How many years should a CNA (certifie...

How many years should a CNA (certified nurse's aide) work before they retire?

Created by SAJ2000 on Jan 9, 2010

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I do care

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#1 Jan 9, 2010
I am a CNA,I have worked as one for over 30 years. Usually being a CNA is a foot in the health care field's door. That said, some aides further their education and become LPN's or RN's. Some CNA's are not cut out for being caregivers,they move on to other options. Some of us are born caregivers.
I am a born caregiver. I really enjoy taking care of people. I know that I will never be a wealthy person doing this work....But, I feel wealthy in a sense of me being able to make a difference in the lives of the residents I care for.
Personally, I will do what I was born to do untill I am no longer able.
I know that it will be impossable for me to do this work,(it's the only job I've done all my life) up to the time of retirement age.
There should be a cap to the years of service that one should put in to being a CNA. This is a physically demanding duty. I know, the older I get,the slower I move, the more pain I feel, the harder it seems to complete tasks.
CNA's should be able to enjoy their retirement years and, not end up a disabled resident in a place that we've worked our entire lives.
I think that all longterm career CNA's, should get something started so that we could retire with full benefits at an earlier age, for sure.
But, I don't know if this is possable.
notfunjustnotfun

United States

#2 Jan 9, 2010
who the hell cares alls you do is wipe peoples asses
KY WELLER

Utica, NY

#3 Jan 9, 2010
notfunjustnotfun wrote:
who the hell cares alls you do is wipe peoples asses
Your'e anasshole,you couldn't handle that job.So what do you do besides your neighbor's dog?
geez

Cicero, NY

#4 Jan 9, 2010
notfunjustnotfun wrote:
who the hell cares alls you do is wipe peoples asses
that's a little rough don't you think?
I do care

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#5 Jan 9, 2010
notfunjustnotfun wrote:
who the hell cares all you do is wipe peoples asses
It could be your mother, father, Grandmother, Grandfather, sister, brother, wife, husband, friend, or you, that I was in care of.
I would not only do the personal chore of...WPA! I would, get you out of bed, toilet you, bathe you, shave your face(if a man),dress you, bring you to breakfast, feed you if you can not do it yourself, bring you to physical therapy, bring you to activities, bring you to the barber or the hair dresser.
Be thankful that you are able to do these things now. At some time in our lives, we will not be able to do these things for ourselves.
I hope that we will have someone with as much compassion as we, ourselves have, to take on the care of us.
notfunjustnotfun

United States

#6 Jan 9, 2010
calm down now KYJELLY calm down now
notfunjustnotfun

United States

#7 Jan 9, 2010
I do care wrote:
<quoted text>
It could be your mother, father, Grandmother, Grandfather, sister, brother, wife, husband, friend, or you, that I was in care of.
I would not only do the personal chore of...WPA! I would, get you out of bed, toilet you, bathe you, shave your face(if a man)or an italian women,dress you, bring you to breakfast, feed you if you can not do it yourself, bring you to physical therapy, bring you to activities, bring you to the barber or the hair dresser.
Be thankful that you are able to do these things now. At some time in our lives, we will not be able to do these things for ourselves.
I hope that we will have someone with as much compassion as we, ourselves have, to take on the care of us.
why did you insult italian women
Scot Lady

Jamesville, NY

#8 Jan 9, 2010
notfunjustnotfun wrote:
who the hell cares alls you do is wipe peoples asses
You are obviously just an ignorant, scumbag with the mentality of a shoe-horn. With an asinine comment like that I wish you a future of loneliness, filth and festering, maggot filled wounds. I am not a CNA but I have the utmost respect for them, you douchebag!
cna sister

Jamesville, NY

#10 Jan 9, 2010
i totally understand what you are talking about but if you worked in nyc in there hospitals they sometimes notice if your not doing to well because you've been doing the work so long they will put you out on disability...but here with the pay they give wow i would hate to see what your disability check would look like ..i know its not all about the pay but it does take it's toll on your body and if you work for peanuts thats what you'll be living with later..have a friend that is extremely ill and messed up her nerves in her arm due to the lifting and pulling ..luckily she worked in nyc most of her life so her situation turned out ok..but something needs to be done as far as salaries there a joke out here.. i love being a cna but in hospital settings...but i truly understand what your saying...
KY WELLER

Utica, NY

#11 Jan 10, 2010
notfunjustnotfun wrote:
calm down now KYJELLY calm down now
So what are you... Wait,let me guess.....CEO...pro athlete... No, probably just...
I do care

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#12 Jan 13, 2010
Does anyone know how to get started on this idea that I've had, to have CNA's that have made working as a CNA their life long career.
My idea is that there should be a cap on how many years a CNA works,(like police officers work 20 years) then, retires with full benefits.
If anybody knows what it takes to be a CNA, you'll know that it is physically demanding.
Not only does it matter how many years one puts into doing this kind of work but, at what age does one end their career?
i do

New York, NY

#13 Jan 13, 2010
get a union if you want a pension
I do care

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#14 Jan 15, 2010
LOL....If I worked as a CNA for 55 years, I would be 77 years old, either that, dead, or a stroke patient. Which ever one comes first.
SAJ2000

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#16 Jan 19, 2010
please keep voting.
Thank you.
sLife4Me

AOL

#17 Jan 23, 2010
ur welcome
BedPanAlley

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#18 Jan 23, 2010
Good post and poll.
Bosnien

Dallas, TX

#19 Jan 24, 2010
Be lucky you have a job. In other countries, like across Europe, family takes care of elders, no nursing homes.
BedPanAlley

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#20 Jan 24, 2010
Dear Bosnian,
It was the same here in the United States before nursing homes were established.
Daughters can no longer stay at home to care for their elderly parents and relatives,it's no longer economically possible.
BedPanAlley

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#21 Jan 24, 2010
I thought that this was an interesting read....

by Jonathan Rosenfeld
Why Would Anyone Want To Work In A Nursing Home?
There is a general assumption that the more you work you put into your career, the more opportunities you will have for advancement. That is, unless you are certified nursing assistant (CNA) at a nursing home. A new study published in The Gerontologist paints a relatively bleak work future for CNA's working in nursing homes today.

The National Nursing Assistant Survey sampled 3,017 CNA's working in nursing homes. CNA's were surveyed in: recruitment, education, training and licensure, job history, family life, management and supervision, client relations, organizational commitment, job satisfaction, workplace environment and work related injuries.

The survey outcomes leave me wondering--'why would anyone want to be a CNA in a nursing home?' Among the survey results:

One in three CNA's receives some form of public assistance
Over 50% of the CNA's suffered at least one work-place injury over the course of the last year
Work-related injuries required 25% of the nursing to take time off from work
42% of the CNA's not participating in their employers sponsored insurance plan due to the fact they could not afford to participate
Experience means nothing--- well almost-- in terms of pay, CNA's with 10 year or more job experience earn just $2.00 more per hour than their counterparts with just began working in the industry
My guess is that the inherent 'problems' with the job force urgently needed CNA's into more lucrative areas. More experienced CNA's will undoubtedly leave their current positions until the industry chooses to put a premium on improving working conditions for this under-paid, and injury-prone group. Consequently, too few highly-skilled CNA's will remain to care for the growing nursing home population.

At the end of the day, who can blame them?
CNAunite

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#22 Jan 29, 2010
Where are all the certified nurse aides out there?
If you are one...please vote. if you know someone who is doing this work...please, direct them to this forum. They might have some good ideas or information.

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