Comment of the week: The CNA speaks out

You are always going to have classification in ranks, mainly due to the insecurity of that person who wants to make her classification known. I’ve been a CNA/PCT for 13 years and counting, and I have the utmost respect for the RN and the LPN because it does take hard work and dedication to have those careers. I have worked with some nurses and had to remind THEM that they needed to chart or get ready for report, and I would finish the grunt, because they are so into what nursing is all about, the entire aspect.

I do think that I would be good as an RN/LPN, but as a CNA/PCT, I do know my boundaries as to what I can perform and what I can say to the patients. I feel I’ve been training to be a nurse all of my life coming from a family full of RNs, LPNs and paramedics (from my grandmother to my sisters to my father) who left their manuals, nursing notes and textbooks around—all of which I picked up for curious reading when I was younger so I was able to keep up with the dinner/gathering conversation (LOL).

I have an innate passion and love for the profession, and it doesn’t matter what degree I choose to take it to another level (nothing wrong with growing and wanting to do something more). It saddens me—like most of the people who posted here—that there is division when CLEARLY unity is needed to provide patient care that is so desperately needed by sick individuals who come to us needing aid and assistance.

Respect works both ways. A superior attitude from either group only injures the patient, and think about it: How would YOU feel as a healthcare professional if someone were to half-ass on their duties assigned to your loved one because of some drama that’s not really about patient care, but status and some other BS?

By Kim on 10 ways you know you’re an LPN

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6 Responses to Comment of the week: The CNA speaks out

  1. M

    I recently took my first job as a RN after working for about a year as a PCT. The facility I am working for saddens me because there is no cooperation and no teamwork. I have been told not to answer call lights because that the is the CNA’s job, Told that someone has no time to help me because they have to finish paperwork and asked to do paperwork for patients that I haven’t worked with.

    It is very disheartening and I probably will not be working there once I find a full time job.

  2. Lisa A RN

    Lead by example & those who are willing to go the extra mile will follow, those who continue to digress from what it is to give good patient care will disappear quickly. The patients will ultimately benefit from your devotion to what is right & best for the patient. Those who see the patients benefitting will want to become a part of THAT winning team. The others will fade away. EVIL PREVAILS WHERE GOOD MEN DO NOTHING. Don’t give up! That is what THEY want. Be strong, it will pay off for everyone, it just takes time.

  3. Just because nurses are supposed to be higher on the ladder does not mean that they should act like elites when dealing with nurses aide. It is true that to become a RN, one must devote more time, money and effort. A CNA course runs for only a few months and there is less requirements that you need to fulfill. When it comes to the workplace though, I agree that there must be close cooperation between nurses and nursing assistants. Afterall, it is all about the health and welfare of the patient.

    • criss h

      Close cooperation is a must. But sometimes that’s a way of saying, “I want someone to help me do my job.” Sometimes we need help and sometimes we just don’t like to see the RN making decisions left and right while we do all the work! Put it like this. On the educational scale, those who know more do less hands on (generally speaking) because they know more and use their time and experience to apropriate and delegate what would be the best action for the pt. Don’t forget that nurses, especially RNs have loads of documentation to do. This includes care plans, nursing notes, government forms that need to be done on a regular basis or all of us will lose our jobs! The information on those forms creates the basis of healthcare for each individual pt. It spells out what we will be doing, OUR jobs. Just as the doctor makes diagnosis and treatments for pts that the nurses must carry out, NURSES make diagnosis (nursing of course) and treatment plans for CNA/GNA/MAs to carry out. The more you know through education, the more you write (or type). The less education, the more hands on. This is just a generalization. I am an LPN and do more hands on than some CNAs and they think that’s ok. What they don’t know is that by helping them too much, I am way behind on the things my boss will have my head for tomorrow!

  4. JohnA

    At the end of the day everything we do should be for the patients. But in reality being a CNA or an RN we are dealing with each other. And it can be frustrating. Healthcare is a very rewarding job but it is still a job, with all the bad thing that come from any job. The only way to handle it is to be the best CNA or RN for the patients you can be.

  5. freeflower1963

    I am a CNA in Long-Term Care in Colorado Springs. I started my career working in Home Care, telling myself that I would NEVER work in “A place like that!” When I went on my interview for this facility I cried saying “It will be horrible, the smell, the working conditions.” Walking thru the doors of my facility was like a dream. I am very happily working. I have my good days and my bad days. I get really mad at other CNA’s who don’t do their job and take it seriously; ie. taking their time with the patients, spending time with them, they are still people who are very much alive! I have a real passion for what I do, I love all my patients and what I do. I get frustrated, then I get a hug I didn’t expect. I would like to take more education. I would like to improve my CNA skills (Not become an LPN or RN. I don’t like doctors.) I’ve heard about Restorative Aide, which I would like to pursue. I just don’t know where to go or who to talk to.
    Thanks for listening. Ellen