You know you are a CNA when....


I am a DON at a nursing home and I am going to be putting together a power point presentation for my CNA's. I really wanted to start out with something fun to help them realize how much they are appreciated. I was looking for something fun like "you know you are a CNA when..." but I couldn't find anything. Can you help me out?




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Specializes in CNA. Has 5 years experience.

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-You have to remind yourself that any stories involving body fluids or the words "bedpan" and "pureed foods" must be saved for fellow aides and nursing students (you find them perfectly run-of-the-mill but your family and friends turn green the second they start)

-You justify your post-work ice cream feasts by telling yourself that you MUST have worked off a lot of those calories during the mad rush of your shift

-A new admit that needs only 1 assist and is AAOx3 is almost as good as a Christmas present

-You wish that you could remember some of those "therapeutic responses" your nursing textbooks taught you to use with Alzheimer's/dementia patients

-You get so hungry during your shift that some of the food that arrives on the residents' dinner trays begins to look strangely appetizing...

-You know that when a resident leaves for the evening with their family, they WILL come back and want to go to bed 2 minutes before the shift is over

-You stifle a huge urge to laugh when a resident is horribly distraught over the loss of one cheap, ordinary white sock

-You think about how surreal (and potentially wonderful) a "normal" job would be-where you'd never have to wear scrubs or deal with body fluids and EVERYONE would be walking independently and not confused!

-You've had dreams involving bed alarms, call lights, etc.

is is a dream to work in an evironment where patients actually remember who you are.


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You know your a cna when making mental notes of the bathroom habits of the residents is not only second nature, it feels completely natural to have those of 8 residents in your head.


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You know your a cna when while shopping an alarm goes off and you immediatly think of which resident just tried to stand up on their own.

fuzzywuzzy, CNA

1,816 Posts

Specializes in LTC. Has 3 years experience.

You're always aware of how much you drank and it's always in cc's.

cjcsoon2bnp, MSN, RN, NP

8 Articles; 1,156 Posts

Specializes in Emergency Nursing.

You know your a CNA when you look at your dinner plate when your finished and you automatically calculate in your head what your intake was.

You know your a CNA when you pick up a bottle of detergent in a grocery store and you wonder how many different types of pureed food or body fluid stains it will remove from your scrubs.

!Chris :specs:


1,196 Posts

Has 5 years experience.

Hahah. You find yourself mentally characterizing your own bowel movements (or those of your children) by size and character.

Anytime you help someone do something outside of work, you subconsciously want to do it on the count of three.

fuzzywuzzy, CNA

1,816 Posts

Specializes in LTC. Has 3 years experience.

You see people wash their hands in public bathrooms and think, "What was the point in THAT?" because they scrubbed for like 3 seconds and then touched the faucet to turn it off.

People don't understand why prune juice, milk of mag, stool softener brands, suppositories, and disimpaction are in your vocabulary, since you're only in your 20s.

One night I was really sweaty and I thought about putting powder under my breasts until I realized I don't have powder at home!


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Specializes in Geriatrics. Has 8 years experience.

You dream about your residents and violently wake your husband up because you think something's happened to them......

You can tell who had a B.M. by the smell just walking down the hall......

You hear call bells when you are alone at home.....

You have no problem talking about who had a bowel movement and it's consistency on your break.....

The list goes on :)


1,196 Posts

Has 5 years experience.

Haha, and you hear call bells in your SLEEP.

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VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

142 Articles; 9,981 Posts

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 26 years experience.

Your kid falls off the monkey bars, and you immediately start checking ROM before allowing him to stand up.


416 Posts

When someone asks you for help outside of work, you check their wrist to see who they are first.

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