Sick and tired of wiping butts...HELLP

  1. I've been a CNA (per diem) for a little over a year now. I really want to move on from this job to something else healthcare related that is not butt-wiping related. Don't get me wrong, I really like working with my residents but I feel like I can do more. Also, I should mention that I'm not trying to be an LPN or an RN, I only took up this CNA job to get some experince in healthcare while I try to figure out what I really want to study in healthcare (and not nursing). With my CNA experience, what can I progress onto? If I need to study something addition, I don't want to invest too much time (like a year). I was thinking taking a phlobotomy and EKG course to be a patient care tehnician, but I heard that it's basically the exact same thing as a CNA, so it doesn't make sense to throw my money away. How about hemodialysis technician?

    ALSO, I have a Bachelor's of Arts in Biology that I got this May.

    Please give me some tips...and remember NO BUTT WIPING
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  3. by   brownbook
    I have worked with CNA's in out patient surgery the past 17 years. There is the occasional butt wiping but it is not a daily or even weekly occurrence.

    I don't know what courses phlebotomist or EKG techs need but that would get you away from butt wiping. I am not very familiar with the distinction between patient care techs, medical assistants, and CNA's.
  4. by   heron
    Pharmacy tech
  5. by   Paws2people
    How about something along the lines of Radiology, Ctscan, X-ray tech? Or maybe a Respiratory Therapist?
  6. by   Chrispy11
    Dialysis Patient Care Tech. Some companies train.
  7. by   Neo Soldier
    Does psychiatry sound good to You? They are always looking to hire men. There is far less butt wiping there- compared to the SNF or nursing home. Just speak politely to the patients and you might find that you actually like it.
  8. by   shiftingtides
    For something medically-related, dental hygiene seems like a good option.
  9. by   Hoosier_RN
    Quote from Chrispy11
    Dialysis Patient Care Tech. Some companies train.
    Fresenius trains, has an extensive program
  10. by   fibroblast
    That seems a bit callous for a path that you chose. I was a CNA for years and never considered it 'butt wiping'. I didn't like it, but I didn't complain about it as I knew the job and had to just go with it. Yeah nursing is not for you, as you would see vomit, stool, pee and even 'death'. And even have to examine the rectal area for erythema!..yuck

    EKG tech, pharmacy tech...up your lines of work.
    Last edit by fibroblast on Sep 16
  11. by   Amethya
    Medical aide at a school or camp.
  12. by   Luchador
    I feel you. I've been working as a CNA for six months to get experience while I am in RN school. It has been great experience and will make me a better nurse, but damn it's rough some nights.

    There are some CNA jobs with no ass wiping but they are harder to get, e.g. psych hospital. But if you have a Bachelor's in bio you don't want to be a CNA, anyway.

    As others have said: med-tech, pharm-tech. You might look into EMT and then becoming EMT-paramedic. Do a ride along with your local ambulance company. You might get puked on or exposed to TB, but you won't have to wipe asses and it is a really fun job
  13. by   Cora_Ann
    Respiratory or any of the mentioned above
  14. by   Mrs.D.
    While I was in school I worked as a "cardiology technician" in a hospital. It's entry level just like the CNA/NA/PCT/MA so it was only like $15/hr, but no real hands-on care. I actually took it thinking I'd be similar to an aid (because I wanted practice outside of clinicals) on a cardiac unit, but was pleasantly surprised.

    I ran different kinds of stress tests with cardiologists and other techs & technologists (echo, nuclear med, etc.), and did EKGs on floors where the staff wasn't trained to do them (mental health, L&D, M&Baby). It was actually a pretty good learning experience, in an office type setting within the hospital, with a lot of down time (I used it to study). And room for advancement.

    Maybe something like that? I didn't even know it exsisted! They hired me because I had done clinical as a nursing student, so I'd bet that your experience as an aid would be useful. I just don't know where you'd go up from there. I never looked into it since I was planning on nursing.

    Good luck! An aid is a hard but very important job. It's not for everyone. I don't think it's all that bad to say it's all "wiping ***" online, but I hope you don't say that in real life. It's so demeaning, and I really appreciate the people who do that job.

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