As a CNA in the ED i was often the first staff member in a room to meet EMS if it was not a critical case. After transfering a patient an elderly lethargic man to the stretcher the medic asked me to sign for the patient but his partner realized i was not a nurse yet and he made this really offensive comment to me. He said," oh she just a C.N.A. You know what that stands for right? Cleans nuts and a$$! they had their little laugh. I was mad and also relieved the patient was not with it because it was so unprofessional. Another time I had to attend an inservice for CNAs with the Chief Nursing Officer about reporting skin integrity issues to the nurse. After being spoken to like a kindergartener, she opened up the floor for discussion on any issues and one of the aids asked why nurses got pull pay when they were sent to another floor than their own and CNAs didn't (i was in the ED so i never got pulled). I couldn't believe my ears when she flat out said, " its because you arent as important as the nurse is". Yep she actually said that!