If I hate being a Cna, should I stop pursuing Nursing? - page 4

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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    Also CRNA's pay wicked amounts of insurance if their company's don't offer it. I am an OB Scrub tech (1 year program) and love what I do but wanting more involvement in then labor and delivery process I am going back to school for my BSN.
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    Through my experience I hated clinicals in my CNA class but I hated my first three days of my first aide job too only because I didnt know the people and what there preferences where but after a while it wasnt so bad and I grew to love it. and dont think about it as oh Im just whipping butts for 8-12 hours no its more than that you get to do other things for them like help pick out there clothes help them find somthing to do or watch on tv or be a shoulder for them to cry on, especially the new admits that have never been in a LTC facility or they came form a another facility. and having you to do those things with them keeps them happy healthy and feeling indipendant and when it comes to pericare or butt whippin' just think would you like to be left in your own waste? would you want your mom or dad or other relatives sitting like this? would I want to develope painful wounds on my bottom from sitting in my waste and the acid just eating away at my skin? Im sure youd say no to all those and if your that only persons care, you are preventing an illness by cleaning them and bathing them and what not. I myself know that I couldnt be an aide my whole life but go on to nursing school I kow alot of nurses that were aides for a week and ddnt like it or didnt even bother with becoming a CNA and they are good nurses now. at least start out PRN somewhere and after a while if you like then pick up more hours.
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    On my unit we provide primary care nursing. So, CNA work is RN work as there is no other healthcare provider besides the RN. I have actually learned to love providing intimate aspects of nursing care...which in my opinion includes CNA work. Besides, performing CNA work allows the RN to observe the patient from all angles and see the big picture. Any nurse that cannot/will not perform CNA work doesn't usually work out at my hospital...even if you end up being a CRNA in the future, you're going to have to put in some serious time on the floor/unit in the mean time.
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    First of all not all nursing is wiping poop and doing peri care, but nursing is still a dirty job (that's not an insult to nursing. I am a student nurse). Here's a little tip just to get you through your CNA clinicals. Don't think of it as wiping another butt when you're taking care of the elderly. Look at that person as if that's your mother or your grandmother. Pretend you're taking care of your own family member. And remember that is somebody's mother and somebody's grandmother. When I started looking at the residents as if they were my own family, I found it easier to do the dirty work. Another tip: rub some Vicks vapor rub under your nose before you do clinicals.
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    Quote from Paco-RN
    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.
    My reason for wanting to be a CRNA:

    I hate bedside. I like people well enough. I can care for people. But it drains me, both mentally and emotionally. I have to keep space between myself and others so that I don't get worn out. (This is also why I don't go out and party, don't have a large base of friends, etc. It's not just PTs. It's social interaction in general that drains me.)

    I want to get my MD and be a surgeon. But I'm 27. I don't want to spend the next 10 years in school, plus residency. I want to eventually have a family, maybe.

    I don't want to be just a nurse. I don't want to do things like wipe butts and hold puke buckets. Some folks like that sort of thing. I don't. I want something more technical, more challenging, more science-y and a little less touchy-feely. I LOVED anatomy and seeing the insides of bodies, seeing the guts and organs. It's amazing stuff. I want that all day instead of bedside.

    So, being a CRNA would let me be in the OR setting that I want, let me have a technical-type career without spending another decade in college. The money is a nice perk, but money isn't an issue for me. We have money. I need a career that I'll enjoy and be proud to have.
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    Quote from blurredyearning
    I want something more technical, more challenging, more science-y and a little less touchy-feely. I LOVED anatomy and seeing the insides of bodies, seeing the guts and organs. It's amazing stuff. I want that all day instead of bedside. So, being a CRNA would let me be in the OR setting that I want, let me have a technical-type career without spending another decade in college. The money is a nice perk, but money isn't an issue for me. We have money. I need a career that I'll enjoy and be proud to have.
    From what I've seen in the OR, the drape goes up near the patient's head and blocks anesthesia's view of the surgery. I don't think you'd be able to see much. Why not become a scrub tech or OR nurse (in scrub role). If seeing the insides of bodies is your passion that would give you a front row seat.
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    As a CNA, I disagree!

    CNA work is nothing like RN work. CNA's honestly do a lot of the grunt work and dirty work (changing adult briefs, using hoyer lifts on patients, feeding, etc.)
    I think maybe your teacher is feeling a little bitter you dislike being a CNA

    My CNA teacher said if we dont like being a CNA maybe it will motivate us to go higher! So we dont have to be a CNA forever.
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    Quote from blurredyearning
    My reason for wanting to be a CRNA:

    I hate bedside. I like people well enough. I can care for people. But it drains me, both mentally and emotionally. I have to keep space between myself and others so that I don't get worn out. (This is also why I don't go out and party, don't have a large base of friends, etc. It's not just PTs. It's social interaction in general that drains me.)

    I want to get my MD and be a surgeon. But I'm 27. I don't want to spend the next 10 years in school, plus residency. I want to eventually have a family, maybe.

    I don't want to be just a nurse. I don't want to do things like wipe butts and hold puke buckets. Some folks like that sort of thing. I don't. I want something more technical, more challenging, more science-y and a little less touchy-feely. I LOVED anatomy and seeing the insides of bodies, seeing the guts and organs. It's amazing stuff. I want that all day instead of bedside.

    So, being a CRNA would let me be in the OR setting that I want, let me have a technical-type career without spending another decade in college. The money is a nice perk, but money isn't an issue for me. We have money. I need a career that I'll enjoy and be proud to have.
    Have you considered being a Laboratory Tech? Lots of science, not so many patient interaction
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    Hi hun, it sounds like you are going through what I went through a few yeas ago. I was working in an assisted living facility and it totally depressed me. I wanted to like it because the convenience and it was just too darn easy for me, but I couldn't take the slow pace of it. Too many elderly -lonely and depressed, just rubbed me the wrong way. I needed something faster paced. Your CNA instructor is just plain wrong for telling you that. I hate a lot about CNA work and nursing work (I'm a 2nd year nursing student), but there is so much more to like and maybe even love too. We all have to jump through hoops for all the classes and courses that we take to pursue a career in nursing, and you'll have those instructors that are REAL NASTY. Keep going. Don't allow one arrogant instructor to foil your passion, because you sound like you have a good heart to continue. It's not ALL going to be peaches & cream, no job or career is, but it will be rewarding. Best of everything to you.
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    There are many disciplines/ specialties in nursing, my advice is to meet with nurses in various departments/ units, so as to learn what they do, why they chose to do that, and the good and bad. I was a CNA for many years, explored other opportunities, now I am a returning nursing student working on my BSN. I have had the experience to work as a PCT/CNA in float pool, it allowed me to see and learn many things that I otherwise might not have considered. Good luck in your endeavors, whatever they may be.
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