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The Joys of Working as a Certified Nursing Assistant in a Nursing Home

Updated on February 23, 2016
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Kristie has worked in a nursing home for the last 12 years. She has held titles such a director and assistant director of activities.

Being a CNA takes a caring person

Approximatly six years ago I started working as a CNA. As a CNA I work closely with the patients.

I am responsable for the basic care of the patient, which may include, grooming, bathing, oral care, feeding, incontinent care, tioleting, transfering, ambulation, range of motion, activities, or what ever else it may state in there care plan. CNA's spend the most time with the patients as appose to an Lpn or Rn, I never thought it would be the kind of field i would ever work in. But here i am six years later.

I enjoy caring for the elderly. They contain a lot of knowledge and are interesting people. A lot of the elderly at the nursing home have dementia or alzheimers which causes memory loss, impaired judgment, difficulty thinking, faulty reasoning, disorientation of time or place (some often ask where there parent is), neglect there personal care and hallucinations and easily agitated. I am not allowed to mention any of there names on account of HIPPA law. HIPPA requires any health information has to be kept confidental or i could be in big trouble. I have came to realize that as the patents get older its like they become a baby again. On one of the wings at the nursing home alot of the patients carry around baby dolls which really seams to calm them. The patients also believe that these baby dolls are real babys.

Quality of Life

Nobody ever expects to be in a nursing home. And it may also be the hardest decision a family has to make to place there loved one in a nursing home but, there becomes a point in there lives where they can no longer take care of themselves. People have different views of what they may think there quality of life should be or in other words someones life satisfaction. For most people it may be family, friends, or being able to do things for themselves. The patients view on there quality of life may not be the same view that the family has. In the nursing home so many patients loose a lot of there ability to do things for themselves and it can be very frustrating for them when they can no longer do the things they did when they were home, and there choices are often limited. At times I feel so bad for some of the patients. They work there whole life and then the state can take everything they own when they are put into a nursing home. I find it unfair. There are so many young people who are able to work and they collect medicaid for years and most never pay it back. These elderly people are treated so unfairly.

I currently work for the county nursing home in Olean NY, called The Pines. At the time i went to work there the facility had a program that offered the training right there. i was payed minumum wage while taking the course at the facility and after it was completed my wages dowbled. This is no longer that option on account of budget cuts. Anyone wanting to go into the field now has to attend vocational training school.

I would not work for any nursing home that wasn't county payed because the wages are considerably lower. The work is very hard and frustrating at times. CNA's deserve the best pay for the work they do.

I only work part time on account of all the mandatory overtime that the full timers have to do. I don't like the mandatory over time and think it should not exist. It makes the workers very drowsy at times. My best friend works third shift. She was mandated to stay over in the morning, after working all night. When she finally was able to leave work and drive home, she hit another vehicle as she was pulling in her driveway.

My Bff and I

We were dressed up in the 50's for nursing home week for the patients.
We were dressed up in the 50's for nursing home week for the patients.
My best friend kristie and her children.
My best friend kristie and her children.
My BFF and me. I am 10 years older than her, she is 23 and I am 33. We look like kids in this picture dressed up for cinco de mio at work
My BFF and me. I am 10 years older than her, she is 23 and I am 33. We look like kids in this picture dressed up for cinco de mio at work
My bff is not right. Heres a pic of her at work dressed up in the 80's for nursing home week.
My bff is not right. Heres a pic of her at work dressed up in the 80's for nursing home week.

My friends and I have so much fun at the nursing home. We enjoy goofing around and making the patients lauph. After a few years of working as a CNA i went into the activities department where I get too carry out alot of the events. Theres always an event for every holliday. We also take some of the patients out on trips, like out to eat, too the casino, and during the summer we take them to carnivals.

Benifits of being a CNA

Being a CNA is very hard work but there are many benefits. The hours are flexible, a person can work any shift, and part-time or full-time, although the appreciation the patient truly feels for my help is always my greatest benifit.

Birds for the patients

Recently the nursing home purchased some birds for the patients. They love to site and watch them everyday. Pompi is one of my favorite patients. He isn't afraid to tell anyone what he thinks.


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      thecnatraining 6 years ago from Vancouver

      Most cna's do the back-breaking jobs, cleaning up beds, lifting 400 lb patients, etc. most become discouraged with nursing in this capacity and drop out of the nursing field. It is however very rewarding position to help others!

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      Jaden 8 years ago

      Thanks! This is a great article on a day in the life of a CNA- what it really means to be a CNA. I think the fact that you've made it, and are so enthusiastic about your job is an inspiration to all aspiring CNAs out there.

      If only there were more work-study programs for CNAs nowadays, especially with the overwhelming demand in the health care industry for nurse assistants who have completed CNA training and certification. As far as I know, a lot of nursing homes are now offering free CNA classes and training, but not necessarily with pay. Also, community colleges offer this course and some may even have scholarships. So it would be a good idea for people looking for training to call the ones in their areas.

      Nurse assistants who are ready to get certified, may want to check out this CNA Study Guide for the State Exam:">... Study Guide

      Keep up the good work!

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      kmackey32 8 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Wow thanks a lot. As far as Anchor text, how about something like, Working in a Nursing Home, IDK. I know what anchor text is but You prob. know what would be the best so whatever you want to put is ok with me. And thanks again for adding me!

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      November 2009 Nursing Board Exam Result 8 years ago

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      kmackey32 8 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Thank you Cherie.

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      Cherie 8 years ago

      Hello, I'm searching for nursing related blogs like mine and I stumbled your site, nice blog!. I hope you could also include me in your blogroll.

      By the way, you have a very good writing skills here. Keep up the good work.

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      GoGranny 8 years ago from Southeastern PA

      Nicely done young lady! It is nice to see something positive written about nursing homes. ('The Rope' may appreciate this too) I was a nursing assistant for 15 years when I became a single mom with 4 kids and needed to make more money. I went back to school at 33 years old and acquired a master degree in human services. Over those next 18 years I was an activity director, then marketing/ admissions, and am now an assistant administrator! And through all of this I keep my CNA certification because that is how important it is to me. God bless all of the good CNA's out there doing an almost impossible job and loving the residents they care for. Love Ya!

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      The Rope 8 years ago from SE US

      I love working with the elderly! It can be heartbreaking though along with all the rewards. God Bless You! I was downsized recently and decided to go to CNA school, I start soon, I don't know where this career path will take me but it seems like the right choice at this time.

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      yamanote 8 years ago from UK/Spain

      I worked in a retirement home myself, and it can be very rewarding. We could all end up in one so I'd like to think they aren't such bad places!

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      karpouzian 8 years ago from Iowa

      Forwarded to my wife :) She will appreciate this.

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      Gener Geminiano 8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Beauty and brains is indeed a deadly combination... I would be very happy if i'll become one of your fan. Nice hubs keep them coming sweet pea...

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      Paper Moon 8 years ago from In the clouds

      It is a beautiful thing that you do. i am far to sensitive. I could not handle loosing the patients.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      God Bless You for the work you do.  My grandma, aged 93, died last year in a nursing home.  My uncle kept her for several years in his home and swore he would never put her in a nursing home but as her dementia worsened, professional care was best.  I visited her many times there and I grew to love those people who cared for her.  They were sweet and loving souls.  Than you for this fine Hub.