If you are considering becoming a Nursing Assistant, you should really know what responsibilities come with the job. You have to take care of the patient’s needs, wants, and mental health. It is very important to care for your patients. It is also important to try not to become too attached to them. Especially if you work in a nursing home. A lot of the people you will be taking care of will rely on you for everything.
There are many pros to working as a Nursing Assistant. One of them is that you get to put a smile on some of your patients’ faces. They are usually so grateful that you are there to take care of them. It can be a very fulfilling job if you like taking care of people. Another pro is that you get paid a decent salary without having to go through much school. Most CNA classes last for a few weeks, then you take a state mandated test to become certified. Most nursing homes will even let you work before you have taken the test. That all depends of the place. The last pro I am going to talk about is that there will always be a need for Nursing Assistants. No matter what the economy is like there will always be people that need to be taken care of. Nursing homes and hospitals are always looking for good CNA’s to work for them. In my experience you also get great hours. There is never a shortage of Nursing Assistant jobs.
With any job there will always be cons. There are definitely cons to being CNA. The first one is how much work comes with being a Nursing Assistant. It is a very taxing job physically. The reason for that is most of your patients rely on you to do everything for them. You have to give them baths, take them to the bathroom, change their clothes, feed them at every meal, and for the ones that can’t make it to the restroom you have to change their adult briefs. Some can’t even stand on their own so you have to lift them. If you don’t do it the right way you can hurt yourself and your patient. Another con is you can become emotionally attached to some of your patients and when they pass away it can be really hard. It is hard not to become attached to some of them because you work with them so much. Nursing Assistants spend more time with the patients than anyone else. If you work in a hospital you are less likely to get attached because the patients don’t live at the hospital like the ones in a nursing home. Patients come and go a lot in a hospital, therefore you don’t have the time to become emotionally attached.
I personally love being a CNA and if you love helping others this is the job for you. Something you need to remember is that they are people too and they deserve the best care possible. Think of it this way, would you want one of your family members to be mistreated? I wouldn’t want someone to treat the people I love badly. The old people in the nursing home that you are taking care of deserve your respect. Remember this could be you one day. When I am to the age where I can no longer take care of myself, I hope the people taking care of me are nice and caring. Yes, being a Nursing Assistant can take a lot out of you but it is a very rewarding job.