Although working as a certified nursing assistant provides an up-close-and-personal view into what goes into treating a myriad of conditions, this job is just not ideal for any person with an interest in the medical field. Unfortunately, countless aspiring CNAs are left with their jaws gaping as they realize their dream career is one filled with stressful situations, dynamic co-worker personalities and demanding patients. While it's important to understand the pros of working as a CNA, it's even more important to carefully weigh out the cons of this profession.
Undesirable Patient Situations
While you may be a compassionate and caring person, it takes a special person to deal with a patient who has lost control of his bodily fluids or one who is belligerent due to a mental illness. Although not every patient is worthy of a short story, CNAs work intimately will a myriad of people and personalities. It's essential you understand and accept the fact you won't always deal with pleasant people - either as patients or co-workers.
If you work in a 24-hour medical facility, then you may be required to work overnight hours. While this schedule offers some perks, such as a more relaxed environment and a unique camaraderie between yourself and the other workers, living life in the night can have detrimental effects on interpersonal relationships. Moreover, the psychological effects of rarely seeing the sun are real and complex. While this con may not be applicable for all CNAs, it's essential to consider if you're planning to work in a hospital or nursing home.
When you work in a cubicle, you are relatively alone; except for when your manager decides to pay you a visit. Life as a certified nursing assistant couldn't be more different. Instead of dealing with a single task, you're constantly flooded with instructions and duties from a myriad of individuals. Therefore, you must be able to handle dynamic personalities and stressful situations.
If you find yourself shying away from confrontation or not being able to think clearly during moments of extreme stress, then you may not be a good fit for this position. If you're still interested in working in the medical field, but without the pressure of dealing with nursing and doctor staff, perhaps a career working a clerical position within a healthcare facility is a better fit.