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    Our nursing home is having a reception for the CNA's. Every year they usually give us a gift--a coffee mug or a bag or something like that.

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    martymoose likes this.

    I hope you don't mind me chiming in, I'm a CNA and not a nurse. But I've noticed that it seems to be common in our facility that our girls and guys (CNA's and nurses) are expected to pick up time on 2 or even all 3 different shifts.

    I have a regular schedule on 3-11 with a little bit of 11-7 as well. My scheduler has recently decided to start throwing in more 7-3, scheduling me on all three shifts in the same week.

    I've put up with a lot in 3 years, and I understand there are emergencies, but within just a few weeks of the three-shift business I am fed up and deciding what to do next. I've considered seeking other work or requesting a transfer (I work in a nursing home complex with other buildings on the campus).

    So the point of my rambling is that it is unhealthy to have staff working all 3 shifts in one week. It's pushing me right toward the door.

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    futurenurselisaaa likes this.

    Great tips, fuzzywuzzy and mindyfromcali, thank you!

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    I've had a credit report as part of at least one job application, but no one ever made anything of it. At the time I don't think I had bad credit but I don't think I had the most perfect credit either.

    I'd be very surprised if it mattered. What really matters is your CORI.

    In the unfortunate event that it's an issue, there's probably other jobs that wouldn't have a credit check. I don't remember doing a credit report for every job I've applied to (and I've been through many app processes).

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    ell, not completely sure of NC's state laws (I'm from MA) but this website says you have to work at least 8 hours every 2 years to renew. I think you would have to take the course again.

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    I'm sorry about this bad experience! There are lots of CNA opportunities out there, and high turnover, so maybe something on day shift will turn up soon.

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    Hi, y'all. First time posting a new topic, and I hope you don't mind a little burnout vent. I'm having a hard time emotionally and I need someone to talk to. I think people here will understand.

    I've been a CNA for 8+ years, right out of high school. I work in a nursing home where I've been close to 3 years. I'm looking at short-term job training opportunities so I can leave.

    My problem is, I expect it could be a couple months (at least) until I can secure another job. And I'm at the point where it's hard to get through the shift.

    My company is fabulous, wonderful staff. I care deeply about my residents and I strain to have a positive attitude. I try to smile a lot and be friendly and attentive, willing to help out and be a team player. I try to be very flexible and willing to accommodate the needs of the facility.

    Being responsible for the health of all these people overwhelms me. I know they need quality care, but the stress of it all has gotten to me. Sometimes I "cope" by stuffing my face with junk food, which is unhealthy and immature. I've become distant from my few close relationships because of work.

    The thought of going to work fills me with anxiety and dread. It's embarrassing admitting this, but I cry over my job too. I'm angry and irritable on a frequent basis. It can be hard to enjoy days off because I'm anticipating my next shift. Mostly I just feel miserable either at work or thinking about work. This is not a new thing, this has been going on constantly for a few years. I feel selfish, immature, and guilty because I am not really the committed caregiver I have to pretend to be.

    The point of my post is this: how do YOU get through a hard shift, even if you may not feel burned out like I do? Are there deeper ways to cultivate a positive attitude? Is there a way I can learn to "fall in love" with the job so I don't have to feel so down all the time? I wasn't always this bad, especially not in my early years in my career.

    Oh, and by the way, I don't think I'm suffering from clinical depression. I get great joy from my family, my friends, exercise, and unfortunately from food (as I mentioned....) My job is what makes me feel awful.

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    I know injuries are a serious thing, but as MsKeycena said, we all make mistakes. JustBeachyNurse gave some good advice as well.

    Years ago, at a new job, I forgot to lock a patient's w/c during a transfer. Big mistake. She fell and had to go to the hospital. I had
    to write up an incident report and undergo some additional training. They did not fire me. I can't guarantee anything for you, but termination is not a given.

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    The OP really touches my heart. I've been a CNA for over 8 years, and I've struggled for the past 2 1/2 years or so desperately trying to break into another line of work. I have pretty much no other kind of work experience, so it's brutal. Even retail and fast food won't give me the time of day!

    I go to work and try to have a positive attitude. I've had to tell myself how blessed I am to have a job, how nice my residents and co-workers are, etc. All very true things, and I work for a nice facility as well.

    The company doesn't make me miserable, it's the occupation itself. Thanks OP for spurring hope in me. Maybe I'm closer to my dream of toasting marshmallows over my burning certification? :-)