CNA pre-req class- really unsure about it - page 4

Has anyone ever been super unsure about taking the CNA course? I know I definitely do not want to work as a CNA, and am only taking the course because I have to as a pre-req for the LPN program. I... Read More

  1. by   fuzzywuzzy
    Ask any of the experienced nurses on this site what they think of someone who's not even in a nursing program yet and already finds CNA work distasteful or think they're above it. I'd really like to see what most of them say.
  2. by   Busia
    You really are reading a lot more into things than are really there. Nobody said anything about distasteful or being above anything. My concern does not lie with wiping tushes or giving baths, it lies in handling people's privates, if you must know. That's a very personal thing IMO, and yes, it makes me uncomfortable. Much in the same way that a person is uncomfortable handling a newborn until they get used to it. Now please get off your high horse and find something else to complain about. Like I said before, this horse is DEAD!
  3. by   nkara
    I think this board was created to give your opinion. No need to be rude about it.
  4. by   texastaz
    Quote from Busia
    I wasn't aware that CNA's did work other than with the elderly. What kind? I guess I've always associated the job with nursing homes.
    CNAs work in just about all settings except ICU one on one care/or as many nurses know depending it can also be 4:1 care. In that type of setting a CNA my be requested to help transport a person and that is just about it. So - frankly - it isn't just the setting - or the desease - CNA is healthcare and it is a broad field.
  5. by   medsurgtrenchesRN
    I am a pre-nursing student, and I just finished my CNA courses. I went through a lot of feelings before and during my CNA lecture classes. I don't mind bodily fluids, having three children I am all good in that arena, but I was apprehensive about my ability to provide personal care with privacy and dignity to adults who cannot do it for themselves. I was petrified about my clinicals. Then, I started my clinicals. It was shocking to me how different the job is when you are performing those tasks on real people. Most of the residents who can respond are very grateful and helpful when you clean them and help them. Another huge surprise was how heavy a tiny person who cannot move their own limbs is! Very different from the dummies in lab! The biggest surprise to me, though, was that after not having time to eat during my whole first day of clinicals, I had absolutely no appetite at all for the rest of the day. I tried, but the food just wouldn't go down. The one thing I thought wouldn't affect me, did. Now, I can eat after a shift, but I have to change my clothes and take a good shower. I am a bit of a germaphobe lol and I think that was the biggest reason I couldn't eat, just being around so many things that microbiology has taught me can be pathogenic.

    I think it is just a matter of adjustment, and there are plenty of healthcare positions that require you to be a CNA but you do not necessarily perform peri-care. That being said, I know RN's that don't have CNA's in their units and they do everything that CNA's do. I think you will be fine, and you will probably find, when you are faced with a person who needs your care you will do what needs to be done.
  6. by   evie119
    Quote from mncna08
    C.N.A's do more than wipe tooshies!!!! i think it makes no sense to go become an lpn when you cant even take the thought of wiping someone. I am glad that i became a c.n.a. I have learned so much this past year ,things that will only help me in the long run. Team work, people skills, the ability to handle stressful situations,vitals, wound care, feed, toilet, showers, your basic cares that i think would only make sense to be familar with. Even if c.n.a's are at the "bottom" of the chain, we play a very important role in peoples lives. I hope you wont be the type to expect someone else to do the dirty work when able, simply because of a title. Either way, i wish you the best with everything.
    I totally agree .. I took the CNA course before going into nursing to test the waters.. I went in telling everyone that I didnt want to work Nursing Homes. After 2 days into clinical I loved it and I now know that I want to go on to nursing school and I want to work in a nursing home. I would highly suggest that someone take the CNA course to see if Nursing is for them If you cant take alittle doo doo and pee pee, maybe you should re-think your decision
  7. by   KimberlyRN89
    Quote from evie119
    I totally agree .. I took the CNA course before going into nursing to test the waters.. I went in telling everyone that I didnt want to work Nursing Homes. After 2 days into clinical I loved it and I now know that I want to go on to nursing school and I want to work in a nursing home. I would highly suggest that someone take the CNA course to see if Nursing is for them If you cant take alittle doo doo and pee pee, maybe you should re-think your decision

    Same here. I was totally against working in nursing homes too! But I liked it as well & am going to start working in an assisted living facility
  8. by   1BlessedRN
    I found some of the comments to be hilarious and slightly harsh but we all have a freedom of opinions..right??...however CNA duties are hard and I applaud anyone that have a passion for what they do...I started this journey years ago as a NAT/CNA/LPN/RN it really has allowed me to appreciate those around me and reach out to help someone else along the way...the experience is priceless...before coming into this profession I heard the horror stories concerning CNA duties but once I experienced the difference I made in anothers life by administering a bath, feeding, changing diapers, ROM, turning q 2hrs,...it was a MAJOR impact because not all were elderly pts...trust me if they could they would rather have their dignity....but that is where we all play a part with COMPASSION...my advice to anyone entering this profession...its ok to be nervous, just be in it for the right reasons, the outcome is more rewarding....best wishesheartbeat:heartbeat
  9. by   silicaRN
    if cna gives me a step ahead i'd do it. i'm starting cna class on monday but i am an rn-bsn, i have a ca license but i live in louisiana. it's tough up here,they don't recognize out of the state license. plus i'm a foreign graduate so i have to take the long way around.

    i won't mind cna classes or work.my mom is an rn and she told me she does cna job during the night shift so it won't make a difference.

    anyway, i'm working on my la license. it's going to be a while but i have a job waiting for me so i won't mind waiting for 7 to 8 months..wheew..i hope cna would get me by.

    best wishes on your cna class and hopefully lpn too..
  10. by   jb2u
    busia,

    the problem is that there are many lpn/rn's that do not think that "cna work" is "their work." the truth is...it is their work. i am an rn that started as a cna. it is no one's favorite part of the job, but it is the foundation upon which nursing is built. i've had rns stand at the door so that i (then a cna) could clean up the patient before they did their assessment. now, keep in mind that this is the perfect time for a nurse to assess the patients skin and ability for self care, etc. i've had an lpn hunt me down to ask me if i've taken her patient's bp yet because she is waiting to give him his bp meds. really!! my point is everything a cna does is the nurses job!! some are lucky enough to have cna's there to help. i know of hospitals that are trying to go to lower nurse to patient ratios and not hiring cna's. as far as the "private parts," you will most likely "get over it." it should not hold you back from being a nurse.

    please understand that your post sends a certain message to these cna's. they think...."oh no, here is another future nurse that will serve to make my already difficult job that much harder because they do not want to get their hands dirty." you may not get this, but work for one month as a cna and you will get it!!

    to everyone: i understand where your frustration comes. i ask that everyone follow the terms of service for this website. this means no personal attacks. you may debate the topic, but not the person. let this thread stay open so that others may understand your frustrations. be constuctive and explain, but do not attack. busia may overcome the fears and become a great and helpful nurse, one that cna's love.
  11. by   1BlessedRN
    [quote=jb2u;3634087]Busia,

    The problem is that there are many lpn/rn's that do not think that "cna work" is "their work." The truth is...it IS their work.

    This is true,I have worked/witness both sides of the spectrum, keep in mind nurses also have their own assignments/job descriptions (ill pts, complaining family members, occasional admissions, MD orders, med pass, etc)...not to mention responsiblity to make sure all tasks were delegated properly and completed by end of shift with the faithful few staff members...

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