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  1. Hi! It's been a long time since I have posted on here, and I wanted to share my experiences on my current job as a SNA. I have to say this is the best Nursing Assistant job I ever have. I thought I would just be cleaning beds, stocking stuff, and help take care of patients but it's more than that. I do thank God for giving me this job, as I have had 2 other possible jobs i interviewed for but he knew what I needed. If I got accepted in those other jobs then something bad would have happened. The first job Float pool I knew I had to go to other floors and would have to had to risk getting a whole floor to myself and working nights and weekends again. The other job, which was pre-surgery in the surgery department was just like a regular cna job but with shorter hours. I even got to have a glance at it a few weeks ago. It seemed like a regular floor job. Someone I knew got the job, but I found out from a nurse that she wasn't working there anymore. So I guess things happen for a reason. SNA is Surgical Nursing Assistant. The department I work at is Pre-holding, or EP holding. The main part of where I work at is Electrophysiology. The doctors here work on mostly heart procedures in the lab. Usually devices, abliations, afibs, aflutters, etc. Another thing is that it's a combined department with the cath lab. Anyways, it's been an amazing experience, as I have never been in surgery as a nursing assistant; only rehab. I'd also like to point out that it's a rare thing for a CNA to be in surgery, at least where I am working at. My job there is kind of like a normal nursing assistant, but in a different way. For instance, a normal CNA has a group of patients that has to take vitals once or every 4 hours; as I don't. The patients come for surgery and go, unless they have an emergency. There's only a number of cases for they day and week. Some people do come back for other things. Another thing is that normally for a unit there's many assistants on the floor; as I am the only one working 4 days a week. There's another SNA, but they only work once a week unless there off from school. It does suck sometimes I can't talk or relate to other people who are cnas, but it's not that bad. My job duties there are like 25% of what normal cna jobs do. I do check blood sugars, vitals, and take patients to the bathroom. Good thing about the bathroom part is that most of the time the patients can walk by themselves and I just have to hold on to their gown. Sometimes there's urinals and bedpans, but not frequent. Before as a regular cna I had to assist patients to the bathroom; sometimes they were max or totals or even had diaper changes. Now that rarely happens. I think 2 or 3 times I had to help a nurse change diapers. I do clean as well, but it's only for surgeries. Most of the time I have to prep a patient by either shaving or wiping their skin down with special soap to prevent infection. Sometimes it does get boring and repetitive though. I also do most of the transporting picking and dropping patients back to their rooms, so I don't sit in one place all the time. It's nice to go to different parts of the hospital from time to time. Sometimes I also help cath lab transport their patients back to their rooms too. Another thing I do sometimes Is I help set up a-lines, or arterial lines. I work with an Anesthesia Tech who is also alone doing the work by themselves. Most of the time they set up a-lines for the doctors to put in the patients to monitor their blood pressure besides the arm. It's not an easy task but I managed to set it up at least. I have also gotten to go to the labs and help sometimes turnover a case after it was finished, but I still need help in that department. A great thing about working there is that I work 4 days a week, get one off and work no weekends. It's almost impossible to find a job in nursing where people get weekends off. I always had to work every other weekend, days and nights and rarely had time off. Even when i was working in therapy i had to work weekends. I haven't had weekends off in a long time so I was grateful for that. I hear that few surgery departments where I work at get weekends off but most of them have weekends or on call. Another thing is that if I have time, i can watch a procedure which can be interesting. There was a day where It wasn't busy so I asked my boss if I could watch a heart procedure in another department. I did and it was incredible. I never saw an open heart procedure and I was standing for most of the time. I haven't had the chance to see another one but If I can i will. I think the best part about my job is that I get to pull sheaths. Sheaths are what doctors use in some procedure and when they are done either a nurse or I will remove them unless the nurse has to test the blood. And I have to say I have never seen blood like I have before. When I was a CNA, I did get to draw blood, but I actually never had blood on my gloves. It's really cool as I get to do something important. I also remove the a-lines as well. It's hard sometimes because I have to disconnect the ivs and stuff and finding a pulse as well. And sometimes my fingers get numb as I have to hold either 10 or 15 minutes, depending on how big the sheaths are. If you are a CNA looking for a job in the hospital, don't give up. Sometimes you have to go in and get yourself in. It happened to me and that's how I got my first job ever at the hospital with no experience, but I've had to learn through hardships. And if regular nursing assisting isn't your thing, there's many opportunities to look out for. I'd never thought I would be working in a surgical department where's there so many things that's different from being a regular CNA. Also, is anyone else a SNA? If so what do you guys do in your departments? I would like to know.
  2. I was just hired to work as a surgical nursing assistant in the cath lab at my hospital and I'm very excited to start. Thing is I have never worked in the cath lab before, but I have worked as a nursing assistant on other floors. What are the job duties for a surgical nursing assistant there? What are their tasks? What's a typical day like? Any answers will help. Thank you.
  3. 3 weeks ago, I had another job interview at where I work at. I am currently waiting for a transfer. Where I interviewed at was actually a Cardiac Cath lab as a Surgical Nursing Assistant. The interview was fast, but went well in my opinion. Then one of the nurses showed me around and it seems like a really nice facility that I could be working at. And the staff was friendly. After, the boss gave me his business card and I went on my way. Then I find out that they called my reference, which is a really good one. It's been over 3 weeks now and a month. What do you think is going on? DO you think they are waiting for the paperwork, or do you think they have found someone else? Should I follow up on them or should I still wait? Because I can't wait over a month. That has happened to me before and I didn't get the job. Please, I need any advice that can be given to me. Thank you.
  4. NTechTruth

