Published on April 27, 2022

Dwaine's Becoming a CNA (Week 2)

Dwaine looks back on his second week as a trainee in our 6-week program to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA).

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.

Week 2 Q&A with Dwaine

We spoke with Dwaine following his second week in the Academy to see how things were going. Here's what he told us.

What was something an instructor taught you this week?

This week we learned about the growth and development of the human body. We also learned about how mental health plays a huge role in the total health of a patient.

Did you learn anything that surprised you?

The surprising thing for me was how much the brain/mental stability plays in your total health. One of the instructors taught about the placebo effect and how just the power of thought could change the patient's outcome. One of the examples provided during the lecture was a patient that was paraplegic from an accident and the doctor told the patient they would no longer be able to walk. That patient fought hard and began walking after a few months of therapy.

What excited you this week?

What excited me the most this week was learning the stages of development. I have little nieces and nephews and learning what normal vitals look like for children versus an adult benefited me the most.

What challenged you this week?

Learning how the different disorders of the mind could affect each patient differently was the most challenging. Coping and defense mechanisms are used to help people deal with stressors, but those factors change from patient to patient.

What has the experience been like with your fellow trainees?

This week seemed to be hard for most of us to follow in class. It is that or I am projecting my feelings onto the rest of the class. This was a very rough week for me.

On a scale of 1-10 how difficult was this week?

This week was very difficult for me to learn. I would say this week was about an eight in difficulty.


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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