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I Hate Being a Cna

Its one of the grosest jobs out there. I love the helping people but I just cant take all the demands any more. Im a nursing assistant big fancy name for someone who does all the work that the nurses dont want to do and get paid a hell of a lot less.  I give people baths and feed them dress them. Thats all fine and dandy. But then theres the gross part I have to change peoples diapers and empty bed side commodes.  And lets not forget that when someone dies I get to give them a bath, bag them and take them to the morgue. Im used to it now. It really doesnt bother me. what bothers me is having 20 patients that i have to take care of. Its just too many. I cant keep up with them.  Then you have the nurses who sit and ***** about having 5 patients. Omg all they do is pass meds. Sometimes I just want to smack them. Then theres those people who talk about you constantly. You know the ******* who say all kinds of nasty untrue bullshit just to have something to talk about. That just burns me. The job is hard enough. I mean its draining. Its hard work and its really sad a lot of times.I mean watching families fall apart when you hae to tell them that there mom or wife is going to die. Its just awful.

rfsfbb rfsfbb 19-21, F 6 Responses Mar 16, 2008

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Jem2787, I felt the same way. And now im typing this from my phone while im on my lunch break. Im a STNA and I f*cking hate it. I work at a miserable, understaffed nursing home making a little over $9 an hour and I break my back on a daily ba<x>se only to get cussed out or even hit. I was planning on becoming an LPN after I worked for a year but I want nothing to do with the medical field. I agree it takes a very special person to do this work. And im beginning to believe im not one of them. I hope they do start paying you all better and I hope for the best.

I am studing to be a cna now and reading this is kind of scaring me , The only reasons why i am doing this is for my family maily to get my mom off my back . I was happy working reatil and you can pretty much make the same money .I love my family but If I tell them I dont want to do this my mom would get mad . I Also dont want to dispoint my family . My mom paid for the couse and it was like 500 I tried other school to be a medical billing and coder but the couse cost a arm and a leg . And Fincial aid does not pay you that much . One of the students in my class says that one of the homes that we might go to they dont train you they expect the cna studients to do everything . Wich I hope is bullshit. But when my dad was in the hospital they did take good care of him . Wich is what I am grateful for . But Im just not into cleaing poop . I know I have to get useto with this job and if I want to have a family one day cause sometimes when I smell poop I thorw up or get sqimish . I hope I get over it .Also what you told me about the body bag thing that freacks me out,

I WISH I was making $15-$25/hr, then I wouldn't mind being a CNA in a crappy nursing home!!! I'm tossed round like a soccer ball and I have people who are SOOO LAZY!! Residents all have call lights, how hard is it to PUSH IT if you have to go to the bathroom!!! Rather than crap your pants!!! And I have one lady who can move under her own power and just wants the royal treatment, so wants to be wheeled five feet into the bathroom. I hate how there are no rights for the CNAs and other healthcare staff, its all about them and we're just their punching bags!!! I totally agree!!!

I hate my job!
but most of all it's CNAs foult-we agree to work that hard.we agree to be trated like trash, we agree to work for 9,10 dollars per hr, and those demanding families,nurses and management expecting you should be happy that u have a job!!let's change it, let them expect what they pay for! you're risking yourback,health for eldery who have too much too time to die- but u have not much time to live(doing this job!).

Oh my gosh! I feel your pain!! I am too a CNA! The work in the nursing home is EXHAUSTING! For one, they know D*** well that 20+ patients are too much for one little CNA to handle. This is promoting patient abuse and neglect. With those many patients, someone is going to get neglected, because at the end of the day, you are only human. Working in nursing homes is the WORST! They are known for abusing their CNA's and even the nurses, which is why their a**es are always short on staff. <br />
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Don't even let me get started on having to wear your body down, tugging and lifting on patients who are like 500+ pounds. Those nursing homes don't even try to put those overweight clients on a healthy diet to get them down to a reasonable size. They don't give a S*** as long as they are getting paid. <br />
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What about the low pay? I believe things will change once CNA's start getting more money. Their morale would go up. Believe me, if a CNA is making at least $18-$20/hr, they are not going to do anything to mess their job up.Most CNA's end up working double shifts and doing overtime just to make a decent wage......I find myself TOTALLY exhausted from working in a nursing home after only working 3 days straight and usually call off by the 4th day!<br />
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Since my mother is a RN (registered nurse), I know that many of those nurses are stressed out as well, which is why they appear to be mean. Most nurses at nursing homes have to chart on 50+ patients and end up having to stay over if their work is not done. This, along with passing meds. make them stress. They are also in constant fear that something will go wrong and their license will be taken away. <br />
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The nursing home I work in is downright Shi**y! Most of the patients are overweight. Then you have a CNA who thinks shes the boss and snitches on you every 5 minutes, but never does her work. There is also a lot of politics involved which makes working in a place like a nursing unbearable. When a working environment is unbearable, the staff turn on each other to feel like they have some type of control. <br />
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Every once in a while you might get a nurse who is understanding and appreciates the work done by a CNA. Sometimes, they might even physically help out once in a while, like my nurse. But, I can deal with the nurses, its the annoying residents and their family and demands. I love my residents, but sometimes you get the ones who can help themselves but are too lazy to. Or, you have the residents who will lie on you just cause their mad or miserable. What about the ones who constantly stay on their call light just to get attention? UGH<br />
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The key to getting out of this hellhole of a job is to go private. Try to advertise your own services on the Internet and in newspapers to retirement homes. You also have the power to set your own wage. I know many CNA's who are makng $15-$25/hr for their services. Many are also paid for mileage by the client if they use their car to take them somewhere.

OMG! I HATE BEING A CAREGIVER .ITSUCKS JUST AS WELL ,WORKING IN OTHER PEOPLES HOMES IS A PAIN IN THE *** EXSPECIALLY IF THEY HAVE KIDS OMG! THEY JUST GET ON MY DAM NERVES.THE COMPANY I WORK FOR DONT PAY MILEAGE THEY WONT CERTIFY US IF DID THE PAY WOULD GO UP,I JUST HATE THIS JOB IT FY=UCKING SUCKS!!!AND THE CLIENT LIES ON YOU WHEN THEY GET MAD AT YOU OVER STUPID *** **** AND THE OFFICE MANAGERS BELIVE EVERY WORD THEY SAY .AFTER THAT I WALK IN NOT SPEAKING,NOT TALKING, UNLESSIT CONCERNS THE JOB. I HATE TO BE MEAN TO THE ELDERLY BUT THEY ARE NOT AS SWEET *** THEY CLAIM TO BE.

Of course that's how it goes unfortunately. CNAs are looked down upon just like the janitors in the Hospital. They're described as people who wipe butts. I've volunteered at a Hospital and like all say it's true, all the nurse and above are bitchy and easily hated. I hated listening to them talk about their other coworkers behind their back. They do talk a lot of trash to one another. But you can't blame them it's the management's fault for not providing EEO. Yeah it's true in nursing homes the Nurses don't do that much while the CNAs do mostly everything and get paid less. It's also ironic because the CNAs whom worked there the longest basically knows and have the same knowledge as much as the RNs unfortunately but still get paid less.