Should you become a nurse if you hated being a NA?

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I know several nurses who were aides before moving on to nursing who said they absoloutly hated it. Myself included, although I'm only in school to be a nurse right now. I hated being an aide with every ounce of my body. Not because the pt's, I loved the patients and loved when I could give them care or simply brush their hair to make them feel better, but because of the way I was treated, the conditions I worked in and the constant feeling of being overwhelmed and no one was EVER around to help, not to mention the job was thankless and the pay was mere crumbs. Anytime you came down the hall to have someone help you lift someone the nurses would scatter like roaches when the lights came on. Oh, and speaking or roaches.......ICK!! I wonder sometimes if being a nurse will be the same as an aide? Does anyone else ever feel this way who was also an aide once or is now? Can anyone shed some light or add anything to this?

Thanks,

Christy

Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 30 years experience. 31,497 Posts

It's a whole different ballgame being a nurse. If you like taking care of patients go for it.

It's also a whole different ballgame in how your treated. Nurses aren't necessarily treated like royalty either. You get it from all sides, your patients, your CNA's, your managers, etc. You can't be overly sensitive, you gotta have tough skin. But being a profressional nurse gives you a lot of options where to work, so you can find an environment that treats you well.

Good luck!

SoulShine75

SoulShine75

801 Posts

It's a whole different ballgame being a nurse. If you like taking care of patients go for it.

It's also a whole different ballgame in how your treated. Nurses aren't necessarily treated like royalty either. You get it from all sides, your patients, your CNA's, your managers, etc. You can't be overly sensitive, you gotta have tough skin. But being a profressional nurse gives you a lot of options where to work, so you can find an environment that treats you well.

Good luck!

THanks for the input. All I know is ...my aide experience left a really bad taste in my mouth. I think the experience is good because it does give you tough skin. I hope I'm never put in a nursing home, it was so incredibly sad.

angelac1978

angelac1978

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to be 100% honest, my experience working as an aide is the major reason I chose to pursue rad tech over nursing. Maybe not the best reason, but I am happy where I am now.

Soulshine, where in KY are you at? I lived in Bowling Green for 8 years until last winter when we moved to TN :crying2: I so miss living in KY!

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Specializes in Telemetry, Oncology, Progressive Care. Has 4 years experience. 351 Posts

First of all I believe being a nurse is totally different than being an aide. Sure, you'll do some aide things from time to time. But I worked in a nursing home and since I only worked every other weekend I went to wherever they needed me. I usually worked the medicare floor and disliked it. Mostly becuase of the people I worked with. But every once in awhile I got to go to the long term floor. It was soooo much better. The CNA's actually liked to help each other out. Plus I could actually get a nurse to help me out if the other CNAs were all busy and they didn't bat an eye. So I think the people you work with make a huge difference. Actually I had several people tell me they loved to work with me because they knew they could count on me to help them out when they needed it.

I have been doing my clinicals in the hospital and the aides are sooo different than in the nursing home. They are very helpful to the nurses, student nurses and other aides. I was just amazed. It is like night and day.

So, I know I kind of went on and on. What I'm trying to say is it makes a big deal where you work and what the other people are like. Since you like helping people out and enjoy your time with patients I say go for it. I bet you'll love it.

Kelly

SoulShine75

SoulShine75

801 Posts

to be 100% honest, my experience working as an aide is the major reason I chose to pursue rad tech over nursing. Maybe not the best reason, but I am happy where I am now.

Soulshine, where in KY are you at? I lived in Bowling Green for 8 years until last winter when we moved to TN :crying2: I so miss living in KY!

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I'm in Owensboro, about 45 min from BG. My husband lived in Bowling Green when we met, he went to Western. Where in TN are you?
angelac1978

angelac1978

438 Posts

We live in Chattanooga now. My husband and I both got our first degrees from Western! How wild! I love going to Owensboro, we would always stop at Moonlite Barbeque on our way over to the casino in Evansville. Talk about yum!

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SoulShine75

SoulShine75

801 Posts

We live in Chattanooga now. My husband and I both got our first degrees from Western! How wild! I love going to Owensboro, we would always stop at Moonlite Barbeque on our way over to the casino in Evansville. Talk about yum!

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Yeah Moonlite is good, actually BBQ sounds so good right now. LOL We are the BBQ capitol of he world you know?? LOL :chuckle Owensboro is an ok town. It's more of a place to raise kids and retire you know? Not a lot of night life happenin here, but it's a good place none the less. There are only a couple of schools in O'boro that offer the RN program. OCC-ADN and our WKU campus which offers the BSN. I'm going to OCC now and may transfer to Western, it all depends on timing and cost etc... I don' know how old you are but my husband is 28 so you may have went to school with him at some point. He was off and on for a while. He works in Evansville now doing his dream job so now it's my turn to go after mine. Hopefully I can swing it....nursing school sounds so tough!
angelac1978

angelac1978

438 Posts

my hubby and I graduated from Western in 2001. We are both 26 and we both majored in Geography (I couldn't find a job so that is why I am going back to school!) Western's main campus BSN program is supposed to be really good. I know 2 women who graduated from it. Don't know about the Owensboro branch. Bowling Green ain't the place to go for night life though. They used to roll the sidewalks up at 9pm! :chuckle

Nursing school is tough, but I really don't think you will have any problems. Working as an aide is really helpful from what I have heard. Good luck!

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flashyrn2be

flashyrn2be

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I am a nursing student and work as a PCT.

I really hate my job when I feel like I have no support. Most of the time I work the floors at my hospital - the nurses do not seem to care one bit about me as long as I make sure their patients are not lying in poop and I get the vital signs and blood sugars done on time. That is kind of OK. I know what my job entitles. I do however appreciate help when possible. When I get on a floor that the PCT's are all working together - it is like magic. Everything falls into place.

In the 7 months I have worked as a PCT, I only had one nurse who would assist me with cleaning up her patient.

All I can say is when a nurse helps me out with her/his patient, I am theirs forever.

I hope when I am an RN I will not feel above giving the basic care that patients need. I do understand they have assessments and meds ect.... but holding somebody up for a few minutes while I clean should not be too much of a chore.

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