Published on June 08, 2022

Dwaine's Becoming a CNA (Week 6)

Dwaine, now a certified nursing assistant, looks back on his time as a trainee in our 6-week CNA Academy.

Adventist HealthCare Macklin CNA Academt trainee Dwaine

Meet Dwaine

View the first post in our series to learn more about Dwaine and his motivation to enroll in the CNA Academy at Adventist HealthCare.

Post Graduation Q&A with Dwaine

We spoke with Dwaine following graduation after his six weeks in the Academy to see how things were going. Here's what he told us.

What has it been like to work as a CNA since completing the Academy?

It has been fulfilling/rewarding to work as a CNA. Honestly, if I had known that I would have gotten so much enjoyment out of working in the medical field, I would have tried to become a part of the field years ago.

After completing the Academy, how prepared did you feel for the CNA role?

I feel as though I am on par with the veterans in the field. The academy instructors completely ensured that we were prepared for real world applications in the field.

Is being a CNA different than what you expected prior to the Academy? If so, how?

Coming in to the medical field from a law enforcement persective, I did not have any prior expectation of the role.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you started the program?

I wish I knew how fulfilling this field would be for me. I feel that I am making a difference in the world that law enforcement did not provide for me. I would have started in the medical field when I was younger if I would have known.

What advice would you give to someone considering this program?

My advice is to ask questions! The instructors did an amazing job in ensuring that all questions were answered and that we all had an understanding of what is expected of us in the CNA role.

What characteristics should a candidate have to be successful in the CNA Academy?

The best characteristic that person could have is probably having an open mind. Ensuring that you take everything that is taught is grasped, is very important. The instructors make sure you have the hospital policy along with state and federal laws with every concept of care.

What was your favorite part of the program?

Meeting my fellow colleagues in the program. Building friendships over the weeks in the course and pulling each other through the rough parts of the course.

What is your biggest take-away from the program?

My biggest take away from the program is that everone has a voice. No matter if you are a doctor or a IT technician, if you observe something that does not appear right, speak up because that voice could be the one that saves a life.

Would you recommend this program to others who want to enter the healthcare field?

I one hundred percent recommend this program to others. The instructors were pivotal in my transition into the medical field. I really could not ask for better mentors to guide me in the field.


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.

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