In order to understand what a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) does and learn more about her potential career path, Keosha interviewed a CNA who works in supported living homes in Kalamazoo. Please see her interview below:
1. Where do you work and what do you do on a daily basis?
She works at Community Living Options. On a daily basis, she assists her residents with everyday living. Makes sure they are showered, passes out medicine, cooks and cleans, and at the end of the shift she makes sure all of her paperwork is completed.
2. Does a CNA do all of the same things as a RN?
No. A CNA can assist a registered nurse and does not do many of the same things.
3. How do you like your job? What’s your favorite part of your job?
She enjoys her job because it makes her happy that she can make her residents’ day. They look forward to seeing their staff come in every day.
4. What’s the thing you like least about your job?
The paperwork, and when my residents fight and argue.
5. What is one thing you wish you had known before you started your job?
She wishes she had known how stressful the job can be sometimes. When it’s 6 residents and just her and 2 people, you have to make sure you’re keeping everything and everyone under control.
6. What made you decide on nursing/health care as your career path?
She likes to work with people and the job is a perfect opportunity—it’s also an easy job to do while she is attending school.
A closing thought from Keosha: "I learned that being a CNA can be a stressful job but it lets you help people. You don't have to do all the same things as a registered nurse, but you can really make a difference."
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