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Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Case Management RN.

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Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are members of staff who work under the direct supervision of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and / or physicians to provide the majority of the routine care and activities of daily living for patients who require basic care. You are reading page 3 of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA). If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

didi768 has 25 years experience and works as a Homemaker/babysitter.

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Hi Tinkk, can I ask where you live in Mn? I'm from Minneapolis but living in Tampa now

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I am a CNA and I just got a job in a hospital. I don't start for another couple weeks, but I am very excited. I plan to work in this hospital while I work my way up to LPN then to RN. It's like being a child and watching yourself grow up. It's so cool.

I'm sure by now you have started your job. Can I ask you do you like it?

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I work in a hospital and I like it very much. Although, I think I am being rather restricted in my experience, as I just work on the medical floor. At my six-month mark, I get the opportunity to transfer to different departments. I think I'll transfer to the Float Pool - I'd get paid more and I'd be working in different areas of the hospital every week.

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I work in a hospital and I like it very much. Although, I think I am being rather restricted in my experience, as I just work on the medical floor. At my six-month mark, I get the opportunity to transfer to different departments. I think I'll transfer to the Float Pool - I'd get paid more and I'd be working in different areas of the hospital every week.

I had to ask. I just finished and passed my state test and unsure of what to expect next.

I'm glad you like it and wish you the best!

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I do nights in my country and the night pay when converted to US dollars is roughly $18/hour and $21 for weekends, rest homes are pretty low wage here though. I imagine my cost of living is significantly less too.

As an additional note our level of responsibility seems significantly less that what I hear of American CNA's.

I don't know how all of you make ends meet/keep your sanity!

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mindofmidwifery has 4 years experience as a CNA and works as a Student Nurse Associate.

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At my local hospital (I live in MN), CNAs have a starting pay typically at $12.50 an hour (differs depending on the unit or setting). I'm sure its less at a nursing home, especially rural ones. Its a shame, they should be getting paid a few more dollars.

I'm in a rural town in MN now and their starting pay at a nursing home is $12 something, starting pay at their assisted living facility is $13. And it's about a $2 shift differential for nights/weekends.

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didi768 has 25 years experience and works as a Homemaker/babysitter.

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Hi mindofmidwifery---I'm from MN. Can I ask where you live and work. You can PM me if you'd rather. I'm an LPN and I see a lot of Indian Reservation LPN jobs.

Thanks

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What makes more money home health aides or CNAs? I'm trying to see if I should get my CHHA certificate since I'm having trouble finding a CNA job that's atleast $16/hr. I have no acute care exp but six years adult/child psych experience.

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didi768 has 25 years experience and works as a Homemaker/babysitter.

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What is a CHHa? Certified? Do Patient Care Techs make the same as a CNA or are they the same thing?

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CHHA -Certified Home Health Aide. In a hospital setting, CNAs are called Patient care Techs and many other names like mobility aide to some hospitals. I believe PCT make more than CNAs because they mostly work in a hospital setting where a CNA work in nursing home, psych unit, correctional, etc. But I've heard that CNAs make more in correctional facility -depends.

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didi768 has 25 years experience and works as a Homemaker/babysitter.

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I'd rather be an aide somewhere, like jail, then a nurse there. Tried it. Whoa. I don't want to be as responsible as a nurse anymore. Dummy down time.

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vintagemother works as a Nurse and Mom.

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To the poster who said shed like to earn $16/hr. Yeah, that was me, too. But in my area, the only settings that pay that much to CNAs are hospitals. I put in about 100 applications to no avail. I reached the conclusion that the only way I could earn that much was by becoming an Lvn. So I did. And I make much more than that.

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