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CNA2RN in Spring Hill, Florida

46 months ago

I don't think so Nina, but I know that they do require a criminal background check to issue the license.

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nieko6065 in Walnut Cove, North Carolina

45 months ago

My base rate is $8.00 an hour, I am a CNA at a nursing home and we all know that there are not enough of us that care about these patients. I have had 21 patients in one shift because of the other CNAs i work with call out when they have a section they don't like. And I also believe we should get paid more than doctors, sure they have to break the news to the patients that they are dieing but who is the person that is by their side, taking care of them, and holding their hand as they go. That's where the real work is.

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KAT in Seminole, Florida

45 months ago

Susie in Avon, Connecticut said: It's a shame...how much we get paid for what we are expected to do...
I don't know about other facilities out there but taking care of 8-10 people and getting them ready for the day within a certain time frame (before lunch)is alot of work...there is alot that goes into completing a full assignment...and doing it correctly! than just getting someone dressed. Alot of reponsibility is expected from a CNA yet we get paid as servants...who do we complain to about this? The president of the United States?

Try working as a CNA in a nursing home with 50 residents to take care of for min wage.Oklahoma is like that.Look at teacher pay,nurse pay.Human care is seen as no better than fast food worker.Society feels we should do this without pay,just to be good people.

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Marie C. in Sacramento, CA in Sacramento, California

44 months ago

Hi All, I'm in a training class now I love my teacher cause she keeps it real for us. I have done a lot of research and found the most this job pays in Sacramento is about $8.00 to $12.00 dollars an hour. And ya it's a lot of dumping urine and feces and giving baths but I want to help seniors but don't get me wrong it would be nice to make more money. So I'm keeping my options open and will try Agencies and private home care don't forget about Assisted Living, there are other avenues c.n.a.s can do. And most of you are right the nurse's do treat you bad and some don't offer any assistance but I believe if you do your job and keep your nose clean you will eventually - hopefully get noticed and advance. More money well I don't know about all that but I'm going to jump in and give it a Try..Good luck to all my brothers and sisters out there we all need it. :)

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skyla in Sorrento, Florida

44 months ago

sweet heart in Tulsa, Oklahoma said: all I can say is damn , I work in a call center & I make 16.75 , currently going to school to get my RN

stay in the call center, I live in Orlando and have had my cna lic for a very long time. Mc Donalds pays more.. and the state charges 50.00 to renew lic everyyear.
in the 80's we made more now maybe 9.00 and 13 pts to care for and the put up with the nurses being upset most of the time so they take it out on the cnas

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sweetmelody in Fort Myers, Florida

42 months ago

I just don't understand? when the agency gets $24.50hr. out of and i get only $10.00 when I'm the one that is busting my chops taking good care of the one that has health issue. there should be someone out there that can voice for all these wonderful people hard worker. and saved them from critters that are making easy money from us. this is no different than hiring someone that is illegal! slavery.

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kat in Seminole, Florida

42 months ago

Think about CEO making millions while the worker bees make min wage.That is why the poor get poorer and the rich get richer.The government gets paid millions from lobbyist.This is not a socialist country so that is what we get.

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Michelle in Kittanning, Pennsylvania

41 months ago

bigrosie in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania said: I have to say I'm pretty appalled at the lack of proper grammar/spelling/punctuation by people on this forum. Just because it's the internet doesn't mean you have to present yourselves as uneducated morons . . . unless of course, that's what you are. Which is probably why you're making slave wages. Learn some proper English and you might make a decent wage someday.

Thank you! Wow!

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Michelle in Kittanning, Pennsylvania

41 months ago

If you are all so unhappy,find a new job!Stop the poor me party!I as a CNA make 15 an Hr.You get paid what your worth.

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kat in Seminole, Florida

41 months ago

Pay has always been low in this field and in most people care related fields.Look at daycare workers and teachers.With the government falling apart it won't be long till the elderly are dumped out into the street and nursing homes closed.So work self pay places or look for another job.This is not a paying job,it is a job we do because we care.