    First over night shift, 2 jobs, in college

    I will admit, the first night will be the worst one. I could barely keep my eyes opened before the end of the shift. What made it worse was that I had to take the bus home, and I had to walk a mile to the bus stop lol. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Observe, take notes, and see how the routine goes. It will take some time to get used to but you will. I hope you do well!
  5. oh ok thanks! What about interview questions?
  6. I know there's lots of posts to find on here about interviews, but this is important. I applied for a full time position for a Nurse tech at Pre-Surgery. I have no experience in there but have lots of experience with acute rehab and floating to other floors. I need to know what kind of questions they will ask for a CNA for the OR. It's a new environment, and I have been applying for jobs for months but always get denied. Whatever anyone can give me will help, because I want answers just specifically for the OR. Also, what do cnas do at pre-surgery? What is their job duties?
  7. Good news! After a long week delay since my phone interview, they called and said that they want to interview me for the position. For me, it's going to be easy because the position is at the same place I work at, so mostly I will have a better chance of getting hired. Plus, I've floated before on my floor, so I pretty much know the routines. Just some advice. I haven't taken an interview in three years since my last one. To anyone who has/had experience in float pool, what do you think the questions they might ask me? How should I prepare for the interview, since it's float term? And most of all, how does it really work? How does the scheduling work? Do we pick our own schedules? is there a guantree that I can work most of the time? Anything will help. Thanks.
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    Float Pool, CNA

    I have been trying to find a full time job right now, but really no luck. I have tried places from surgery, to central sterile tech, to even an environmental aide, but still I get denied. What's funny is that I have had 7 years experience working at a hospital, a first time job at a hospital of all places, and I still get denied. I don't understand what the employees are looking for, because I have plenty of experience in the healthcare field. What's funny is that I applied to the places even the hospital where I work at! But after some thinking, I decided to apply for float pool. Why, because I have lots of experience in floating. On my unit before I transitioned to another job, I was floated once every week to another unit. The first time I did that, it was hard, because the unit I worked at was a rehab unit, and it was a WHOLE different experience. In rehab, I only took vitals once every 12 hours and had to round. It was a laid back floor, even if it was busy. And I usually had a few patients, but when I floated, I had about 15 patients, and I had to take vitals every four hours, which was hard. I hated floating when I first started, but in time, I got in the routine of it, and there were times where I wanted to float instead of being on my unit. Especially days on weekend, because I had to get almost all of my patients ready for weekend therapy, and it was pretty bad. That's one of the reasons why I will NOT work as a day cna anymore. For a while, I have been debating whether to apply for night shift again because of float pool. And today, I decided to apply, because I think floating is the best thing for me right now. Having to go through it already many times, I have lots of experience floating days and nights, and I think it's better for me to experience different things. Even going to another department in my unit, I just feel that I'm not going anywhere anymore. I feel like I have been taken advantage of by my supervisor, because I have worked so hard and it doesn't seem to matter to her. She always feels like I have to do something and orders me around, and not in a nice way. She can be nice if she HAS to, but otherwise I don't want to work for her anymore. I feel like being on both sides of the unit isn't enough for me anymore, and my heart's not into it. For floating, I know there's risks of being on the floor all by myself, as I have experienced it many times. Yes, I do feel bad that I can't give the best of care, but now I understand I must do what I can. If something wrong happens, I did what I could, and they can't take the blame on me. If it's fully staffed, then that's another story. Plus, there's risk that they will give me the crappy assignments, but hey, who said any work was going to be easy? I know that the hours may not be available, but for now that's not an issue, until something happens. But I know for a fact that they need people right now. The big plus side for me,is that I am already there working at the hospital, so there's a greater chance that I will get the position, and I already know most of the hospital. Another factor is that I don't have to answer to anyone but the hospital. Honestly, I am a person who wants to work and go home, and I don't like all the group stuff, like taking pictures, hanging out with staff in and out of work, gossip, and the drama/politics. I like to talk to co workers, but most of the time most of them just talk a lot and I don't like engaging with that. I just want to do my work, and go home. I do hear that I can make my own schedule, and that will come in handy for me, because I do plan on taking a trip some where and with my current job, I don't think that's possible. The pay is a lot better too, so as I hear. I really need a higher paying job again as I got a car, and I want to get some kind of affordable health insurance. I know they may not provide benefits, but if I can get something, then that's something for me. Sitting, the best thing about floating. Watching a patient for 12 hours is something I like to do. One on one care for me is easier, as I only have to focus on the one patient. I know I may be pulled over to other units, but I feel like I like to work at different places. I feel this is the right move for me, because of my experiences in the past. And I do feel confident about it. I know there will be hard days but at some point we have to grow up. If any cna has been in float pool, can you tell me your experiences?
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    No longer in my heart/Going back

