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 Scranton:
"GO BACK TO SCHOOL!"
Take about a year or two to get your feet wet in a high paced facility and then do yourself a favor and go back to school. This isn't something that should be done for many years. It takes a toll on the body, mind and soul. If you don't want to go back to school, I advise you to look into home healthcare or hospice or even personal care.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Los Angeles:
"Love Life."
Know your client from head to toe. Always have a smile for your client. Love your job. Do your Best you've ever done in your life, your client is depending on it. Your client life is in your hands. Imagine you in a reversed roll.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Weirton:
If your not willing to work in a fast work place. This job is not for you.and working short staffed all the time and being mandated for another 8 hours after your first 8 hour shift is over.This job is not for you.Be ready to give your life up.Because the only thing these kind of employers think about is staffing there building and don't care about u or your family.It's a very stressful job mentally and physically...being on your feet for 8 to 16 hours is know fun.And we sure don't get paid what we deserve.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Philadelphia:
"Nothing."
Make sure you are mentally stable and have patience.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Dixon:
"How often the Agency would require too much overtime."
Young persons who have never worked hard in their life are in for a surprise and really need to think hard about the choice they're going to make. Sure sometimes you will have clients where all that is required of you is to sit at bedside and maybe read a book to someone for 2 hours, but that is very rare. Most of the time you will have an 8 hour shift where you have to get a client out of bed who has soiled themselves who is angry you are bothering them. The client has a Doctor appt., you need to drive them to and you have to undress, shower, dress, cook and feed your client. When you return you have lunch to take care of and along list of chores you can barely get done. When you get off work you just want to go home shower and go to bed. Then you wake up think you have the day off and your employer is short handed because someone has called in sick and they desperately need you. If you can't see the bigger picture of why and who you are doing this for then this job is not for.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in McMurray:
"It's nothing like class."
Don't go in thinking you have to do it all by the book. Reality is you can't. You will never get your work done that way.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Gastonia:
TaKeisha care of the patients as if it were your family member.