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kathy in Pacoima, California

41 months ago

hi i have been a caregiver for 13yrs..i have obtained my CNA AND CHHA CERTIFICATES AND WILL NOW GO TO SCHOOL FOR M.A..I AM SEEKING A JOB POSITION THAT I MAY VISIT HOMES LIKE FOR HOURLY BASIS..CHECK VITALS AND WOUND CARE...DO I HAVE TO BE A LVN OR RN FOR THIS?...WHAT JOB TITLE IS THIS?..THANK YOU ALL NURSES FOR YOUR PATIENCE..IN ALL WE DO..KATHY..

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kathy in Pacoima, California

41 months ago

thank you for your reply..i do like visits for an hour only..i am looking into this type of home care follow ups..have a great day..i am open to other views and comments..

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Yoagrrty in Cuero, Texas

41 months ago

Go To School...my experience is if you don't like it do something about it, don't complain it's not going to help,You are the only one that can help yourself.

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kat in Minneapolis, Minnesota

41 months ago

sachsenmaier3 in Hatboro, Pennsylvania said: How come CNA's dont get paid enough for all that work that they do. Iam a CNA and experience for 18yrs and I only get pay 13.00 pool,and full time 10per hour and to many patients and other duties to do. I think CNA's should get pay at 18per hour.

Guess what it is getting worse.In some states with a one day med class you get most of the duties of a nurse at CNA pay.You do the med cart,count meds and give them to residents.If you miscount,lose a pill or any other mistake you could lose your license or go to jail.So now you have all the dutys of a CNA,plus of a nurse.Corporations got smart and lobbied their state for this change to save money.In the end there could be a big fallout if a big mistake happens and harm comes to a resident.We had seperate jobs for a reason.Could nurses be on their way out ? Like what massage envy did to the massage business.Cheap massages and low paid workers.What is your opinion on this?Has anyone experienced this yet?

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R U Serious in Greenville, South Carolina

40 months ago

The majority of CNA's are CNA's because they aren't capable of being nurses. If you had a brain, you would continue your education, not stop once you are a CNA. I have never met a CNA that cared about the people they were taking care of. CNA's do as little as possible while at work. If you really cared, you wouldn't leave dirty diapers on people until they develop rashes! Don't complain and say you are watching over 15 patients by yourself. How much time do you stand around doing nothing when you could be checking on them. Time management will make your job easier, and then maybe you would be able to take care of 15 patients without complaining!

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kat in Minneapolis, Minnesota

40 months ago

To the person that thinks CNA's are lazy do nothings: We are always understaffed and need to be two cna's working in unison for every total care 12 residents,15 for residents that can walk.I worked one government paid nursing home that had 1 CNA for 50 residents.People were in dirty depends for 5 hours,because I couldn't get to them.It is greed and corporate owned NH that make them so bad.The federal government doesn't have any regulations to cna ratio.Most states don't either,plus some states the cna's also do the nurses job of pill pushing.

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trish in Miami, Florida

40 months ago

CNAS should take their time and go back to school become nurses go back and work with those same rude nurses and show them that people are people and we can all be the same. Get one back on them and in the mean time move up the pay scale.

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CNA2RN in Spring Hill, Florida

40 months ago

I here that Trish!

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RachelleLaughlin-findmeonfacebook in Tacoma, Washington

39 months ago

saadams07 in Minneapolis, Minnesota said: I have been a Nursing Assistant for 4 years and it all depends where you go. I now make 17.00/ hr. I started out low and made my way to the top.

What company did you go to? I'm a CNA, a Nursing student (RN) and certified in over 500 hours of "continued education" all of which are now certifications in this and that (getting as many things under my belt as I can now) - I'm on facebook if you can help! facebook.com/rachelle.laughlin

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Cassieann in Terry, Mississippi

39 months ago

sachsenmaier3 in Hatboro, Pennsylvania said: How come CNA's dont get paid enough for all that work that they do. Iam a CNA and experience for 18yrs and I only get pay 13.00 pool,and full time 10per hour and to many patients and other duties to do. I think CNA's should get pay at 18per hour.

Wow I only get paid 8.25 a hour

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Cassieann in Terry, Mississippi

39 months ago

frustrated in Lowell, Massachusetts said: Why are some cna's disrespectful and try to make your day miserable when you are a new cna. They don't like it that you were assigned to your floor because you are new, or so it seems. They bark at you all day long. I put up with this all day on my first day, and just stayed pleasant to this person. These older (older-more experienced) cna's are unaproachable, and when I do ask a question, I get barked back at me like I have a nerve to even ask. I'm not doing this for a hobby. I need the job and also thought I would love working with older people. I didn't know the people who you work with could be so disrespectful to people. They are like lightbulbs. They are nice one minute and all smiley the next, ask a question and they turn into a scorpion, next minute a purring kitten. Next minute the same cycle all day long. What will day 2 bring?