    Males not being apprenticed enough in healthcare. I am one of the only males who works at the unit and who works harder than an average CNA. I don't know much about males not being praised, but me in general whatever I do doesn't really matter to anyone. And I can understand that, being the fact that we all have different jobs to do and that we don't have time to think about that. It does get annoying sometimes when females who can barely lift a 35 pound weight have to ask me for help all the time, and they are mostly therapists or nurses. But I still do it because they are at greater risk of breaking their bones. They get paid more than me, and I do all the grunt work and it doesn't matter at all. Hopefully soon I find a better job and a better unit.
  11. NTechTruth

    Patient Ratio 1:8 and no tech!

    That's how it is. I am a CNA and I can tell you things like this is growing in healthcare. Just do what you can. If people don't want to listen and make changes, do what you can until you had enough and find a different job.
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    No longer in my heart/Going back

    "Where do you see yourself in five years?" That's what my boss told me during an job interview for a CNA position in 2012. It was my first job, my first real job at a hospital, in a rehab unit. This was my first post-https://allnurses.com/cna-ma-nursing/the-truth-of-856685.html I laugh at it now because I was arrogant and stupid. Past two years there working days and nights, I left because I wanted to go back to school, and I didn't like it. So I left in 2014. School didn't work out, so I had no choice but to go back to the floor. The boss asked me at the time if I wanted to really be there. Honestly, now I can say that I wanted to try somewhere else different, but sometimes in life, you have no choice but to do what you have to do. So, I went back in 2015, night shift, same thing, and after a few months, I wanted to try something different. During the day time, There was Therapy, and there was a job I wanted to try out, Therapy Aide. I asked my boss about it and she said she had no positions at first, so then I asked her if I could work there one day a week, on Fridays, and she let me. It was a good job. The hours were good, and I got paid from my cna salary, which was a blessing. I got extra money just to work on Fridays. A year goes by, and I wait for a position and I finally got it. I wanted full time, but someone else needed it because of the benefits, and I couldn't say no to that. There was some time to wait, but I got the job. I even talked about it on here about leaving on one of my posts. At the time, I wanted to try the job. I was thinking about a career in therapy, but inside, that wasn't the case. That was like a cover story, in all honesty, because I wanted to leave the other job and go to school. It had nothing to do with being a Therapist. First year, it wasn't bad. Sure, the money didn't pay well but I thought the job was "due-able." Sometimes my boss would ask how the job was, and I would say it was great. That was not true. It was good, because that's how I felt about it. I wasn't jumping up and down for joy, it was just another job. I had good days, and I had bad days. Overall, it was just good. Now it's been over two years. Same thing, hours, money, boss, etc. I don't feel Rehab is in my heart anymore. The unit I have been in almost 5 years, I don't want to be there anymore. I have been thinking about it the day when the boss scolded at me and a coworker for doing something wrong. In fact, she scolds a lot. Since the time I started being a Therapy aide, the number one thing that I had to and still have to deal with is not enough hours. Usually I would work 6 or 7 hours, and would have to leave early because my boss said so. Or, if the ratio is low, I would have to leave at 12, 1, or 2. In rare cases, I would have to leave at 11, or 11:30. The times my coworker wants a day off, I usually take her space, and would work a whole day, but that really didn't make a difference. She would get paid more than me. I would do more since the coworker can't do much. I tried looking for another job, but it just didn't work out for me. And I didn't want to work two jobs. When it got to the point where I needed more hours, I had an idea. One time I asked the boss if I could work on another therapy unit at the hospital, because I wasn't making a lot of money and needed more hours. My coworker worked there for a year because she had to leave for family issues. They let her work there at the unit, so I figured I'd give it a shot. So, my boss calls the other boss, not in her office but out of the open on the unit for everyone to hear. When she hung up, she said they couldn't do it because of their "budget". Since I am PRN, I get paid less, and I was ok with it before, until I turned 26, and realized how badly I have been treated on the unit. Not just as a Therapy Aide, but a CNA as well. Since I am a male, I work really hard, and I do go over and above, but it doesn't mean much to anyone, as I seen. Yeah, i get thank yous, a few recongtions, and I even got a candy bar. I work too hard for too