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What Non-Certified Nursing Assistants Will Never Understand

Working as a Certified Nursing Assistant can be quite stressful, but it can also be very rewarding. For those who do not work in patient care there are a few things that they will never understand.

Weekends do not exist
When you are working as a Certified Nursing Assistant, there is no difference between weekends and weekdays. Most CNAs work several days on and only a few days off. Are weekends are often broken up to accommodate the schedule.  A part of nurse aide life is to work also during the holidays. So while family and friends are celebrating New years eve or Christmas, chances are we are right here, feeling as though it's just another ordinary day.
CNA Continuing Education(CEUs)
Nurse Aide continuing education  or CEUS isn't something we do. We have to be current on issues of new medical techniques, laws, and medical equipment.  Some states that we may work in require that some of the continue education training be in a particular area while other states leave it up to the employer or CNA to decide the topics they cover during their Continuing Education.

Going out vs Sleep
As much as we want to hang out and grab drink with a few friends, Most of would  rather stay on our bed and catch up on sleep. The type of work that is involved is often mentally and physically draining.  Working doubles and often overtime to meet  demands can sometimes drain a Certified Nursing Assistant.  Having days off and vacations are priceless.
CNAs can eat anything after cleaning up.
How can Certified Nursing Assistant eat after cleaning up poop? Most of us, however not all often get immune to the smells.  Its just part of the job for us.

Bathroom breaks provide relief
A bathroom break for a Certified Nursing Assistant can be a few minutes of uninterrupted heaven. We often hold our bladders during hectic shifts and sometimes  for as long as our shift. 

It hurts when we feel undervalued.
People think Nursing Assistant just clean up poop. We have the job to take care of people who are sick, injured, the elderly. We make a difference in the life of someone who just cannot take care of themselves.  A CNA is a process that takes hard work and dedication.  We are a Value to the health care field.  A simple “thank-you” goes a long way. 

CNAs can work outside a Nursing Home
Certified Nursing Assistant not only work in Nursing homes, CNAs can be seen working not only in hospitals but on various healthcare settings such as medical offices, clinics, schools and even correctional institutions.  We are not limited to a single job. We are able to choose the career path we want and excel at it.