5 Things You Should Know Before Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant



As with any job you apply for, there are going to be some pros and cons. It can be a very rewarding road to take, but there are some very hard truths to hear. Below you will find a breakdown of the 5 most common pros and cons you will find with the job.

1) The first cons is the bathroom stuff. You will have to deal with all kinds of icky factors with bathroom habits. This includes numbers 1 and 2. I trained for this position once. This factor alone was enough for me to call it quits. As long as you are able to deal with it, I say go for it.

The first pro is you are helping these patients deal with this vulnerability. Going to the bathroom is a vulnerable experience. No one likes to ask for help. You will be helping them out.

2) You will be dealing with vomit a large portion of the time. There is a reason for this. You will be part of the solution to figure out why the vomiting is happening. Think of it as a double-edged sword.

3) You will hopefully be able to make your patients laugh. Some of them will be very upbeat and positive. Many of them will be sullen and negative. This is something you will have to deal with. Being able to brighten someone’s day is a plus. You may not be able to help everyone, but you can help some of them.

4) You will be able to work with everyone on the team. There is a downside to this. You will be bossed around a lot. Many view it as part of the job. This is one of the worst parts of the job. Every member of your team has been where you are now. Now it is your turn. Yoy are the lowest on the totem pole. You will be expected to follow orders too. They will show you the door if you cannot. You have to put your ego on the shelf for this job. Some can. Some cannot. Your ego will take a beating, but it will be worth it.

5) Your salary is going to be at the low end of the scale as well. You will only be making about $26,000 per year on average. You may not be able to order from Starbucks like the rest of the staff, but you will be working your way up. Everyone has to earn their way.

The other good thing about this job is the realistic viewpoint you gain. You have your certification. You can get paid while putting yourself through school and other training. This job serves another purpose. You will get the chance to see if the job is right for you. It was not a good fit for me, but it may be for some of you. This way you will not have to waste 4 plus years in training. This is a big plus. You can walk away if it is not for you.

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