I posted this over in the LPN corner as well to get the POV of the licensed professionals, but I would also like to hear from fellow students. Here is the situation:
Our school had a blood drive last month, and being O- I decided I would donate. Upon entering the auditorium, I knew the young gentleman doing the donor interview as a person who had started the surgical technician program in September but had been dropped from the program because of grades. Instead, he came back in November and obtained his CNA. Good for him!
CNAs are very important. Anyhow, I told him it was nice to see him and that I was pleased he had gotten a good job so quickly. He then replies, "Oh yea. I have two. One at MCH, one with the Red Cross. I became a nurse and then it was really easy to get a job." I smiled, but inside I was infuriated. I know I should have said something, but I couldn't. I was too angry and afraid I would hurt his feelings. In no way am I downplaying the CNA title, nor am I saying these valuable individuals do not work hard to get their certification. What angers me is how someone can have the gall to say they are a nurse when in no way have they put in the hours or paid the dues I have. My family and I have sacrificed A LOT this year so I could follow my dreams, and we have a long way to go as I transition from LPN to RN. Not only is it illegal for a CNA to call themselves a nurse, it is insulting to me. Am I the only one who feels this way?
Mar 26, '05
Quote from xokelly2
Could he have gotten his Nursing degree elswhere??? or been from another country and had to test to practice as a nurse???? You should have questioned him more like something really specific about a course......hmmmmm good question...
Good thoughts. When he was in the surg tech program we spoke on occasion and he told me that this was his first venture into the healthcare field, just as it was mine. He took the CNA class offered in November and was certified the same day as one of my good friends who left the LPN program and decided she wanted to be a CNA first and perhaps pursue nursing later in life when it was more convenient for her family life.
I don't know of any 3 month nursing programs either, but of course I am only 23, so I could be mistaken. I try really hard not to pass judgement on people or assume too much because when I do either of the two I always end up wrong.
PS, did I note sarcasm and rudeness in your post? If so I hope it is not because I offended you in some way. My post was not meant to ruffle any feathers. I apologize.
Last edit by HisTreasure on Mar 26, '05
Mar 26, '05
What is a nurse? CNAs provide basic nursing care. The term "nurse" is a broad one. Check out any job description for a CNA or PCA. Look at any dictionary.
A CNA is a member of the nursing team. In his mind, this man is a nurse. I would not disagree. I may be out on a limb here, but when medical assistants are referred to as "the nurse" in the doctor's office, it doesn't tick me off that a nursing assistant who bathes and cleans and feeds and takes VS, and assists a sick patient or elderly resident would refer to himself as a nurse. In my mind, he functions as a kind of nurse. In the patient's mind too.
I'm not so sure that what he said to you was illegal. He didn't represent himself as an LPN or RN. He didn't walk into your room and say "I am your nurse", which would be illegal.
Why get upset? Far be it from me to elevate myself by making someone else feel lower.
Last edit by wonderbee on Mar 26, '05