I have been a CNA for Eight years in a nursing home. Nursing home care is more chronic care. You get to know the patients and, if you are there long enough, you get to see the patients in good health and then watch them slowly deteriorated. It made me appreciate what just talking to people could do. I am not sure what the hospital was like but, in the nursing home, I had around 20 residents to care for which translated into about half an hour of direct care ( you would be surprised what you can learn in half an hour of talking to someone that no one talks to anymore). With all that said, nursing home word is very good; I don't think I could have lasted more than another two years.
Caregivers that work non-full-time jobs or irregular shifts can negotiate extra compensation in addition to their standard hourly wage.
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