Published on May 25, 2022

Dwaine's Becoming a CNA (Week 6)

Dwaine looks back on his sixth 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 6 Q&A with Dwaine

We spoke with Dwaine following his sixth 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 was all clinical rotations. I learned to apply bedside manners and to put what we have learned throughout the class in practice.

Did you learn anything that surprised you?

Not so much what I’ve learned but what I have observed this week. Patients pick up on everything from tone of voice to body language and sense when a person is having a bad/good day. Providing them a pleasant experience every time you interact with them is paramount.

What excited you this week?

What excited me was that some of the patients I assisted began to look forward to me checking their vitals. It was pleasure to help them but even more rewarding to see them happy.

What challenged you this week?

The most challenging part was working with different preceptors and learning each of their working styles.

What has the experience been like with your fellow trainees?

Everyone seemed to enjoy their time on the floor working as a CNA would. I'm sure everyone was learning how they would work by themselves and what to do in certain situations.

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

This by far was the easiest week of them all with a rating of one. The Academy instructors ensured that we were prepared before moving on to clinical rotations. It was an amazing experience and I am saddened that we all must part ways to our different departments and Adventist locations.


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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