Dwaine's Becoming a CNA
Follow Dwaine as he works his way through our 6-week program to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA).
CNA Academy trainee Dwaine, a military veteran and lifelong Marylander graduated from Crossland High School in Prince George's County and is currently attending the University of Maryland Global Campus pursuing a bachelor's degree in biotechnology.
Currently busy with work and school commitments, Dwaine spends any spare time helping family and friends in any way he can.
Q&A with Dwaine
We went in-depth with Dwaine to learn more about his motivations for joining the Academy and here's what he told us.
What were you doing before you started the Academy?
I worked for Adventist HealthCare as a security officer at Fort Washington Medical Center. Before that, I was in the military where I served as a correctional officer for 10 years.
What motivated you to explore a career as a CNA?
I felt that the CNA role would be the best way to help people on a more intimate basis. I also felt that this CNA program would provide a foundation of experience in the medical field that is incomparable to any other schooling.
What attracted you to Adventist HealthCare?
I originally had no idea of what Adventist HealthCare was about until joining the organization two years ago. What keeps me here is the family oriented staff, the faith-based ideals, and the potential for professional, spiritual, and mental development.
What do you hope to learn through this program?
My hope for this program is to develop in the medical field and to establish a solid foundation from working my way through the "ranks".
What is your vision for the future?
I plan to receive a nursing degree as well as a degree in biotechnology. I plan on ultimately becoming a chiropractor.
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.