Delmi's Becoming a CNA (Week 6)
Delmi looks back on her sixth week as a trainee in our 6-week program to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA).
View the first post in our series to learn more about Delmi and her motivation to enroll in the CNA Academy at Adventist HealthCare.
Week 6 Q&A with Delmi
We spoke with Delmi following her sixth week in the Academy to see how things were going. Here's what she told us.
What was something an instructor taught you this week?
This week I had the opportunity to practice a bladder scan on a patient. It wasn't as easy as practicing on a mannequin. At first I had some difficulties trying to find the bladder, but my instructor gave me a few tips which helped me out. Now, when I practice on another patient, I will know exactly what to do.
Did you learn anything that surprised you?
This week I was able to observe a rapid response. I was with the nurse in the room and the patient was not responsive. The nurse did her tests and had to call a rapid response. Everyone responded quickly and I observed what each person did as I assisted. My role was to take vitals immediately.
What excited you this week?
This is the last week of clinicals before we start our orientation. This week was also our graduation from the CNA Academy. I am excited to put all the skills and knowledge that I learned from the program and use them to help take care of patients. I have learned a lot from my preceptors during this week of clinicals which will help me ease my way into my unit when I begin my orientation.
What challenged you this week?
The most challenging thing this week was responding to the rapid response. For it being the very first code for me I was a bit anxious. Luckily, the nurse I was with helped me get through my fear and we were able to help the patient.
What has the experience been like with your fellow trainees?
At the end of the clinical rotations, our group at Shady Grove got together to share our experiences that day. It was really nice hearing about everyone's day. It also helped us learn from their experiences. Everyone was happy for each other when we graduated. It was overall a great experience.
On a scale of 1-10 how difficult was this week?
I would rate this week a 3. I feel a lot more comfortable to do the tasks of a CNA. My instructors were amazing at teaching me what I needed to know to better help patients.
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.