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"Furthering Your Career...
I was surprised at the good starting out rate of pay. I was surprised at how depressing the profession is when dealing with the geriatric population." (Nurse Assistant; 2013)
"Nursing Home Job...
I was surprised to learn how much common sense was needed in being a CNA. The education I received was great, but you don't really get taught how to deal with the emotions, or the family issues some patients have." (CNA; 2013)
"Must Be A Genuinely Kind Person...
I was surprised to find that being a home care CNA results in a lot of down time during the shift. I was surprised to find that working independently on a shift still entails me to work together with my co workers by completing shared tasks." (Private Duty, Home Care; 2013)
"Know Your Patients, Learn Their Needs, And Take Pride In Your Work...
I was surprised to find that patients are not taken care of like they are supposed to be. When reporting to those above you, all you get is maybe 2 or 3 days of results, then back to the old way." (Certified Nurse Tech; 2013)
"It's All Worth It...
I knew nursing would be a rewarding career choice, I just didn't fully know just how rewarding until you see just how much of a positive impact u can make on one life." (Nurse/Dr Assistant; 2013)
"How To Work Together...
I was very surprised about how fast the nurses and doctors work to figure out the main source of the diagnosis. While learning about this, I was able to work more closely with the patients and providing reports to the nurses and doctors so that they can help restore the patient's care back to normal." (Patient Care Tech; 2013)
"Don't Be Afraid To Ask For Help...
When I first started as a nursing assistant it was completely overwhelming. I was not totally prepared to be caring for people - it is completely different from when we were training. As I continued with my job many people from my class quit, but I stuck with it and have come to enjoy my job." (Certified Nursing Assistant; 2013)
"Comfort We Give The Ones We Care For...
I was surprised that being a nurses assistant is very emotionally rewarding and I often think of the people I take care of has family. I was also surprised that being a nurses assistant is vital in a medical facility because we are the eyes and ears for the nurses." (CNA; 2013)
"Achieving And Maintaining CNA Certification...
I work in a nursing facility. What surprised me most was how much I enjoyed working with the elderly. It is extremely fulfilling and purposeful. At the end of the night I felt extremely exhausted because the job is very physical, but at the same time I knew that what I had done had meant a great deal for many of the residents. I truly love my job." (Nurse Assistant; 2013)
"A Rewarding But Demanding Career...
I was surprised to find out just how much I did NOT know once I actually went out onto the floor on my own. The classes prepare you to an extent, but you encounter situations on the floor that they don't tell you about in class... like the family member who is angry and feels guilty that their mother had to be placed in a nursing home and wants to take it all out on you. You cannot learn compassion, empathy, and consideration in classes... it is a quality you MUST possess before you go into this field." (STNA; 2013)
"My job as a CNA never ceases to surprise me. Working as a CNA, I had no idea how much I would learn, and just how far the career could take me." (CNA; 2013)
"I was surprised by how many people I am responsible for in a nursing home. With one other aide I take care of 24 people, and it can get extremely hectic, especially when I have to work short staffed. I was also surprised by how normal everything became once I started doing it. All the residents became like family to me and cleaning them up became second nature and doesn't seem gross at all. Just like changing a babies' diaper is no big deal to a mom, giving showers and changing residents is no big deal to an aide (most of the time)." (CNA; 2013)
"I was surprised how limiting it is." (Nurse Assistant; 2013)
"I was surprised to find that being a CNA requires a lot of work and being able to work with your co-workers. What you learn in the books is not what really goes on at work, I had to learn as I went, each hospital has their own rules and task for the nurses assistant. Working as an assistant means working with more than just patients; you have charting to do, patients to bathe, and anything else that is assigned to you. You have to really love working with patients to handle the job." (Nurse Assistant; 2013)
"I found it extremely interesting that nursing requires more customer service work than one would expect. Also, most of the time the nurses and nursing assistants get to do more of the "doctor" type jobs than the actual doctor does!" (Nursing Assistant; 2012)
"I was surprised how difficult the job was. I thought I would be healing patients but it's way more technical. Learning protocols and procedures for different situations. Proper paperwork and channels to go through for everything is a learning curve." (Nurse Aide; 2012)
Cna: "The best part of my job is that I get a chance to make a difference in somebody's life. Making it possible for them to be comfortable at their own house instead of ending up in an impersonal situation at a hospital or anything like that. You get to be there to comfort family and it is easy to make those people see that there are still people out there that care." (2011)