That was how they were with me they were so hateful & mean to me to the point I almost walked out

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raachel in Tampa, Florida

38 months ago

what can I when the agency where I was working doesn;t want to pay me??

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Shawn in Indianapolis, Indiana

38 months ago

I am a CNA in a hospital and i started off at 11.51 and thats with being a brand new CNA with n o experience. I work nights so i make an additional 1.25. i actually took a paycut when i took this job but i wanted to do something different. i absolutely love what i do and i especially love the Nurses i work with(very,very helpful). I dont take anymore than about 6 or 7 patients and the nurses do not treat me any different because i am a CNA, i wouldnt let them if they tried. i am starting to regret my decision only because of my pay. I am thinking of going back to my old job but it would definitely only be because of the money.

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LOLOL in Washington, District of Columbia

38 months ago

We start new CNA's at 10.32 but we pay up to 18 depending on what experience and skills you bring to the table.

Just working as a CNA doesn't cut it. You have to have quantifiable skills. Become a restorative aide, get your med tech/QMA/whatever they call it where you are, learn how to do staffing, learn computer skills, get every certificate you can.

We have one CNA that pretty much has all of that and has been a CNA for 3 years and gets 18. We have others that have done nothing but CNA for upwards of 10 that get paid around 13-14...

You have to bring something to the table because frankly, CNA's are a dime a dozen. Even when I was a CNA...

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kat in Minneapolis, Minnesota

38 months ago

What is really sad is a CNA is very important.It isn't about how many degrees you have and how smart you are.We need PEOPLE care.Wipe butts,bath,feed,talk to the elderly,make them smile,but we are still considered unimportant.We don't have time for passing pills,cooking and serving the food,charting for 4 hours a day.Our people care takes up all our time.Now that cheap corporate expecst us to do 4 jobs in the same amount of time,PEOPLE care suffers.We no longer have time to talk to our residents.Corporate says they are just machine parts on a conveyer belt and they don't need to be treated like human beings with slow,gentle,tender care.Our sick and elderly are considered a drain on the government and a profit machine to corporate.Just feed them cheap,small meals.Give them a small bed in a small room with a roommate and that is all they should expect in life.It is time to bring down and make corporations illegal.Respect life.Treat with gentle kindness.Our job is the most important job in the world,HUMAN CARE by humans,not machines.

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darrie in East Orange, New Jersey

38 months ago

sachsenmaier3 in Hatboro, Pennsylvania said: To be realistic is all about money now and days. A person can be gifted and have compasion for the sick but we work hard and we deserve better. working for 18yrs as a cna in long term care, no one realize how hard cna's work for so little and we dont get much respect about what we do for the residents and more.

I feel the same , i feel bad saying this but i feel low doing this job esp at the pay rate!We do so much and have a big responsability. Dont get me wrong those residents and patients need good care and we do just that but we do deserve better and some do do it for the money cause most cnas are from the other countrys they mae it a job and from what i see dont care!!!

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darrie in East Orange, New Jersey

38 months ago

frustrated in Lowell, Massachusetts said: Why are some cna's disrespectful and try to make your day miserable when you are a new cna. They don't like it that you were assigned to your floor because you are new, or so it seems. They bark at you all day long. I put up with this all day on my first day, and just stayed pleasant to this person. These older (older-more experienced) cna's are unaproachable, and when I do ask a question, I get barked back at me like I have a nerve to even ask. I'm not doing this for a hobby. I need the job and also thought I would love working with older people. I didn't know the people who you work with could be so disrespectful to people. They are like lightbulbs. They are nice one minute and all smiley the next, ask a question and they turn into a scorpion, next minute a purring kitten. Next minute the same cycle all day long. What will day 2 bring?

Hang in there! I agree! im still training and havent done it on my own and i do wed and am scared to death for that reasonbut they will need me and i can bar just as loud!!!

