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by Yurushi Yurushi (New) New

So, I've been considering becoming a nursing assistant.

And I was wondering if anyone could give me any info about the job's pros and cons, and any other info about it.

I think I have the basic idea of the job but I can't be sure so I decided to ask a nursing forum.


There's a entire CNA section in the students area with lots of information. I suggest you search around in there. I'm signed up to do a 8 week certification as a CNA & Home Health Aide this Summer and I'm really looking forward to it.

Good luck!

the job sux you will not enjoy it.

Thank you touchhealth, I'll see what I can find there.

But um, Harleyhead, was there even a point to that post?

I asked for information about the job, not whether or not you think it sucks.

From the perspective of somebody in Aged Care:


-Meaningful work.

-Get to make a difference in peoples lives even if it is over trivial stuff. But its stuff they can't do for themselves.

-You get excellent people skills.


-Very physically demanding.

-Can't do everything you want to do for people, not even close most days.

-The pay is generally pretty awful.

-Get to be the absolute bottom of the ladder in terms of power in the workplace.

I've never had any other kind of job. I do love it even though it drives me batty sometimes. I think my first point about it being meaningful work is the most important part. You feel like you are doing something really worthwhile even if sometimes it goes unnoticed and unappreciated and the good generally outweighs the bad in the overall picture. It's also a really good place to start at if you want to move further into Nursing, the experience is priceless.

Yep, same thing I've heard elsewhere.

Meaningful work, physically demanding, and low pay.

Money shouldn't be a problem for me for a few years so I won't have a problem with low pay.

And seeing as how I'd rather have less power in the workplace(strange, I know) and I can deal with physically demanding I think the pros definitely outweigh the cons.

Thanks for the input.

nghtfltguy, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency, Trauma, Flight.

it is really not a good paying job..... as the others have told you..

it can make you a better person though...

i did it when i was in high school.... im still in the medical field and a very important person with the ENA....emergency nurse association...

it is up to you on what you want to do.... im telling you....being a CNA is a hard job...

but... it can be very rewarding as well...........

look at me... many years later.. im not only a nurse..but help teach the nurses around our country......

i make more money than most doctors.......

i started out as a nurse aide~~~~


Good morning! Next week,I am receiving my certificate to teach CNA's and am curious as to which schools you recommend that I apply to teach for? I want comrades who respect the students and are not burned out. I have 30 years of wonderful expereince as an RN and want know the profession.

Thank you and all the best to you,


I am applying to teach in a CNA program. I am earning the certificate to train CNA's and LPN's and am going through the process of finding a school that has high respect for themselves and the students. Please keep in touch about your process and conclusion.

Best of luck to you,



Specializes in General (OB, Peds, med-surg, etc...).

I worked as a CNA for two years, starting off at age 18, right out of high school. I worked in a great nursing home, and really loved what I did every day. I feel that the experience I gained helped me in nursing school, and continues to help me. Here are some similarities between being a CNA and being a nurse: you will go from one room to the other and be on your feet all day, you must find helping people rewarding, you are required to assist people when they can't do activities for themselves (such as hygiene care), you will deal with people who try to throw around their power...there are many other similarities as well. I believe it is a great place to start if you are interested in becoming a nurse. Some may disagree, but this is just my opinion.

I'm a nursing assisistant. The major advantage for me is that it has been a total learning exeperience. I get to interact with patients with various ailments (can apply A&P); I work with great nurses who show me how certain procedures are done and how certain equipment works. They're also happy to answer any questions I have. I observe how the nurses interact with patients, other nurses, physicician as well as how they handle stress. Some of the other nursing assistants I work with are also in nursing school, so I get to ask them questions about their program. I'm currently training to become a PCT so I know how to do wound care, straight catherization, and phlebotomy. Everyday I learn something new and I feel confident (but still a little nervous!) to start nursing school this fall. I can also work 3-12's (FT) and have 4 days off :D. Disadvantages: you're on your feet a lot, your patience is always tested, other lazy nursing assistants, and low pay.

While many people have mentioned the low pay, I have to point out that there are plenty of jobs that pay even lower. In my area, CNA's in LTC start at $10 hourly, while retail jobs, fast food and other areas of employment pay much less, so it's not all bad. :yeah:

fuzzywuzzy, CNA

Specializes in LTC. Has 3 years experience.

yeah and even if they paid the same I would still rather do CNA than retail or fast food.

Thanks again for the input, everyone. :)

I've been thinking about it a lot and the only problem I'm having with considering this job is the messier work I'd be doing.

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to be able to help take care of people, even if it means doing the 'dirty work'.

But I don't know if my stomach can handle it. I've never worked with things like that before so I really don't know.

Do you think I should go for it anyway and hope I won't have too much of a problem with it?

I have been a CNA for about two years. I work in a hospital ICU as a Patient Care Tech and I LOVE IT! I work nights and we are a team beyond measure. The nurses regard me properly as an ASSISTANT to their workload and we work fluidly together to take care of OUR patients. I know my job parameters but as a student they are always happy to show me how they do their job so I am constantly learning. I am paid well enough - but the OT is where the money comes in. I am not afraid of OT and there is plenty there. Sitters galore at our hospital. Always other floors with techs calling in sick.

It can be back-breaking work and it is not as easy as grilling a hamburger at McDonalds (which I did in HS) but it is incredibly rewarding to see an ARDS patient who has been there for 2+ months walk out under his own steam - and know that your care contributed to his recovery. I highly recommend the job if you want a further career in nursing - it is invaluable.


Specializes in Med-Surg/Pediatrics, Maternity. Has 13 years experience.

You won't know if you can do it unless you try. Since you would love to help care for others that might be the motivation you need to do some of the "messier" jobs. Helping somebody that can't help themselves brings great satisfaction. I worked as a CNA during college breaks and that experience was helpful to me in nursing school. It's a hard job but at least you would be making a difference. Good luck.

You won't know if you can do it unless you try. Since you would love to help care for others that might be the motivation you need to do some of the "messier" jobs. Helping somebody that can't help themselves brings great satisfaction. I worked as a CNA during college breaks and that experience was helpful to me in nursing school. It's a hard job but at least you would be making a difference. Good luck.

Yes, I suppose you're right.

I need to talk about it with my significant other but I'm fairly certain I'm going to give it a try, at the very least.

I really want to, after all. Having to deal with things I don't like to do something I want to do should be a lot better for me than doing something I just don't care for.


Specializes in OR, Informatics. Has 5 years experience.

RNnamaste - I'm not sure where you're looking to teach, but the director of the CNA program at Blackhawk Technical College in Wisconisn is among the finest people I've ever had the privilege to meet. The staff is passionate, and they consistently turn out quality NA's.

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