Mc Donalds pays more for CNA with 8 yrs exp - page 5

:rotfl: I have said it for years now it really happened. I live in WA close to the Seattle area. Moved here from the Midwest about 5 years ago and I even said it back then. You can flip... Read More

  1. by   KRVRN
    I've never understood why CNA's seem to make so little. At my hospital, of all the support personnel, CNA's make the least. Housekeepers, cafeteria workers, secretaries, EVERYONE makes more than the CNA's. Perplexes me, since CNA's have formal training and licensure involved. Yes, housekeepers are valuable employees, but the amount of training ain't what a CNA gets, it's all on the job training... and there's no licensing involved! Why should a nursing student be a CNA when he/she can be a unit secretary and make more? Maybe the hospitals know that nursing students will probably take the CNA jobs even though they are so low paying because they want the bedside care experience.
  2. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from KRVRN
    You mean certification. I'm not trying to nitpick, but there is a difference.
  3. by   Alicia18
    Originally Posted by oldcurlyrn49
    First allow me to introduce myself, I am new to the forum.
    I am an RN currently working on a 12 bed peds unit. We have a 16 year
    old high school student working on our unit as a CNA. Apparently there is some new program in place to recruit students interested in pursuing
    an RN degree. She makes $10.35/hour, does not know how to make a bed
    or how to screw a nipple on a baby bottle. To make matters worse she
    was told she would be assisting RNs during procedures IVs, caths etc...
    She does not feel it is her responsibilty to pass pt. trays or get them
    up to the bathroom, which is something we all do on the unit, no matter what your title. Oh, and she no longer wants to be a nurse, its too
    gross, and there is too much paper work.Her only motivation to work is
    to buy a $300.00 designer purse. I would think we could "find" a nursing
    student who genuinely wants to work peds, don't you?
    Wow! I'm jealous of your highschool CNA! When I started out at 17 as a CNA (several months ago), I got only $8.50/hr, and won't get a raise until I become a MedTech. Seriously, though, what did she think she was getting into when she took her class and did her clinicals? Inexperience is one thing to have to put up with (I have too much of that I'm afraid :chuckle ), but unwillingness to do the "gross" or "menial" stuff is not the way to endear yourself with your coworkers. I'm sorry that she is so hard to work with, but maybe all she needs is some more time to learn, and maybe mature a bit. It might be best for her and all involved that she take a look at other careers involved with healthcare (if that is her dream) or in other nonmedical careers. She won't be happy and nor will her coworkers if she is in a job she hates.
    Just my oh-so-humble opinion!
  4. by   LadyMadonna
    I was a CNA for .50 above minimum wage about two weeks when I decided this wouldn't cut it. I got in th next available LPN class ASAP, which was about 9 months later. I remember no lunch breaks, back breaking lifting, and I'm sure you know the rest of the garbage CNA's put up with. And when you have family members putting you down as "lazy and incompetent" that makes your blood boil no doubt. It was very depressing.
    Yep, one thing being a CNA did for me was to motivate me to go as high as I can in my education, cause I sure didn't want to be stuck in that filthy thankless job.
    Last edit by LadyMadonna on Mar 21, '05
  5. by   Sheri257
    Quote from NurseFirst
    Actually, I've met CNAs who have worked long term at a hospital (5+ yrs) who were making $22/hr. (This is Northern California, folks.) I also met a housekeeping person who worked at the County hospital for 20 years who was making about the same.

    True. I was talking about LTC starting wages. Most of the CNA's I know leave LTC and go to the hospitals where the pay is better, especially if you stay there for a long time.