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Sammie in Minneapolis, Minnesota

38 months ago

sachsenmaier3 in Hatboro, Pennsylvania said: How come CNA's dont get paid enough for all that work that they do. Iam a CNA and experience for 18yrs and I only get pay 13.00 pool,and full time 10per hour and to many patients and other duties to do. I think CNA's should get pay at 18per hour.

No offense but thats why its important to continue your education no matter what age you are! I'm looking to start a CNA course, i've already had some experience so i know what i am getting into and the pay, thats why i want to further my education, it will be helpful and beneficial in the long run! yes i agree though cna's deserve better but no one is stoping you to climb the latter and make more, if thats what you desire.

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Samantha in Chicago, Illinois

37 months ago

sachsenmaier3 in Hatboro, Pennsylvania said: How come CNA's dont get paid enough for all that work that they do. Iam a CNA and experience for 18yrs and I only get pay 13.00 pool,and full time 10per hour and to many patients and other duties to do. I think CNA's should get pay at 18per hour.

Out of curiosity, what has prevented you from obtaining a higher certificate? (ie. LPN, RN)

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Bethany in Arkadelphia, Arkansas

35 months ago

Here in Missouri we have absolutely wonderful aides very dedicated and caring for our residents. (That really dont care about the pay!Its the team work and satisfaction they get.)Then we have those one or two that are here for the paycheck. Even as small as it is, they are always the ones that always call in, or do the most griping, they never offer to stay over to help the next shift. Never want to try to help to solve problems because then they wouldnt have anything to gripe about. OR how about the CNA's that you spend all the time training and the background check costs about $300 then they just NCNS. So we work short because no one else will come in. The nurses and CMT's pitch in to help. But it puts a strain on every one here NOT just the CNA's. The government cutting all the Medicaid and Medicare will make it worse, too. Thats where our raises come from. Sorry to complain,just got to get it out.

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Heather713 in Rowley, Massachusetts

35 months ago

Do I have to be 18 to take a CNA course in Massachusetts? I'm going to school next year as a freshman for nursing to become an RN but I wanted to take the course so I can work as a CNA this summer. Thanks!

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Bronx10461 in Bronx, New York

35 months ago

Was wondering if anyone know's how a HHA/PCA can work as a independant contractor? What's needed? I am state certified.

Thanks in advance,

Sacha

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kat in Minneapolis, Minnesota

35 months ago

As far as I know all states require you be at least 18.You can get a job as a food server in ast living at 16.

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cnauser49 in Smithfield, North Carolina

35 months ago

I work in home health and i only make 8 an hr. I work 7days a week and at the most i make 200.00 a week. and that's it. I use all the money they pay me to pay for the gas to get to each client. They gas reinburstment is not worth it. I spent the time to go to school to become a cna and have other training experience and to only see 8.00 an hr is like a big slap accross the face. And now that im sick as A dog, i still dont even get a day off. if you ask for time off because your sick, you get to hear, o maybe you need a diet change. well last time i checked, diet changes doesnt always get rid of bronchitis or pnumonia. I'm on the hunt for a better job.

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kat in Minneapolis, Minnesota

35 months ago

When the economy recovers americans will realize this is a underpaid and understaffed job,that people can't live on.Some places are bringing in staff from 3rd world countrys.They live 5 to 10 people in an apt and are happy to make $8 a hour or less.Minoritys and people from other countrys are the new slave labor.Elderly are considered throw away people,just like the poor.The government is cutting the amount they give nursing homes,so staffing and pay will remain in bad shape.I am out of the bizz,not a job I can afford, mentally,physically or money wise.

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shannonlampton@gmail.com in Austin, Texas

35 months ago

I am a Hospice CNA I recently was diagnosed with skin cancer. Is there any help for no insurance health care workers? Desperate in Austin Tx S

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shay in Union, New Jersey

34 months ago

LETS FORM A GROUP AND GET PEOPLE TO LISTEN. LIKE THIS FB PAGE AND LETS GET STARTED.

it's called: cna's need more pay

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kat in Minneapolis, Minnesota

34 months ago

eds32070 in Fairfax, Virginia said: I am certified CNA too for 3 months now but still couldn't find a job.I had one good interview and i'd been told that i have to handle 10 to 12 residents during my shift.,would that be fair for their 11.50 rates given that they said i am a newly graduate.I need all your comments and opinion Thanks

Many places have a cna take care of 30-50 residents for less money.

