Hello, I just started a job at a LTCF as a GNA. I was pulled off orientation early, but I won't even get into all of that. The bottom line is that I have mixed feelings about the job and I applaud all CNA's . I work in the dementia unit and have already been punched, kicked, scratched and called a b*&$# several times. Now, that is not a big deal because I can ignore those things, but i just feel down about my choice to become a CNA. I start nursing school this fall so I will only be working here for the next 6 months (if I make it) and then I am off to school. I thought it would have been a good idea to become a CNA first to get some clinical experience, but I wanted to work in a hospital (however they don't hire new CNA's in hospitals where I live so I settled for LTC). So, I just need some words of encouragement to boost my confidence or experiences about feeling the way I did upon first starting. I hope I get into the swing of things and start to enjoy it a little and not dread going into work everyday.