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  • Be careful that you set boundaries with your superiors with what you can and can't do - especially lifting. My best friend was a CNA for a while and she is a much healthier person than I, and she would be exhausted and sore after work. You do have to lift patients in and out of bed, into wheelchairs, etc. She worked very, very long days (swing shift 6 am to 10 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but full time benefits), so that may have had something to do with it. Please be careful with your back, I can't even lift a few pounds, let alone a 100-200lb person.

    This will open so many doors for you! My friend didn't last long, it really took a toll on her emotionally, but she decided to use her knowledge and really do somethig special with her remaining few years in college, rather than just getting a degree. She, too, was going to get into nursing, but she was sickened with the way the nursing home was run that she decided to change her major - for the better! This summer she got a really prestigous internship working in cancer research. I hope your nursing home is better than hers, but I think you need to brace yourself for what you may see/hear/witness other people do. Her work as a CNA really looked good on her college applications and internship/lab position applications, and I imagine that when she goes to Grad School it will help with that, also. Good luck and best wishes.
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