3 Thoughts on A question for nurses..what is the average starting pay for nurse ASSISTANTS?
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    Eula
    December 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Honey……..go to nursing school and get payed for your work! I’ve been an RN for 15 years. @ one time worked as an assistant.

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    crazy!!
    December 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    CNA is a good stepping stone to something else, don’t let everyone talk you out of it. Go for the CNA, and work a while to see what else interests you in healthcare then continue your education. I work as a CNA in Nebraska and make 11/ hr with no prior experience as a CNA plus a shift differential free health, free disability, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and free life insurance. The pay ranges a whole lot 8/ hr-15-hr and I don’t know about FL wages. A lot of people complain about the pay, but it is better than many other jobs you can get without only 6 weeks of training.

    Sometimes you have to start out in a nursing home, but if you work for a nursing home owned by a hospital group, you might get paid more. The only downside is cleaning up poop, but you will get used to it.

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    jannsody
    December 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Just a word to the wise that it is supposed to be very physically and emotionally draining with a position of a cna. I’m sure that it can be rewarding as well though just a heads- up as the cna may have to deal with patients with cognitive (thought process) problems such as dementia and those that have had a stroke (cva/cardiovascular accident) which is also called a ‘brain attack’ and them being combative and agitated while trying to help them get bathed, fed and/or dressed. The cna must also have to help the patient (or ‘resident’ if a nursing home) to transfer from point ‘a’ to point ‘b’ such as the bed to the bathroom commode.

    For more general career info as well as average salary: http://www.bls.gov/oco and search ‘nursing assistant’ or such. Cna programs may be found at the local county vo-tech school (and much more affordable than private schools) or community college (perhaps non-credit course) — US colleges: http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ

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