Published on May 11, 2022

Dwaine's Becoming a CNA (Week 4)

Dwaine looks back on his fourth 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 4 Q&A with Dwaine

We spoke with Dwaine following his fourth 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 how to basically take care of the patients with activities such as bed making, bathing, range of motion exercises, etc.

Did you learn anything that surprised you?

I learned what a total-care patient was and even though the instructors provided examples of what that may look like, actually witnessing the care giving to a total-care patient was amazing. We as CNAs really become the lifeline for patients that aren't able to do for themselves. It was humbling and surprising at the same time.

What excited you this week?

We had a shadowing day this week where we each went to a CNA to watch them perform in their roles. I didn't realize the amount of help that some patients needed but it excited me to be able to provide that help.

What challenged you this week?

This week seemed the easiest out of all the weeks. I didn't really find anything that challenging. This week tied all that we've learned together.

What has the experience been like with your fellow trainees?

I would say that my fellow trainees also felt like this week, actually seeing the CNAs in action, was an eye opener. We all spoke so highly of our experiences while shadowing the other CNAs.

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

I would say this week was at a two in difficulty. This week really put all that we've learned together.


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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