Delmi's Becoming a CNA (Graduation)
Delmi, now a certified nursing assistant, looks back on her time as a trainee in our 6-week CNA Academy.
View the first post in our series to learn more about Delmi and her motivation to enroll in the CNA Academy at Adventist HealthCare.
Post Graduation Q&A with Delmi
We spoke with Delmi following graduation after her six weeks in the Academy to see how things were going. Here's what she told us.
What has it been like to work as a CNA since completing the Academy?
Working as a CNA has been a great experience so far. I love being able to care for the patients. Honestly I was worried about how it would go after the Academy, but they taught me everything I needed to know for this job. They did a great job at preparing me for this role.
After completing the Academy, how prepared did you feel for the CNA role?
Before completing my clinicals, I was not sure how I would do this job, but I quickly realized that everything that I had been doing was taught to me in the Academy. I had nothing to worry about.
Is being a CNA different than what you expected prior to the Academy? If so, how?
Prior to the Academy, I knew the roles of a CNA. However, before the Academy I thought it would be a lot of workload, but they are good at dividing up the work and giving you what you can handle.
What is one thing you wish you knew before you started the program?
I wish I knew that they do a good job at preparing you for the real world. As soon as I began my orientation I quickly picked up on my job as a CNA. My instructors made sure I was fully prepared before graduation. I had nothing to worry about.
What advice would you give to someone considering this program?
If someone was considering this program, I would tell them to apply. It has been such a great experience for me and I am beyond grateful that I heard about the Academy. From the beginning, to end, I have nothing bad to say. The instructors really put in their time and effort to make sure everyone understood the lesson and with answering all the questions. Even when we began our clinicals, the instructors would check on us and give us feedback. With all that said, whoever is considering this program should pursue their goal in becoming a CNA by applying to our program.
What characteristics should a candidate have to be successful in the CNA Academy?
Since the program is only six weeks, attendance is crucial. Each day there is a new topic and more skills to practice. For me, it helped to go over the next days lesson a night before that way I was able to follow along during lecture.
What was your favorite part of the program?
My favorite part was the relationships with the instructors and my peers that were formed during the program. Everyone was invested in each others progress and made sure no one was left behind.
What is your biggest take-away from the program?
My biggest take away was not to let my fears get in the way of doing what I have always wanted to do.
Would you recommend this program to others who want to enter the healthcare field?
I would 100% recommend this program to anyone wanting to enter the healthcare field. I have always dreamed of working in this field, but I was always afraid of failing. I am so glad that I took a step forward into fulfilling this dream of mine and with the help of the Academy, I was able to reach my goals.
About the CNA Academy
The CNA Academy at Adventist HealthCare is an innovative program designed to support those seeking to start a career in patient care services as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). The academy offers classroom and clinical training, in a hospital setting, to prepare candidates to pass the CNA certification exam.