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 resident I was helping was so sweet, and I felt so bad that I didn't enjoy taking care of her.
Now I am questioning if I should continue to pursue my nursing degree. My end goal is to be a nurse anesthetist. I want to be a part of operations and surgery. I do like taking care of people, but i guess not in the care taker type of way. (does this make sense?)But my Cna teacher told me if I cant even do this, I definitely won't be able to be a RN. Is this true?? Please be honest, because if that is true I really need to reconsider my future path.
I really look forward to some answers. Thanks everyone.
Oct 3, '12
I think it depends on what you don't like about being a CNA. Could be it has nothing to do with being a nurse. Heck, I am a nurse and there are some nursing jobs I would not want (although I love the one I have). Don't let the instructor over-influence your decision.
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Oct 3, '12
If you absolutely hate it (the very thought of doing any CNA-related work causes anxiety, the thought of doing it day-after-day causes you to sink into a depression), don't be a CNA. If you're going into it because "being a CNA is the only way you might even possibly get hired as an RN", there are still other medically-related jobs/certifications that can look good on a resume. If you just hated working geriatric LTC (it made you uncomfortable for whatever reason), have hope! There are other areas that require CNAs, even though you primarily hear of new CNAs only being able to get into geriatric LTC.
Don't let what your LPN instructor get you down. Did you volunteer the information that you want to be an RN before this happened, or was she saying it as a generality? Frankly, through my CNA program, I learned to keep my mouth shut from then on about my long-term career goals. Some people you are training or working with wanted to be RNs, themselves, and never got/took the opportunity; some assume, just by the fact that you want to be an RN and not [enter other medical career], that you feel superior to them; and, generally speaking, the job market is so bad right now that lots of people just feel insecure and threatened by any fresh meat. Note that I used "some"; let me rephrase the above: the only time I ever had a problem that didn't benefit from receiving my superiors' constructive criticism, it was because of my personal career plans conflicted with someone else's thoughts on the matter. The majority of the time, you are going to find v-e-r-y helpful staff and coworkers, please don't get me wrong, but I prefer the non-confrontational approach of just keeping quiet until I'm very sure of the people I'm around.
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