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  • Mar 17 '12

    Quote from interceptinglight
    Truly!! Geez, you're already exposed to every microorganism present in the facility you work in, not to mention the close proximity with people that you are caring for. CNA work is no place for germaphobes !!! :icon_roll
    Just ponder those wheelchair handles. . . when has anyone anywhere ever wiped them down?? And what would be the point?? haha!

  • Feb 6 '12

    As a new grad, I started out at 18.92 an hr. working at a SNF in west Michigan. Two years later I am making 20.80 an hr at the same facility.

    Believe it or not, the CNAs at this facility start out over 15.00 an hr. The aides who've been here forever have capped out over 20.00 an hr!

  • Jan 26 '12

    RN's get paid much better than LPN's, but most facilities are now leaning towards wanting to hire RN's with their bachelor degrees. The LPN program is definitely shorter, and if you need an income right away, it is a good route to go, but if you have the means to be able to go the RN route, it will pay out much better in the long run. I just got my LPN license and am going into the RN program now. Our wait in Arizona to get into the RN program is almost 3 years. Good luck to you!

  • Jan 24 '12

    Quote from gapeacheykeen
    I recently relocated due to a nasty divorce, I have been trying to figure out which to do. LPN or BSN. I was waiting for the in-state tuition to kick in before I made a decision. (In Arkansas the wait is only 6 mo ) I really need the opinions of RN's and LPN's....which is better to have as far as pay and benefits? I have heard that Rns get paid almost the same as LPN's? I'm getting my CNA this summer so that I can get a job as well as go to school. I'm going crazy trying to figure out which road to go! Someone please give insight into each path. Do you regret the path you took? If so, why...I'm really interested.
    I would definitely do an RN program - start with ADN, then you can get hospital employment and pursue your BSN. LPN's are not being hired in hospitals any more in most areas and while long term facility pay is good, it is difficult and monotonous. You are basically a glorified pill pusher trying to get meds out to 25 patients. There is really no time to use your nursing skills or ever even feel that you are doing your job safely. I worked as an LPN for 22 years in the hospital. I was IV, PCEP and ACLS certified. I technically worked under the RNs' supervision, but I functioned autonomously. I took a 7 year break to see my daughter through an elite gymnastics career and when I came back - no more hospital job. It didn't matter that I could do the same job as the RN's (sans hanging blood and pronouncing). Hospitals will go so far as to request ADN's with "one year of experience" over someone like me. I am now stuck in long term care - but not for long. I am heading back to school!

  • Jan 24 '12

    Hello gapeacheykeen,

    I advise to just go straight for your Bachelor in Nursing and get your RN license. Make sure you aren't going in for nursing just for the money. Because going in for the money, you wouldn't make your first clinical semester. I always tell people to be a CNA for 6 months to get a feel of nursing.

    I don't regret my path one bit. I made sure I took time to know my reasons for going into nursing. It wasn't the " I love helping people" it was because I enjoy making people feel happy and bring peace to them since they are in a foreign environment. I worked as CNA for 2 years while I was in nursing school. It was very tough, but learned alot. Where I am located in the United States-- Registered Nurse's with a BSN is mandatory in order to get a job. They rarely take LPN's or even RN's with their associate degree anymore in the far east up north.

    Wish you the best!!!!

  • Jan 24 '12

    Quote from gapeacheykeen
    I recently relocated due to a nasty divorce, I have been trying to figure out which to do. LPN or BSN. I was waiting for the in-state tuition to kick in before I made a decision. (In Arkansas the wait is only 6 mo ) I really need the opinions of RN's and LPN's....which is better to have as far as pay and benefits? I have heard that Rns get paid almost the same as LPN's? I'm getting my CNA this summer so that I can get a job as well as go to school. I'm going crazy trying to figure out which road to go! Someone please give insight into each path. Do you regret the path you took? If so, why...I'm really interested.
    I would get the BSN....LPN's do not make nearly as much money and in the long run your opportunities are much greater for a variety of positions. I didn't attend school until about age 27, but have never regretted being a nurse or going back for more education. I like learning, so it's not really difficult. byw, I worked while going to school too. I recently retired making over 6 figures, so it's definitely possible. I saved and have a nice retirement all mine. Lovely having security in these times. Good luck with your decision!

  • Jan 21 '12

    arkansas i started out making 19-20hr depending on facility. clinics pay 14-15hr. children's and baptist hospital pay round 12hr while the others pay 15-16hr and more with cna exp.

  • Jan 15 '12

    Hello all. Just reading posts on here and thinking of what people have been telling me when I tell them I am going to become a CNA. I want to be a CNA then go and become an LPN and maybe even an RN. But it irritates me how people will try to "push" you away from the field and tell you how nasty the job is. I am sure people who start thinking of becoming a CNA know what they are getting into as far as the "nasty work" I'm sure they don't think they will be just cleaning up the room and helping people get dressed. And the more I think about it, who cares about the dirty work? These are PEOPLE. They are someone's son/daughter/uncle/aunt/sister/brother/mther/father/grandpa/grandma/niece/nephew, and they deserve to be treated with respect. I have an Aunt who has down syndrome and I help clean her up and give her baths and help her eat. She needs someone to help her. And I care for her so why wouldn't I? It just irritates me when people say "You wouldn't catch me doing that job" or "You won't see me wiping butts" well guess what honey? Aging is part of life! People should be more appreciative of CNA's after all who do you think will take care of you when you become old and frail? Yes, it may not be the most glorious job to have, but I am sure you learn soooo much!

