1) You are grossly unappreciated as a CNA and highly underpaid. It's also easy to injure yourself if you don't use proper body mechanics.
2) Getting to take care of patients! I love my Alzheimer's patients dearly. Also, gaining invaluable experience if you wish to go on and become a nurse.
3) No, I'm very happy I became a CNA. I'm starting LPN school in the fall and I have learned sooo much from my training and my job.
4) I've been a CNA for 1 year and 4 months. I started my job in an Alzheimer's unit of an assisted living facility 2 weeks before I passed my state test and I'm still employed there.
5) Yes. I'm starting LPN school in September then later doing a LPN-RN bridge program.
6) My Mom was a CNA for a long time. After growing up and seeing what she did for a living, I couldn't see myself doing anything else.
7) I work in assisted living facility but I wouldn't recommend it. If you read any of my other posts you'll see why. But I think if you want to go on and become a nurse your best bet is try to get employment at a hospital. You'll learn many more skills that'll help you further down the line (like phlebotomy and EKG).
8) Lord, yes. I've been bit, kicked, slapped, punched, spit on, etc. I've learned to get away from the patient if possible. Give them (and you) time to cool off and come back and try it again. If they're still combative, you may need some help.
9) I work with Alzheimer's residents so I know if they were in their right mind, they'd appreciate it. The nurses are wonderful where I work and they agree we're underpaid. Family members have belittled me more than anyone.
10) I have low tolerance for vomit. When I see it, it tests my gag reflex. But that's the only thing that bothers me. I don't necessarily have a favorite task, I just love knowing my residents are dry and content.
11) No, but sometimes after my three 12 hour shifts I almost have to crawl out of bed because my back is in such a bind.
12) Not yet, fortunately.
13) I took a 6 week program at a technical school.
14) There's too many too count! You gather a bunch of memories while being an aide.
15) No, not really. I felt like my training got me pretty well prepared.
Hope this helped! Good luck!