little. In nursing, I went over and above, and it meant little to anyone. Other people got praises while I got nothing. Patients who give out praises did not give me anything, despise me working so hard and giving them the best care. I feel that most people don't care if you work hard, and that's a problem. I've been told a few times in nursing and therapy that I should get a raise, since I do a great job, but I don't. All I get is barked orders from my bosses, even stupid orders, and orders where they over react. I just nod my head and do it. I don't expect to get praised much in health care, since I am a male. On my unit, I do too much and still do, and it doesn't mean anything. But to those who do something, they get praised for sometimes the same thing that I do. I am a person who doesn't like to say no. I feel at this point, Rehab is all about numbers, and not the real purpose. They just about bring in anyone, and they don't seem to care if they are patients who shouldn't be there, patients who doesn't want to do therapy, or patients who can't move and always have to use a device to get out of bed, and never take a step. I do question why they are there so many times, but it doesn't matter. Because those patients don't get the help they need, and they are just taking their money and wasting their time. I feel I wasted enough time there, and it's time for me to go. I did make that choice leaving nursing, and I paid for it. I don't regret it, but now I feel it's time to go and move on. I used to show up early to set up, but not anymore. Now I clock in, and eat breakfast for a few minutes before going there. And I have never done that. I do plan on going back to being a cna, because right now, I have no choice. I am getting a car soon, and I have no health insurance. I am holding on by the grace of God that I don't get seriously injured until then. Oh, and I don't plan on going back to being a cna on the unit. Even their pay is bad, and they honestly don't pay me enough anymore. I am looking to go into float pool, because I have lots of experience in it, and they pay well too. I usually don't think about the money, but at the end of the day, it's about the money. At first, I didn't know I was being cheated on working 8 dollars an hour. When I did come back, I got paid 13 an hour, but I feel that's not enough for me. I feel I am too much of a hard worker who gives everything to take care of the patient. Even heading on 33 patients, or a whole unit without breaking down, that's giving 100% percent. I used to complain about cooperates in the past, supervisors, managers, and even the ceos. But at the end of the day, no one gives a ****. It's all about budgets and bonuses. It's all about buying ****** equipment and not buying new ones for the unit. It's about taking money from the budget and spending it on themselves instead of doing what's right. It's about them looking out for themselves instead of what's important. It's about talking about changes and buy expensive things to make town halls and meetings flashy, but missing the point altogether. I don't care anymore. If I do go back, and if things are the same, which it is, I will do what I can and go home. I will be like one of those workers who will look out for myself and the patients. If I do a good job, great. If not, great. I did what I could, I go home, and I still get paid. It's about money, right? I didn't used to think so, but now it is. If I don't get things done, or if I fall behind, I will just sing a happy tune in my head and deal with it. I can't cry over every little thing. Most people get used to it now. If I get a whole floor, I will do what I can. I won't complain, and if people complain to me, I will just shrug and move past it. I am a human, and not perfect. At the end of the day, we have to survive and do things we don't want to do. Throughout the past 5 years, I feel I did grow up a lot. I guess this is what being an adult is. I don't know what to do with my life. Being a CNA is all I have and know at this point. I don't have an interest in nursing, but I have enough experience in the field. At this point for now, I have no choice but to continue it. As for school, I am not a smart person, and I have trouble with doing lots of classes. School at this point is on hold. There's my answer. This is where I am now.
  13. Thanks for the kind words. I didn't mean to put it like that. I just thought being a cna was part of the nursing field. I guess not. And no, I don't see myself being a nurse. There's too much to know and I don't feel knowing all that knowledge is a good thing for me. I am just a hard worker, no matter what area of field I work.
  14. I said I wanted to be a nurse, but now I decide not to, after being in the nursing field/being a cna for a long time. Sorry for the confusion. lol
