls in my class were ******. They made it terrible. Once I actually began working as a CNA, I actually like it quite a bit most days. I would advise that you continue your program, and give it a try.
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    Whatever you decide to do, please realize that RN work does not exclude you from doing "CNA work". If you work in an ICU, (which you will probably have to in order to get into CRNA school, and some hospitals require med surg experience prior to working in the ICU) then please don't be that nurse that pushes all of the "yucky" stuff off on the other staff. I'm a CNA and I love what I do, but I can't stand people who refuse to work as a team because they don't want to/refuse to get their hands dirty. Isn't that a part of healthcare? Anyways, as I go through school, as you are as well, I try to keep these things in mind. Good luck on whatever you decide to do.
    fromtheseaRN likes this.
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    I also wasn't too excited with my CNA course and clinicals, which made me question nursing a little. However, I'm sure RN work is different and honestly I like my job as a caregiver, not at all what I thought CNA work was going to be like
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    I never wanted to be a CNA either. I had one rotation for 3 weeks in the summer in nursing school. I made the best of it. My issue with CNA work is that I am not strong enough to keep moving very large patients around by myself (too many babies + too much muscle separation abdominally=one weak back.) I'm an RN now. I just kept at it, even when I ran into tasks I didn't like along the way. I figured nursing is such a broad profession that I will find an area of it that suits me eventually. Right now, I'm in LTC. I feel like it's good for me because I get practice with basics that didn't get in school (or on the job because I didn't work during school). I would like to move into more acute nursing in the future. But, I don't mind skipping the hospital for now. Do what is right for you. Don't let anyone tell you what you can or should do.
    onmyrnpath likes this.
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    Try to get a job as an anesthesia tech in the OR. I think you have to at least be a CNA. Then you can watch the CRNAs and see if you'd like to pursue that career.
    Last edit by bg6RN on Oct 4, '12 : Reason: Error
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    Another choice would be to become a PA. They are involved in the surgery as much as the surgeon and with the scrub tech they form the sterile team while the RN in the room circulates and charts. For PA school you need a BS and then 2 years in their program. Once a PA the variety is endless! Good luck!


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