  • Jul 15 '11

    I am a student for Nursing school (getting my ADN) and work 3 nights a week as a CNA. I make more money then I did when I worked 40hrs a week at a desk job. the money part is all about where you are located and where you get a job. LTC usually will pay a little more then the hospital, but getting on the hospital is not always an easy task. best way, in my opinion is to know people.

    when it comes to school and work, its NOT easy. the CNA class is very easy. i actually took that before leaving my daytime desk job. very common sense. the best advice I can give for the CNA class is by a stethoscope and b/p cuff (they have a cheap package deal with both which I would recommend if you dont plan on staying in medical field). practice taking blood pressures on EVERYONE. the state test is really easy too.

    when it comes to nursing school and working 3 nights a week, it is very hard, but do able. I work 3nights a week and the program I am in is 8wk classes. I have class/clinicals 5 days a week. you might have to remove yourself from some fun times with family and friends because studying is most important goal for awhile, but I have done both going on almost 2yrs. just make sure you schedule in class time and study time every day and take at least 1 day a week or half day off for yourself so you dont get burnt out.

    and when it comes to studying...I study at work when I can, but down time for 3rd shift is probably available a little more than other shifts. I have never had a problem with studying as long as patients are being taken care of and my tasks of clean and stocked rooms has been completed my the time I leave work. you dont have to use a textbook at work (which I do use) but you could keep flash cards in your pocket too. I have studied for classes at both long term facility and the now at the hospital. its NEVER been a problem for me. just dont expect to study only at work. there are nights that I have had high hopes to study related to test in the morning and have never had the chance because of how busy we were that night.

    hope this makes you feel better. I have done my whole college life working and studying, just not easy on the "enjoying fun" part at times.

  • Jul 15 '11

    I will be a junior this fall (I'm also a psych major and I'm in good academic standing at my college) and I work full time as a cna during school. For me it was important that I found a job willing to work around my school schedule, I tried to put as many of my classes on tuesday and thursday as possible so I could work 3-11 every other monday, every wednesday and friday, and every other weekend (again my boss is really accommodating so I was allowed to work at 4 on wednesdays because I had class until 3:20). The most important word of advice I can give you if you want to work full time while you're in school at any job not just a cna job is know your limits and be honest with yourself. Are you the type of person who is willing to/doesn't mind staying up until 3 in the morning if you have to because you have a paper due the next day and you had to work? Can you plan your time well enough that you are able to finish all of your homework on your days off and even get ahead with some readings? It takes a lot of commitment but if you are willing to put in the effort it is possible to do both and not have your grades suffer.

  • Jul 15 '11

    I currently work night shift(11pm-7am) theres alot of work involved every shift but to me night shift is more slowed down & not as fast paced. You have more than enough time to do vitals,pass ice,do haircair in the morning..etc marjority of the residents are asleep at this time(less call bells ringing). If you want something more Fast-Paced I would definately say 7am-3pm shift is the one. If you are just starting out in my opinion this is a very hard shift & confusing the whole shift your on the move, its harder to find help with residents and at my facility short-staffed. The middle shift (3pm-11pm) I would say is like a medium and is good for starting out or training. If i were to choose the best to start out I would say 3-11 or 11-7. You have more time to learn and get to know residents & plus my facility pays more for those who work evenings & nights. Hope this helps & Goodluck

  • Jul 15 '11

    I work 7PM-7AM, 3 shifts a week, and I really like it! The floor I work on is an Alzheimer's/dementia unit, so sometimes (like last night, a full moon :-)) it gets crazy, but it is so nice to be able to comfort someone when they need it! When I get there I pass snacks, then get everyone changed into nightgowns and make sure they're dry. Chart. Stock gloves, wipes, and Depends. Do 11 o'clock rounds. Chart. Eat my lunch. 1o'clock rounds. Chart. Do any assigned cleaning. 3o'clock rounds. Chart. Finish up anything else/extra cleaning, etc. 5o'clock rounds. Chart. Go home, hopefully on time if dayshift is on time. Shower, sleep.
    Rinse, repeat :-)

  • Jul 15 '11

    I have worked both 7a-7p and 7p-7a and I have to say I prefer night shift. I am currently finishing nursing school and I have a 2 year old so working while him and my husband are sleeping is a way to get in further clinical experience, make some money and attend school all the while not really missing out on their lives as well. Or at least that works out sometimes- with school ther is no life anyway!

  • Jul 9 '11

    Hey-not sure if you know but AMMC in Paragould hires people without the CNA certification and you train on the job. I'm thinking about doing that myself while I'm at school at Black River(Paragould campus)..Also I had a teacher tell me that they start you out with a little over $8 an hour, and the longer you work you get paid more..but I think the top pay is about $11 an hour.

  • Jul 9 '11

    Quote from gapeacheykeen
    • I'm so glad to know that I am not the only 40 something starting a second career. I'm hoping that I can find an LTC to sponsor me through the four week CNA training otherwise I have to pay $1000.00 for my out of pocket (out of state) expenses. If anyone has any pointers how to go about getting a sponsor, I am all ears! Last year I overheard some instructors talking about the age ratio in the classes. They said that they preferred the "vintage" students as ones just out of H.S. We are more focused and make sacrifices as opposed to being young and wanting to party. When I was young...boy was I dumb!
    $1000....YIKES! My CNAI course was $466 which covers everything except the textbook and uniform. There is no 'out of state' fee. I don't know of any schools around here that are more than $500. Good luck finding a sponsor!

    I agree with the thoughts about 'vintage' students. Someone told me, "Because you're not some young 20-something, patients will have more confidence in you." Life experiences from being a mother of 2 boys (one of whom plays rugby) and a preschool teacher for 20+ years (I've seen my share of broken bones, cuts, stitches, puke, blood, diarhhea!) surely count for something.