Hard work!

rosie-the-riveterBefore I entered nursing school I decided it would be best to work in the environment before making the commitment.  I took a six week course and got my certification to become a nurse’s aide.  Being an aide was one of the most eye-opening experiences for me.  Never in my life would I imagine the amount of hard work and labor that goes into performing this job.

My first CNA job was in the ICU at the local hospital.  I immediately took to my job.  I am usually a fast learner, but I really had a passion for working with these patients.  It was very important to provide these patients and their families with quality care.  My duties required a load of eight critical patients in one shift.

My job was to bath, dress, assist with feeding, ambulate, and provide companionship.  In addition, I would provide dressing changes, keep strict counts of intakes and outputs, and stock the rooms.  It was almost next to impossible to get all of these tasks completed in an eight hour shift.  I was exhausted after every shift but still enjoyed participating in patient care.  In addition to the grueling work, the pay was horrible.  It was dumbfounding to realize the amount of pay received for the work put in.  I guess that’s life huh?

Being a student nurse, I realize how important this training was for my advancement in the program.  I am more comfortable than most students performing patient care tasks, so I guess that gives me one leg up!

At many universities, it is mandatory to become a CNA before getting accepted into a nursing program.  I personally think this should be the case at every school.  This type of patient centered training provides a great foundation for the nursing skills taught in the universities.  It prepares the student to utilize communication skills with both patients and staff, and it serves to test the student to see if they are cut out for the job of nursing.  In my opinion, CNA’s have one of the toughest jobs in healthcare.  They are overworked and underpaid.  If you work with someone who is a CNA, tell them how much their hard work and dedication is appreciated.  They will in turn be grateful for the acknowledgment of their fellow peers and feel they are truly helping to make a difference!

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Megan Gilbert

My name is Megan Gilbert. I am a 29-year-old third year nursing student at Purdue University Calumet. I have been married to my wonderful husband Scott for eight years and we have two beautiful boys; Reece and Mason. We currently reside in Northwest Indiana in the town of Schererville, which is about 40 minutes outside of Chicago. I love spending quality time with my family and l also enjoy singing with my local church. In addition, one of my favorite things to do in my down-time is blog and read blogs.

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4 Responses to Hard work!

  1. Sean Dent Scrubs Blogger

    To this day, there was a certain aide on the floor during my first and second semester on the clinical floor that was invaluable to my experience and my growth. She taught me the ropes, the ins and outs, the good and that bad. She also gave me a million and one tips for making my life easier, many of which I still use today and pass on to others.
    We both cried when it was my time to move on. She was wise beyond her years and could run circles around us all.
    I agree. Be sure to thank these wonderful angels.

  2. Kudos Megan! CNA’s are definitely overlooked sometimes. They are nurse’s in training – and the more encouragement and training they get, the better nurse’s they will become. So did you decide to become a CNA because it was mandatory at Purdue – or did you just want to do it on your own to see if you liked nursing? Would you encourage others to do the same, even if it’s not mandatory?

  3. Sarah, I did the CNA program on my own to see if I would like nursing. I would definetly recommend others to do it even if it is not mandatory at their school. CNA’s do a lot of patient care and I think it is important for a nurse to appreciate this. Thanks for reading!!

  4. I’m now a nursing student but have been a CNA since I graduated from High school. I think all nurses should have the experience of a CNA. When i worked as a CNA i met quite a few nurses who had no respect for the work I did as a CNA btu the ones who did either were CNAs once themselves or just learned how hard their job would be without their CNAs.