As you read this post I will have started a new class for another certification. This certification will hopefully further my career. Four months ago I took on the scary tasks of changing careers and becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant. You can read about it here.
Since then I have been learning the whole* nursing home of 250 people. What feels like a huge daunting task, has become love. Even the smallest gesture by the wonderful people I work with makes the whole night worth whatever crap I had to go through. The rest of the time I feel like I am happy 90% of the time. Something that every guru would disagree with and say could not happen. This wasn’t even a job I thought I loved, before I even tried for the class I swore up and down that “I hated it”!
Now, instead of hating it I am trying to further my career by becoming a CMA or Certified Medication Aide. Basically I would be a CNA that could pass medications. I’ve been wondering if a business management degree is worth anything. I started thinking that maybe I should go into something in the health care industry. People asked me that when I first moved here and I said “hell no”. Now that I am seriously considering it, I figured this certification would be a great real life experience as to what some of the things a nurse might do in my current work environment.
My CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) class was $645. It ended up being paid back to me (over the next few months) because my current job does reimbursement. As a CNA my pay rate is about $4 more per hour than my job in the ER with less stress. This new CMA (Certified Medication Aide) class will be $710 with no chance of reimbursement. There were rumors about it being paid for, but I found no such luck when I asked Human Resources about it. I’m looking at a possible $4 more per hour when I am a CMA. Of course that too is a rumor since I cannot for the life of me, find a job posting with pay on it for this area.
Cost of CNA classes = $0
Pay Increase of $600 per month after taxes**
Cost of CMA classes = $710
Pay Increase of approximately $320 per month before taxes
It doesn’t look like a CMA certification is worth a whole lot right now, but any increase in income is welcome to me. I could also take the certification and go to other places of business and use this certification as a second job. I don’t necessarily have to use it where I currently work. Although, there is a guarantee of 8 hours every week once accepted into the CMA pool at my current job. Besides if I like the real world experience a CMA job gives me, who knows, I might just continue my education in health care. I’ve gone this far.- FBS
*Complete exaggeration. Working the overnight shift allows me to learn 4 areas or approximately 150 people. There are 250 residents in the building.
**CNA pay was drastically increased because my last job would never give me full time hours.