It depends on where you are employed and if there is enough staff to handle the assigned work. CNAs perform tasks that some may consider unpleasant, such as emptying bedpans and changing soiled bed linens. The clients you care for may be disoriented, irritable, or uncooperative. Psychiatric aides must be prepared to care for patients whose illnesses may cause violent behavior. Although the work can be emotionally and physically demanding, many CNAs gain satisfaction from assisting those in need.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that most full-time CNAs work about 40 hours per week, but because patients need care 24 hours a day, some aides work evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays. About a quarter of nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants and psychiatric aides work part-time.