My last CNA class was this week! 🙂 That wraps up the seven week course in basic skills and knowledge of a CNA. I’ve learned a lot of useful things in this course, even though I think the teacher was a bit batty at times. The course did a few things for me that made it worth it. First, it taught me a lot of basic skills for assessing a patient and what to watch for if a patient’s health takes a turn for the worse. Second, it taught me how to listen and talk to my patients(yes…even the demented ones) to connect with them and find out things that a standard history might miss. While I did enjoy interacting with the patients, I wasn’t the best at it. I suppose that will get better with time. 🙂
Most importantly, I think this course and, in the future, this job as a CNA has given me a look into the world of nurses. I think my time as a CNA can only benefit me and allow me to have better relationships with the nurses that I come in contact with. If nothing else, I will be able to see things from both sides of the divide, and maybe work to bring the two together. Because when it comes down to it, both sides are here to serve the patients albeit in different ways. Now I just need to pass my state skills test and written test to be officially certified to work.