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CNA-Undecided if Am or Pm shift

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I am a newly passed CNA. I am undecided whether to work am or pm in a rehabilitation healthcare/LTC.Help me decide which shift to get.Thanks!

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CVmursenary has 1 years experience.

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if you can't even decide your own shift how can you make any judgement.

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if you can't even decide your own shift how can you make any judgement.

its a different thing. if you cant give good advice, just dont comment!

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gbpack has 1 years experience and works as a PCA, student.

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Congrats on passing!! I work 2nd shift as a CNA in a hospital. Despite the fact of getting home very late, it is a good shift. It is a busy shift though~ more family members visit, many admissions of patients. The shift differential is also a plus. I'am more of a morning person so eventually I plan to work 1st. Second shift works well right now with my college schedule. All in all, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd shift will all be beneficial. You will learn a lot! good luck.

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cherrybreeze works as a Registered Nurse.

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I had to work second shift when I was a CNA, since I was in high school and college at the time. I've never minded PM's, since I have a hard time getting up early (as in, before the sun!).

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juliaann has 1 years experience and works as a ICU Nurse.

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What else do you have going on in your life (family, school, social things)? Are you a morning person or a night person? How many days a week would you be working, and what hours (8s or 12s or something else)?

What did you like most about your clinicals, and what did you like least?

All this should be considered in making this decision. Tell us some more about you and then we might be able to give some more appropriate advice!

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I'm not sure exactly how (or why) you expect strangers on the internet to make a fairly important decision about your schedule when you have given no information about factors that would be quite important to making this decision.

Scratch that. Let me shorten that:

I'm not sure exactly how (or why) you expect strangers on the internet to make a fairly important decision about your schedule.

PS-Congrats about passing. Now celebrate by making a sound decision based on your own evaluation about what's best for you, not based on what some people on the internet think, because that decision will be the best decision.

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fuzzywuzzy has 3 years experience and works as a CNA.

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I like days better than evenings because I'm a morning person and I like to wake up, go to work and get my day over with. I started off on evenings (knowing that I would eventually go to first), and it's really busy after supper, but a couple hours later it's dead (which I hate). I'm kinda glad I started on evenings because the downtime is helpful when you don't know the residents and routine. There's no time to be slow on days.

PS I don't see why some people have to be so snotty. What's wrong with asking about the shifts? I'm sure if she had a certain preferred sleep pattern or school schedule, she wouldn't be asking the question in the first place!

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PM shift is nice IF you don't have young children at home. There is generally less people around, like PT, OT , administration, etc and can be a little less stimulating. Bad things about PM's is that you tend to miss out on things that take place only in the evening (plays, bar hopping with friends, concerts, etc)

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Blueroses91 works as a CNA.

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I'm a CNA on 3rd shift (night shift) I love it. I'm a night person and a newer CNA. Night shift is helpful when you're just starting out. There is more time to learn and develop your technique. True, it's rather slow and it can get boring but if you don't feel certain about your skills it's a great shift to start on. The nurses are usually not on your back as much either b/c management isn't there getting on to them.

I have worked all shifts and I have to say night is the best for me. Day shift is very busy and you have to be fast or you will get left behind. The other CNAs don't really have the time to help you out too much nor do the nurses. You really have to hold your own. 2nd shift is also very busy until the last hour or so.

I've never worked exclusively with rehab patients so I can't really comment on that. However I enjoy working in an LTC facility. You have time to bond with the residents and in doing so it makes the work you do even more meaningful. The downside is that you have alot of residents assigned to you at one time and that can get tiresome.

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Congrats on passing!! I work 2nd shift as a CNA in a hospital. Despite the fact of getting home very late, it is a good shift. It is a busy shift though~ more family members visit, many admissions of patients. The shift differential is also a plus. I'am more of a morning person so eventually I plan to work 1st. Second shift works well right now with my college schedule. All in all, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd shift will all be beneficial. You will learn a lot! good luck.

Hmm...yes but i think u will earn more in the morning bec. its the time when patients are busy and awake? what do you think?

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I had to work second shift when I was a CNA, since I was in high school and college at the time. I've never minded PM's, since I have a hard time getting up early (as in, before the sun!).

LOL Im usually a night person. But I would like to try in the morning too for a new challenge and experience.:yawn:

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