Dwaine's Becoming a CNA (Week 5)
Dwaine looks back on his fifth 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 Dwaine and his motivation to enroll in the CNA Academy at Adventist HealthCare.
Week 5 Q&A with Dwaine
We spoke with Dwaine following his fifth 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 went into clinical rotations. I was transferred to the White Oak Medical Center in Silver Spring, Maryland to complete my training. We got a chance to put all that we learned in lectures into practice and actually help the CNAs on floor with their assignments.
Did you learn anything that surprised you?
This week I completed an Electrocardiogram (EKG) on a patient. Remembering the place of each electrode and actually placing on a live patient was slightly different than practicing on a mannequin. For a real patient, you have to account for their size, body hair, and/or clamminess of the skin.
What excited you this week?
This week during rotations, I got to help a patient discharge and go home. I also helped a cardiac patient transfer to a rehabilitation facility. It was exciting to see people returning to a sense of normal after acute care.
What challenged you this week?
The most challenging thing was caring for a total-care patient that was non-verbal. I tried my best to understand what she needed. It was like a guessing game of what she wanted but after grabbing the item she needed or completing the task she wanted done it felt rewarding. Even though there was a communication barrier between us, making sure that she was as comfortable as possible and seeing a smile on her face afterwards was great.
What has the experience been like with your fellow trainees?
Everyone seemed as excited as I was to talk about their day at the end of the day. We all took an active role in the shadowing process and learned so much from how the other CNAs complete their daily tasks.
On a scale of 1-10 how difficult was this week?
I would say that this week the difficulty level was at like a two or one. Due to the instructors ensuring that we were ready for clinicals and becoming a full fledge CNA, this week seemed run-of-the-mill.
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.