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I have recently acquired an interest in working in the healthcare field. I've been in business my entire life, but do not find it rewarding, and I don't feel as though I accomplish anything.
I've been doing a lot of research about nursing and CNA's, but have not been able to find some real testimonials. If someone could please let me know what most CNA's do I would appreciate it, besides just the general job description of, "assists nurses and patients".
Also, if there is anyone out there who has possibly worked in business and switched careers to medical, please let me know your feelings.
I dont know how old you are but that to me makes a difference as well, I am currently a cna/nursing student from being in the business world for years, and my take of if is this. The work duties are alot like the op have stated you get the grunt work of things. But I also am learning it is more than just that, nursing comes with a whole new world of different coworkers, there can sometime be alot of gossip and backbitting to kind of learn your way through. You need to have a tough skin in nursing and that was always an issue for me, in that I am not very confrontational, but I have other friends who are nurses, and they displayed this side of things to me going in, so I had to really ask myself how bad do you want to be a nurse, and keep pushing myself past that outer shell.
You also need to be able to see and experience and work with allot of ickee, things, BM, vomit, urine, ect.... for me, I will say that at first I thought I could never deal with that, but now, I notice that when I am doing my job my heart is in it, and these things do not get to me.
Try to make sure you get that timeout for you, rest is important, you time is even more important, to be successful these things will become more important than before. See in business you or I just put in 12 hours in the office and I could be able to go home freshen up and have my time. With nursing it is different this is physical labor that you are using your body strenghth to make happen, and on the job, others may try and push these things on you while allowing you to sought of out do yourself, do let it happen.
Is it rewarding, yes nursing is very rewarding as long as you are in it for the right reasons, I also say read more books about how to survive your first year as a nurse, they are great.
And most importantly of all you are starting a new career realize that CNA is just the stepping stone, to you becoming that nurse you are, move forward, and stay focus, and most importantly of all much much much sucess.