Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Fort Walton Beach:
"More Money."
Please make sure you get paid properly.

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 Pine Bluff:
"Hard."
Pros: The patients and their beautiful personalities.
Cons: The in organization.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Big Stone Gap:
"The psychological stress."
Its a difficult job dealing with family members and a lot of times you work short and have to pick up the slack. The perks are job security as long as you try to maintain a professional manner.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Exeter:
You must have a heart in this professional and love what you do because some of the elderly really depend on you. You are the first person they see in the morning or at night. No matter what you do make sure to listen to everything they have to say because after all we are the ones that care for them on a daily basis.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Geneva:
"Research where you choose to work. Give yourself a tour."
Make sure the place you're considering working is a place you'd want to work. Walk the floors, talk to the aides, talk to the nurses, talk to residents/family. Get a feel for the place, before signing on any dotted line. A quality aide with experience, definitely not a dime a dozen; you can shop your services out, and barring any unions that might be where you're at, negotiate a good starting wage. This is a stressful enough job, as it is. If you're going to work in a bad facility, this hard job just became a daily dread to boot. So, if you're moving to a new place, do your homework. Also, I really wouldn't advise anyone to do this job for more than 5 years without some sort of exit plan or endgame. It's a job, not a career, regardless of those who make it as such, and claim to love it. It will break you, long term. Hunchback of Notre Dame broken. Not to mention, the psychological trauma of getting to know hundreds and hundreds of people, and watching so many of them die. It'stoughwork.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Monmouth:
Pros: I love taking care of people.
Cons: Management priority.