Quote from pumpkin1984
That's the only thing that has to do with nursing as a whole.
Honey, you are completely wrong...
Let me try to explain a few things and clear up some misconceptions that you have..
A Medical Assistant assists the Doctor.
A CNA assists the nurse.
I was a Student nursing assistant before becoming a nurse. I dont regret one day of the 'dirty work'. I am a darn good nurse now because of it.
I saw a lot, I learned a lot, and since I was a student nurse, most nurses let me assist with things such as dressing changes, starting an IV, etc.
The biggest thing I learned from being a nursing assistant was organization. Within 45 minutes I could have vitals done and charted on 15-18 patients. All just mine. I'd also have half of them toileted.
The other students in my class who werent CNAs were not prepared for a rude awakening. In nursing school you have 1-2 patients tops. Its not like that in the real world. Organization is key.
Not to mention, I learned how the floor ran, how to interact with other nurses/aides/drs/secretaries/etc, and I learned a lot about patient care.
To address a few things you mentioned:
CNA'd do not give shots. At least not anywhere that I have ever seen in the hospital setting..
Everyday in nursing is a dirty day. If you dont want that, I suggest you rethink nursing. If you find a patient covered in feces, are you going to leave it and wait for the CNA to come along? I'd hope not.
You have to feed people, change them, bath them, and nurse them back to health. Each one of those tasks are beyond important.
Feeding a person allows you to assess ability to swallow, bathing allows for assessment of skin integreity/ breakdown, and all of them allow for you to talk with a person to see if they are alert and oriented.
I dont pass meds all day. I'm coughed on, spit on, I clean up poop, vomit, urine, blood, you name it.
I love my job, and wouldnt change any aspect of it.
If you do continue to choose nursing, I wish you luck..