Nursing Assistant: "The absolute best part of my career is the fact that I get to make a difference in the lives of those I care for. A lot of these people are simply ignored by their families, and we, as the caregivers, are the only family they have. This is what makes it really nice for them, and for us. We get paid, sure. It's a career. But it's also a way of life. The worst part of the job is the constant head-bucking you get from administration. They seem to make the decisions on how we should conduct our care, but have no idea what hands-on care is all about, making it difficult for them to gauge. Our company's slogan is "What Matter's Most..." To us, that means the residents. To administration, it seems more that it means the bottom-line profit. This is the sad state of most medical facilities these days." (2011)
CNA: "Don't settle for a lower job when you feel you deserve better. Do your research, and when you find a job you like, focus in on them and do your best to explain how you can make their company better." (2013)
CNA: "Avoid becoming a nurse aide for the money. You don't make that much and if you don't truly care about the residents you will make a lousy aide. If you truly love taking care of people, this is a great career for you. The first month or so you will build up quite a bit of muscle and be achy, but it gets easier with time." (2013)
Nurse Assistant: "Study more, to get a higher certificate or diploma so you don't regret having a low level job." (2013)
Nurse Assistant: "Tip 1: Make sure you really want to work with patients; and you are willing to take orders from others. Tip 2: You really need the education and work hard at it to remember it. If you don't you won't be pleased with your job." (2013)
CNA: "If you can find a position in a nursing home, take it. Nursing home residents are so much easier to deal with than hospital patients are." (2013)
Certified Nursing Assistant: "The most important thing is to ask for help when you become overwhelmed. Most people in our line of work do this because they enjoy helping others, and this includes other staff that may be having trouble adjusting." (2013)
Nurse/Dr Assistant: "Chose a community college or tech school, so if you ever chose to further your education your credits will count, stay away from technical schools that only offer a diploma and no degree. It can be quit the culture shock getting your self into nursing just remember at the end of the day it's all worth it just to see your patient/client/resident smile." (2013)
Patient Care Tech: "Paying attention to details is really needed in this profession which helps me focus more of what is inside the box rather than thinking outside the box. Also, when nurses and doctors see that you can use your problem solving skills, they rely on you more which can build up your confidence and provide a strong background as to working as a team." (2013)
STNA: "Do not go into this field if you want a job that comes with a lot of praise, tons of appreciation, and pats on the back. You also might want to walk away if you think you are just going to do it for the paycheck. Being a nursing assistant is rewarding in it's own way, but you are doing grunt work for a meager paycheck. If however you want to make a difference to people, do a job that matters, and make people's lives just a little better, this is a good job fit for you!" (2013)
Nurse Assistant: "Being a CNA is a good profession, but I would recommend furthering your career as a nurse, which is what I am doing." (2013)
CNA: "Becoming a nursing assistant is physically and emotionally demanding but it is worth the hard work because of the lasting relationships and comfort we give to the ones we care for." (2013)
Certified Nurse Tech: "You can make a good living at this career. Do you best to follow all the techniques you learn while in school and put them to good use. Work hard and do your best and please have a heart for your patients." (2013)
Nurse Assistant: "Most states require a state test to achieve certification, so its absolutely necessary to learn the material. Being a CNA also means constantly learning new methods and policy to keep your certification." (2013)
Private Duty, Home Care: "You can learn a lot about others in this profession. You must be a hard worker, goal oriented, and above all compassionate to be in this line of work." (2013)
Cna: "If you want a career in healthcare, you should shoot to be an RN or LPN if only because you can make more of a difference and the work of a CNA usually ends up highly underrated. Additionally, it is both a physically and emotionally difficult job. If you still decide to go for a career as a CNA, just make sure to be careful for which company you end up working. Getting the certificate really isn't that much of a problem." (2011)
Nursing Assistant: "The advice I would offer to those who want to pursue a career in the medical field, especially geriatrics, is to know what you're dealing with first! Volunteer at a local nursing home and actually see what you'll be doing for a living. Some people enter this job with the thoughts that it's like what you see on TV, and all you'll be doing is listening to "grandma" talk about yesteryear and placing a sweater over her shoulders... it's not this way. You have combative residents that have severe physical disabilities and have the potential to injure you. Weigh this carefully! Another bit of advice is to not work for a for-profit company. Look for a nice non-profit nursing home. These usually offer better pay and better benefits because they can't show a bottom line of profit at the end of the year. Thirdly, don't pay for your education yourself. Simply apply at nursing homes that offer paid training. This is where you will work on-the-job, and they pay you to do so. Then, they pay for your testing. This is a great deal in this day-and-age!" (2011)