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I need a pep talk...

Ok so I am trying to write a post about my experience in the LTC facility where I'm taking my CNA class without it coming off negative and so far I'm not having any luck.  So, maybe I should just write what I see.

First - First shift starts REALLY early!! I had to get up at 5:15 to get there by 6:45, man that's early.  And yes I know that's what time nursing shifts start, I'm just mentioning it. 

Second - This job is REALLY hard!!  I mean seriously, it takes a SPECIAL person to be a CNA.

Third - There are some really caring CNA's who are still lacking in giving great care.

Fourth - Long term care is redundant.  Of course that's just my perception.  

Fifth - I don't think I want to work in a LTC facility. 

Sixth - I don't know that I want to work anywhere that has long term patient's, unless of course they're peds.

Seventh - I SERIOUSLY need to lose some weight.  

Eighth - I really hope that there is more to nursing than what I'm seeing from the CNA perspective.

Ninth - I hope this post doesn't sound too negative, it's just my perspective after 2 days, who knows it may change before Monday.


  1. CNA especially in LTC is very hard. Speaking from experience on both sides of the LTC as a Nurse and as a CNA once upon a time... this is NOT all what nursing is!

    I totally do not blame you for not wanting to continue as a CNA or work in LTC :-)

    1. Whew, that does make me feel better, thanks :)

  2. I just wanted to add on 8# : Paperwork.. lots and lost of paperwork and documentation.

  3. Oh I hear you girl! I couldn't work in an LTC facility. It is very redundant. And there is definitely more to nursing than what you see on the CNA side of it! Have a little faith because it gets better!

    1. Thanks Renee. I actually "graduated" today and I have to say I am so thankful that this next semester we only have to go 8 times for our clinical, which is in a LTC facility. I'm looking forward to the 3rd semester where we move into the hospital!

  4. The role of a CNA is tough!! I love CNAs. I'm an RN and couldn't live without them. I filled in as a CNA when all of the hospital had theirs in 1:1s. I was soo tired by the end of the day (not to mention nurses had me passing meds and doing some of their work on top of my CNA assignment). LTC care is super tough. That's why I chose a hospital setting. Hang in there. If you find you don't like it, nursing isn't the be all, end all. It's your life. Enjoy it as much as you can.


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