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Cassieann00 in Terry, Mississippi

34 months ago

I make $8.25 and have from 8-12 residents

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JJ in Perkasie, Pennsylvania

29 months ago

to live is suffer to survive is tosuffer in Springfield Gardens, New York said: i want to become a hha and then pay my way through school to become a nurse but my mom being a head nurse she see how hha and cnas get paid and treated i mean there is some agency thats pay u alot more especially with experience that you have but for 18 yrs and ur gettin paid 13 that makes no sense here in ny youll properly get paid 18 , 19 an hr .. my mom dont want me to be a hha or a cna because the nurses are very lazy and rude and dont want to do anythin but collect a pay check and have the hha and cnas do their jobs but my mother coming from the bottom and dealt with ignorant nurses when she was a lab technician and work her way through school and became a nurse and now a head nurse she put nurses in there places or send them home or have them transfered if they treat the cnas and hhas badly, its ridiculous but im do it and if the nurses treat me badly ill just go work somewhere else because no matter how the job is stressful its how u make it and when u have co workers and managers that make it stressful its hard to keep a smile on your face i work for verizon as a tech i dont get paid much but i dont like my job any more anymore thats why im looking into being a cna or hha and work my way up im not gonan let no ignorant nurse get in my way because they are the one who will get what they deserve and their evil will past oone to their innocent ones .... not sayin anything bad but i see that happen ...

You want to become an RN? Seriously? You cannot spell, punctuate, and have zero command of the English language. I shudder to think what your math and science skills are like! No offense to anyone here, but there is a reason a CNA will always be a low-paying job: there are very little entry requirements to do it. I myself started as a CNA, became an LPN, then RN. It's not easy, either. Why is the pay better? The education required--and try passing the NCLEX.

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John in Farmington, Minnesota

29 months ago

JJ in Perkasie, Pennsylvania said: You want to become an RN? Seriously? You cannot spell, punctuate, and have zero command of the English language. I shudder to think what your math and science skills are like! No offense to anyone here, but there is a reason a CNA will always be a low-paying job: there are very little entry requirements to do it. I myself started as a CNA, became an LPN, then RN. It's not easy, either. Why is the pay better? The education required--and try passing the NCLEX.

I've met nurses that don't have the IQ of an ashtray! lmao Now my wife is a nurse but she is highly intelligent, but you don't need to be smart to go to nursing school. Try getting a degree in meteorology if you think nursing school is tough. I shudder to think that you actually believe nursing school is difficult. Your logic is way off too, contruction workers are not usually bright but it's hard work that not many people can handle, they make decent money. CNA's should make at least 15 dollars an hour and with several years of experience, be able to make over 20. Their job is very demanding and much harder than that of a nurse. Unless you're working in the ED the life of a nurse is not that hard. My wife makes 35 bucks an hour and spends much of her time sitting down.

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kat in Minneapolis, Minnesota

29 months ago

In some states such as minnesota nurses are being replaced by low paid CNA's. They count and pass meds plus do their regular job. So nursing jobs will become few in the future.

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toni james in Benson, North Carolina

27 months ago

R U Serious in Greenville, South Carolina said: The majority of CNA 's are CNA's because they aren't capable of being nurses. If you had a brain, you would continue your education , not stop once you are a CNA. I have never met a CNA that cared about the people they were taking care of. CNA's do as little as possible while at work. If you really cared, you wouldn't leave dirty diapers on people until they develop rashes! Don't complain and say you are watching over 15 patients by yourself. How much time do you stand around doing nothing when you could be checking on them. Time management will make your job easier, and then maybe you would be able to take care of 15 patients without complaining!

To whom this may concern I am a cna home health aid and I an very capable of being a real nurse. I have a 80 yrs old client and I treat her better than her 5 daughter who don't come around until check time of the month. I only make 8.50 and I wouldn't work in a nursing home because I 've seen how my client was abused when she was in a nursing home.And I don't do as little as possible when at work she depends on me like she should depend on her kids. I am her daughter. Well she died 6 momths ago and guess who she left as her beneficiary me so I'm 20,000 dollars richer and you know why because I loved her.