  15. I know. To most people, it sounds crazy. Some people may be thinking, why would you leave a job that pays well? Why would you lower your standards? Believe me, I did put those points into consideration. I knew I wouldn't be making a lot of money. My boss even let me know. And when she asked me again if I wanted to stay at nights, I hesitated. This is when doubt starts to come in. Being a CNA at nights, I do make a lot of money, and honestly, I really do the job well. In fact, I get almost nothing but praises and respect from my fellow co workers. That right there is a blessing. But, I really had to take a deep look inside, and ask myself these questions. Do I really like what I am doing? Do I love nursing? Is it worth it, just to make a lot of money? I do like helping people. I feel that's what I'm called to do. I did have experiences in both fields. I did spend enough time to analyze what I had to do to in both fields. In case and point, Therapy aides really don't make enough money. Only eight hours a day, and sometimes the pay varies. CNAs make a lot of more money, one because the are certified, an most places do pay a good or more amount of money. Shifts are mostly 12 hours, day and night. Then I ask myself more questions. Are you happy making a lot of money, and most importantly, are you happy with what you are doing? Do you believe in what you're doing is right? Do you believe this is making a positive influence? Do you believe in the job overall? These are the answers. It is good to make a lot of money, so yes I do believe that. But, what I do most of the time really doesn't make he happy, unless I have a good shift. I do believe that helping people is the right thing to do, but there's always better ways to help, without dealing with the politics and stress. Like I said before, I have a major positive influence on my unit, because I believe that having healthy relationships with your co workers is right. In my job overall, I don't believe in the purpose. I don't believe in the mission anymore. I'm seeing a big decline in nursing. Most of the time, it's either drama, more drama, greed, or politics. Then there's constant rule changes everyday, pointless huddles, pointless staff meetings, etc. What I'm also seeing is an increase in lazy people who don't want to do their jobs anymore. Most people are old, or older. They have been there for many years, and some feel that it's time to work less and still get paid more money. And you know the funny thing, they don't get in trouble. Even people who speak out to the bosses and tell them, they just brush it off. Can you take a guess why? Either they need more and more staff for money, or they have close relationships with that person. (Favoritism) Another thing that I've talked about before, staffing. I won't get too much into it, but having too many patients to yourself and cooperates to management ignoring the issues is just unacceptable to me. Especially with the big increase in heavy patient load, you try to do much as you can, but you can only do what you can, and that's something I can't do. It's not right. Another thing, favoritism. I also talked about this. Just the other night, one nurse basically scolded another cna, because she didn't like working with her. She, and most people basically want me. There's no trust anymore. Most people in nursing is divided. I don't see people actually working together anymore, unless they want to. They don't trust each other. How can we give great care to patients when we can't even work together? For therapy, it's a different environment. I help the therapist give therapy to patients, make sure the area is clean, stock up on items, filing paper work, scheduling, and that's basically it. Sometimes it does get busy though, and there are some people who are hard to work with. But that's with any job. The hours are better too. From 8-4, and it would definitely help with school when I go back. Yes, there will still be weekends, and I may have to work straight days, but I honestly miss the day night routine, and sometimes I hate having to stay up all night just to condition myself. My goal is to still help people, and I do have an interest in therapy. It may not be as I want if I decide to change paths, but I know one thing for certain. I can't be a part of nursing anymore. I've worked both days and nights, and I know that i don't see myself as a nurse anymore. I wanted to be at first, but in time, I lost interest. It's all about favoritism, laziness, and most of all, cooperate and management greed. It's a lot of pressure to make sure that you give the patient the right care, with bosses breathing down our necks. Plus, with surveys coming up, they expect high scores, or else there will be more pointless meetings discussing the same problems. I know all jobs have their ups and downs. But If you love what you do, then you can fight through it. I enjoy helping people, and If I decide not to choose therapy, it is what it is. There's more than one career in the health field to help people. And now, My interests have now gone to therapy. And if I have to take a big leap of faith and take the low pay cut, so be it. I can't be in a field where I think that there's so much wrong that it gets to the point that it is just ridiculous. I know I will be criticized, especially because of the pay rate, but it's time to follow my heart and see where it leads me. So, the answer is, yes.
  16. NTechTruth

    To the nurses, a question.

    But i've had nurses that does refuse to help. They just don't want to.