Published on May 04, 2022

Dwaine's Becoming a CNA (Week 3)

Dwaine looks back on his third 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 3 Q&A with Dwaine

We spoke with Dwaine following his third 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 more about the body systems and some potential ailments that could affect our future patients. We also learned how all the body's systems begin the slowdown in older patients and how the body's ability to remain in homeostasis is compromised.

Did you learn anything that surprised you?

I was surprised by the amount of effort that goes into ensuring the proper care is given to each patient each time. Outside looking into the healthcare field, I never knew the extent of each role that the health team provides for their patients and how extensive the role each CNA has.

What excited you this week?

I was overjoyed to learn about nutrition and its processes throughout the body. Learning how to apply some of the raw facts that we've learned about nutrition to my own life and diet is what excited the most.

What challenged you this week?

Trying to memorize all the functions of each body system and their appropriate names along with possible diseases and their names was very challenging.

What has the experience been like with your fellow trainees?

Everyone is just as enthused as they were on the first week. We have all come out of our shells and have begun to become more interactive with the instructors and each other.

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

The week was not too difficult. I would give this week about a 3 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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