Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Nursing School Files....

Sometimes people NEED to hear something despite them WANTING to hear something else.

Tako: Here comes Captain Morals... (Leaves room)

Show: Get back in here.

Tako: I've been studying heavy shit all day, If it doesn't involve Titties I'm not interested. I'm going to watch Mediatakeout. (Covers ears) I'm not listeninnnnnnng.

Show: Dick.

Motherfuckas always think I'm hating...In particular, people think I'm always hating on CNA's (Certified Nurses Aids.)

The fact of the matter is, as is often the case when I attempt to educate people on things, my lack of sympathy or political correctness seems to come off as pontificating arrogance...aka it seems like I'm actin fancy. Oh, this nigga too good for CNA's?? No sexy puertorican with the fat ass, Im not...But shut the fuck up and listen while I learn you something.

The only reason I even call out the distinction between CNA's and nurses is because I've found people don't know the difference. It's not because I'm bougie or hate CNA's and love nurses. I actually have found that most nurses I've come across are very arrogant and self important, I'm like "look bitch, you want to be a Doctor? GO to 4 more years of school. For now, shut the fuck up and get me the guy with the Phd."

Particularly in Urban centers, impoverished children see a boatload of CNA's and think, "wow, thats a good job" that's what I should strive for...Or maybe it's "Wow, my big sis is a CNA, I want to be like her." In reality, CNA's are important supplemental players in the healthcare industry, in the same way that the niggas you never heard of riding the bench in the bball game are important to back up the Kobe Bryant's (Doctors), Carmello Anthony's (Nurses)& Chris Bosh's (Lpn's.) When have you ever heard a kid on the basketball team strive to be a bench player. They wanna be like mike, not ummmmm what's his name.

That being said, here's what you need to know to make your educated decision on which path to take.

Fact #1: A CNA is not a nurse. RN's (Nurses) have to obtain a college degree (Bachelors or Associates) from nursing school (2-4 years) and must pass a national exam. LPNs take a one-year training course and must pass a national exam. CNA's obtain certificates simply by completing their training...sort of like a CPR Class. A CNA can be obtained in 3 months, by taking classes 2 nights a week but can be completed in as little as 2 weeks by attending 8-10 hours of class each day. See the difference?

Fact #2: The average salary of a CNA in the United States is $24,980. Their average hourly wage is $12.01. Used Toyota corolla money.

Fact # 3: LPNs earn an average salary of $40,900 per year in the U.S., or $19.66 per hour. Honda Accord Money or Nissan Money. (LPNs working in Connecticut have the highest annual salary of $52,300)

Fact # 4: According to Salary.com, in 2010 the average base salary for a staff registered nurse is $64,307. BMW 3 or 5 Series Money.

Nurses are responsible for observing symptoms, administering treatments and medications, as well as assisting surgeons. An RN also supervises or assigns responsibilities to an LPN aka she's your boss bitch.

LPN's are Licenced rather than "certified", and have more contact with patients. They have studied both clinical practice and theory and as a result have more responsibility than a CNA.

CNA's focus primarily on personal care skills.

Now, from the brief outline presented I'm sure you can see the differences between the 3 classifications of healthcare workers. CNA is often a great foot into the door of the healthcare industry, or a way to figure out if its what you enjoy before actually shelling out the big dollars for nursing school. For others, who dont want the responsibility of a LPN or RN, CNA may be the perfect choice, which is perfectly acceptable.

My beef lies with for profit schools who only show one side of this 3 sided picture. Using the term nurse interchangeably and citing salary and job placement statistics from the "entire healthcare industry" is misleading.

This post, however, is not.

Consider yourself informed, and the next time you look at the brochure for that pricey CNA course just remember, a few thousand dollars in student loans and a few more years of studying later, you can have an actual college degree as well as more opportunity for a salary upgrade.

This could, however, just be a ploy to make sure you all immerse yourself in student loan debt like me. Lol.



TiffanyValentineRay said...

I think that different people value different things.

For example, I place more value on obtaining employment or choosing a career in which I will be fulfilled; where I can make a positive difference && that aligns with my value system && personality over the job/career that will provide the impressive title &&/or impressive salary.

---> different strokes for different folks.

Rock said...

Well in this case all that is a moot point as the 3 jobs are esentially different versions of the same thing, no? Wouldn't you be as fulfilled as an RN as you would be as an LPN unless you're talking valuing more free time with family?

Point is, just cause that's all ur exposed to doesn't mean that's all there is. Once u see the options, choose away.

a_dias34 said...

I agree with Rock. I'm a RN and I think that RNs, CNAs and LPNs do get the same fulfillment in the sense that we help others in need (even though we all clearly have different roles and do it in different ways). But at the end of the day I feel like I probably enjoy it even more because I directly have the ability to save a life (given my education) as opposed to the CNA. There are many things that I do that impact a patient in ways that a Pca could never, and I pride myself in that ability... And no it doesn't make me better than the next person (I.e. Pca) but it's an indescribable feeling knowing that you helped save a life. And that's why I do what I do, not because of the salary! But I must add the salary is a nice addition to doing what I love ;)