What is it like working as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)?
Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Portland:
"Rewarding Love caring for Senior population."
Pros: Rewarding work, love caring for seniors. Caring coworkers.
Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Wheaton:
"Hard underpaid work with moral rewards."
Pros: Watching the progression of patients as they go through their rehab. Day to day and finally see at their discharge a hope for a complete recovery. Just knowing that I had a part in their recovery helps me to not focus so much on the back breaking work at minimum low pay at the same rate of fast food and retail jobs that do not help the sick and injured.
Cons: The back breaking work at minimum low pay at the same rate of fast food and retail jobs that do not help the sick and injured. Your expected to take on 15 patients with minimum assistance but expected to provide 100% total care despite workload.
Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Whiting:
"Challenging yet rewarding."
Pros: I love the fact that I can go to work every day and enjoy what I do. It's hard to see someone you get attached to pass away, but in the end you know you did the best you could for them. It's rewarding when your resident goes home after months of treatment with a smile on their face because thanks to you, the nurses, and therapy...that person can live alone again.
Cons: Death...it's an everyday struggle not to cry with the family members when a loved one dies. Then there's the issue of not enough staff.
Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Hastings:
"Serve them fast."
Pros: I love being able to make a resident feel good with teeth brushed, their nails clipped, lotion to relieve dry skin, conversation about their families and histories.
Cons: The paperwork, whether on the computer or charted in binders is very time-consuming if done correctly. We are expected to work fast in order to keep on a schedule. As a part time worker I have not achieved the necessary speed or efficiency. I don't like seeing corners cut in terms of resident care in order to keep to a schedule.
Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Gettysburg:
"I love working and helping the residents."
Pros: Talking to the residents making them feel better. Giving them extremely good care. Doing the little extra that needs to be done. Coming back to work when you had a few days off and someone has improved .
Cons: Seeing people die, and suffer specially the younger ones. The ones that come with cancer and suffer.