Financial, Health Challenges Faced By Nursing Assistant Workforce

  1. Financial, Health Challenges Faced By Nursing Assistant Workforce

    Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/150279.php

    A pioneering study of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) in nursing homes reveals that more than half of them incurred at least one work-related injury in the previous year. One in three received some kind of means-tested public assistance, and nearly half of those without medical insurance claimed they could not afford their employer-sponsored plan.
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  3. by   ElvishDNP
    No big shocker there. I can barely afford my company's health insurance, and I know I make WAAAAY more than our CNAs do. My bills are paid but there's not much at all left over at the end.....so I don't know how people who make CNAs' wages make ends meet, period.
  4. by   mochabean
    I agree. It's hard to make ends meet as a nursing assistant. The pay is really low compared to the amount physical of work that needs to be done.
    I work with several nursing assistants who work 4-6 12-hour shifts a week. A couple of them have been nursing assistants for years, yet they only make $12-$13 and hour. I had one of these nursing assisants tell me the other night that she loves her job, that it pays her bills, and she can get a job anywhere. Yet, this same woman works 5-6 12-hour shifts a week, is in ill health, and can barely walk. It's understandable why there is a high turnover rate. Being a nursing assistant may be a "recession proof" job, but I definetly wouldn't want to make a career out of it. Unless wages increase and there is a nursing assistant to patient ratio, I can't see the nursing assistant shortage getting any better.
  5. by   blue note
    Quote from mochabean
    I work with several nursing assistants who work 4-6 12-hour shifts a week. A couple of them have been nursing assistants for years, yet they only make $12-$13 and hour.
    Yikes. I don't know how anyone can work 6 12-hour shifts a week on a regular basis and not turn into a zombie. My hat's off to them. And yeah, it's a disgrace that CNAs make only slightly above minimum wage considering the truly hard work they do.
  6. by   mochabean
    I've asked them how are they able to work those many hours and the typical response I've gotten was "You gotta do what you gotta do." More power to them.
  7. by   IlovebabyfeetRN
    I worked as a CNA while I was in nursing school. It was the most physically challenging job I ever had. I loved the people I cared for, but many of the facilities have very little respect for the CNAs...which to me reflects their attitude toward the residents. How can you claim your residents receive good care if you have CNAs with 16 resident assignments....especially if many of them are mechanical lift dependent...or very heavy or contracted. And you can barely make a living wage. I worked a lot of double shifts to support myself and family. I would be getting people out of bed in the early morning who I put to bed the evening before...I continue to have a lot of respect for people who do this work.
  8. by   jean36
    what even makes the job of cna’s is the attitude of some nurses towards these folks. it bothers me when a nurse sits at the nurse's station for example, gets a request from his/her patient to do something as basic as bringing ice chips or getting the patients' telephone close by, yet that nurse would rather get up, spent about 2-3 minutes looking for the cna to go take care of the patients' needs, it's sad. as clearly stated, some of these cna's work 4-5 12 hours shifts and we all know how demanding their jobs are. as nurses, we should learn to work as a team and help each other out.
  9. by   carlasbizz
    Hello Everyone,

    I am currently a CNA. I work in a very busy Oncology unit. I am getting burnt out. The work load is so overwhelming. I get very little help from the other staff. I really can't take it anymore. I am going to be looking for another job. I just don't know what else to do.
  10. by   doesanyoneknowwhy
    Nurses in training are taught to assign certain tasks to the Nursing Asst. No lie!! In the LPN and RN training programs. In my text I am clearly taught to only do tasks that are unique only for a Nurse to perform, and avoid doing what nursing assistance are trained to do. These are two different educational levels. Although, here in my state, noone can be a Registered Nurse without taking the nursing assistant course, and has to have this course completer as a prerequisite to even be considered of being accepted into a program.

    LPN do a lot under the supervision of an RN too.

    When I was an NA I worked more closely with the LPNs, they helped out a lot, and I learned a lot from them, and some of the LPNs should have been given more praise as well.

    If you are not an RN, you are looked down on as the uneducated one, so it is an education difference that's all. Go get your RN degree, or do the LPN first, and then your RN. A lot of girls go that route.

    Remember the more you make the more Uncle Sam takes, find your happy medium and budget.
  11. by   mochabean
    It's interesting you said that because I've met a lot of nursing assistants as well as nursing students who have bachelor degrees or higher. I have an MSW and I remember during my internship at a hospital my supervisor said to me "We're more educated than the nurses. Charge Nurse So-and-So just got her bachelor's degree." I was actually suprised to hear that considering that hospital social workers make less than RNs with a diploma or ADN.
  12. by   shannieliz
    In my state CNA's only make around $7-$10.00 an hour, the median range is $9.00. I was a cna for 6 years and through nursing school, I made 5.25 an hour, I cannot imagine how these single moms, and even married moms can make it. The cost of things keep rising, though the pay stays the same. I currently work third shift as an LPN, and work side by side with a cna that is 56 years old. I tell her all the time "I don't know how you still do it" and she doesn't complain, and does a great job. My back is killing me after just doing a set of rounds with her, after all the bending, lifting, pulling that is involved, but I don't complain to her either I have said for years that CNA's should make more and be appreciated more, although its hard to make it on my salary too, I am thankful that I went to nursing school, smartest thing I ever did
  13. by   MeggaRN
    this whole insurance in american thing is a mess. I hope they get it straightened out soon.
  14. by   cree0165
    I am currently certified as a nursing assistant. Although I love helping others, I had to find something else to do. Financially, the workload was worth way more than $6.00/hr - $8.00/hr (yes! the most I've ever made as a CNA is $8.00/hr!). It's also sad that some facilities that I've worked in do not offer benefits for CNA's. They did for the nurses but not for us. I too have seen some nursing assistants who are in ill health and can barely lift patients but they can't afford to not work or do anything else at the moment. When I become a nurse (I'm on my way to school this fall!) I will try to remember that I was once a CNA and stress teamwork. We are all a part of a team. The more nurses and CNA's work together, the better.

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