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Certified Nurse Assistant
CNA's do all the heavy physical work and receive the least in compensation. CNA's are the number one occupation for personal injury, more than construction workers. However, in construction the pay scale reflects the effort. I would NEVER recommend to anyone a career as a CNA. There is tremendous disrespect from all the other types of healthcare personnel, from nurses to administration. I worked on a cardiac unit for 7 years as a CNA. By far, the toughest job I ever had and the lowest pay I ever received. I made more money in less time as a waitress! What's really sad is nursing has always been a woman's occupation, underpaid and overworked. To be treated as "less than" by other women is even sadder.
Getting What You Are Worth
I have been in the healthcare field on and off since I was 15, (am now 39 with a disabled child). I definately am not getting what I am worth and never will, who does? However, in this day and age when you calculate what you are getting in terms of rate of pay consider the following, first health and wellfare: Is the company paying for your individual health care with low contribution from you? Secondly, if traveling what is the mileage rate and how many miles do you expect to travel each week? In addition is there cell phone reimbursement, shift differential and sick pay and holiday pay. Cummulatively add this up subtract actual cost and you will see what you really make. I happen to have been doing exceptionally well within this field. Also consider flexible scheduling between office and patient and the time I need to dedicate to my child when necessary. I am happy in what I do.
I feel that certified nursing assistants should get paid at least $12.00 an hour for the simple fact that we work the hardest and are exposed to all of the diseases that the patients have, yeahI understand nurses pass medicine but we have to help them when patients are out of hand. We have reposition them every 2 hours give all patients bed baths and dress them if they are on the get up list etc.
Low pay for big job
Our jobs as a CNA are very important to the pateints/residents also to all nurses who appreciate us. I have many certificates through out my life and I am only 28. You would think I would have gone further. My plans for the future, RN. I am stuck working at the lowest paying hospital in this area, literly speaking, I have many years experience and get paid less than $9 an hour CRAZY. That is life! No one to blame but your self. There are schools out there and anyone can do it. I have 6 kids and a loving husband we support each other. Our goal to finish school with in the next 5 years, so we don't feel like a nobody in life when really we are the most important person in nursing. GOOD LUCK to all.
Pros & Cons
I have been a CNA for 6 years now. I have had some jobs that pay extremely well and then I've had some thatpaid terribly bad. I love being a CNA. I have a passion for what I do. I enjoy helping people and the personal gratitude I get from performing to the best of my ability. This is the blessing you get from being a CNA, and the relationships you get to build. On the other hand being a CNA can get stressful and burn you out. I think that this is what a lot of healthcare facilities tend to ignore. While the residents we take care of, have rights, the employees have rights too. And while facilities go over and beyond to protect the residents rights, I think mine as a caregiver should be protected too. I don't deserve to be cursed or verbally abused while I am doing things for you that you can't do for yourself. I deserve to be treated with respect. And while job duties are supposed to be everyones responsibility all the real work ends up falling on the aides. Not only is all this distrubing, I also find it CRAZY that someone who is just checking medicines and pushing a cart is making double of what I make. There are real nurses out there who do assist their aides but there are very few, and aides often go unappreciated. Recognition of the work you do often goes unnoticed, by anyone other than the other CNAs and some good nurses. You could be the talk of the residents town for going over and above, but you will go un-noticed.So while I genuinely like helping my seniors and treating them with love and respect, THE WORK CONDITIONS & ENVIRONMENT SUCK!!!!!
It's not that bad
It seems like everyones advice is negative. I work in michigan supposidly the worst state to live in work in with the economy the way it is right now. I make a little over 12$/hr and have medical and dental insurance. I think going back to school was the best thing I could have done. Yes I had to start at minimum wage for the first 2weeks but after that I got hired on full time. I just kept my previous job and worked both until I was sure I was going to have a full time job. Trust me its worth it, especially in this economy
Why go to school when I can just work as a P. A.
Right now, I work in home health care. I have been working in this field for over 7 years. I have been with the state for 4. I have recieved 2 raises, 1 when I started and 1 last year. There is a union out there for personal assistants. You don't have to have any experience to be a personal assistant. They have health, dental, vision, the works. They are even set with annual pay raises each year. In fact, this year, they will be making 10.45 an hour. Next year, over 11 dollars an hour. I have asked about the benefits for CNA's, I have asked about raises. I get shot down about the benefits, and told, the case manager is the one who decides if the client has enough money for a CNA wage. Why did I go to school to get certified? Why do I work overtime, hundreds of hours, in the four years I worked, and not get paid? Why will a personal assistant, walking in off the street, with no experience, be getting paid more than me in a year? What is wrong with the state of illinois? It is a problem when the care giver can't get taken care of because he or she doesn't have any money to provide there own benifits. It's weird. But, I feel with out a degree, I can't make anymore money than a CNA. Because I am a girl, don't want to answer telephones, or work in a factory. I am a CNA. And to the best of my ability I do my job, well. I think we should get paid, and benifits, we work with the sick, there fore we will get sick, We need to recover, and get back to the sick, as a healthy, worry-free, and unstressed person. We are the grunt force of the health care system. We should be treated with respect and fairly.
My advice would be to NOT settle for the first wage offered you. EVERY employer I've had for the last 3 years has offered me the lowest wage possible. I actually worked for minimum wage for 3 months (as a CNA) until I found a better job. Most recently I was offered 60 cents more than minimum wage. After 3 years experience that's a real kick in the gut. This is hard work. I am done settling for the first wage offered me. I WILL not remain a CNA because unless I work for a hospital, I can't seem to find a living-wage position. I'm going to change professions but while here I will NOT settle for minimum wage!
CNA are under paid
No I dont believe that I am being paid fairly because I have been a CNA for 7 years and doing this work for about 9 years. I think I should be paid at least 10.50+ .50 for every year that I have been a CNA.
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