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toni james in Benson, North Carolina

27 months ago

John in Farmington, Minnesota said: I've met nurses that don't have the IQ of an ashtray! lmao Now my wife is a nurse but she is highly intelligent, but you don't need to be smart to go to nursing school. Try getting a degree in meteorology if you think nursing school is tough. I shudder to think that you actually believe nursing school is difficult. Your logic is way off too, contruction workers are not usually bright but it's hard work that not many people can handle, they make decent money. CNA's should make at least 15 dollars an hour and with several years of experience, be able to make over 20. Their job is very demanding and much harder than that of a nurse. Unless you're working in the ED the life of a nurse is not that hard. My wife makes 35 bucks an hour and spends much of her time sitting down.

John I agree with you not saying that your wife is not smart but you don't have to have all A's in nursing school to become one. I know of a LPN and she can't eveing spell or know most of her med ter words. We cna's sorry to say the supervisor who hired her told her she needed to go back to school she was not smart as cna. We cna should make decent money I live in north carolina and work for bayada nurse and they only pay 8.50 but if they send you out on a hospic case you get paid 12.00 now isn't that a shame. Also the state nurse comes and cut my client hours for 6hr/per day to 2.5 per day I can't even get all my work done in that little time. So thank you for understanding how cna feel and congrs to your wife

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Mary in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania

27 months ago

I am a pre-nursing student at 41, currently working as a CNA in home health care. I agree--we bust our asses and get paid little, not to mention no benefits, medical, etc. WE NEED A UNION. Why does the private agency I work for charge clients $225-300/day, and pay me $120 (less after taxes) if I'm "lucky"? I've worked with renal patients where the family doesn't follow the proper diet, families that never visit Mom or Dad (yet are picky about everything you do), been up 3 days and nights with patients voiding and vomiting uncontrollably, it goes on and on. It's ABSURD. Nurses make $25-50/hr, fine, I respect the training and education. But PLEASE, do NOT put CNA's on the level of minimum wage/fast-food drive thru workers (no offense to them). The families are usually way sicker than the patients, FYI--so I suggest taking a Psych 101 or Sociology 101 class to help out.

Tired of being treated like dirt and doing the dirty work the families won't do.

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Miss Lizzie in Somewhere

23 months ago

lisa17 in Spanaway, Washington said: I am attending school to be an RN. In the meantime I just started my first nursing job as a NAR awaiting testing to become a CNA. I get no medical for 1 year, no vacation time and 10.20 an hour. The position will be day's...the busiest shift! CNA work is 99% of the work. We are the one's who care, listen and report. We are the one's who are the backbone of care. So why do we receive so little. Pay should reward you for what you've done. Not punish you for the good you bring!

Amen, Lisa17.

I'd have worked in the nursing homes until I was ready to retire but the pay is horrible, it just wasn't worth it. I do private duty home care now, much better working environment/respect.

Unfortunately the pay still isn't that great. I live from pay check to paycheck on a strict budget. I must save at *least* 100 dollars each pay period to make my yearly tax bills. It's not that hard, but I don't have many expenses, thank God.

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Miss Lizzie in Somewhere

23 months ago

JeepCarrie in Mt Holly, New Jersey said: I have been a CNA previously and just had to re take the program since I let my certification lapse.... what a mistake that was. But I am shocked and pretty sickened by the fact that the pay rate has basically stayed the same after so many years... this is peoples relatives and loved ones we are caring for... and to get paid 10$ hourly to take care of a minimum of 15 residents is outrageous!!!! That is less than 1$ per resident an hour... And the facilities wonder why the heck they can't keep staff and are always short?!?!?! HELLOOOOOO it's called I love what I do and I want to be paid for the hard work that is involved also... it makes it a lot easier to go to work knowing you are being compensated for what you do... not being treated like a moron and paid like crap... the aides know more about the residents than the doctors, nurses, and most the time the families as well!!!

Your post is spot on. I agree with everything you said. Thanks for saying it so well.

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CassieAnn in Jackson, Mississippi

23 months ago

Wow, CNA's in Mississppi start out at 7.25 a hour I would love to
Make $10 a hour

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Rachelle253 in Tacoma, Washington

23 months ago

If you live around Tacoma or Seattle go work for First Choice homecare out of Bellevue WITHOUT your CNA you start out at 10.25 and after you get it you get a 3$ raise and can get extra pay depending on your shift, client, etc.

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kat in Chickasha, Oklahoma

23 months ago

In poor states where things are cheap low pay is expected.In normal states $9-$10 a hour isn't a livable wage.

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