Being a CNA is a great way to start your career in health care. It’s a great career in itself, and a wonderful way to end your career. There’s no age limit to being a CNA – you just need to have compassion and a caring attitude.
There’s a part about being a CNA that people don’t usually hear about – and that’s the emotional side, the connections that you have with the residents. What does your job mean to the people you’re taking care of? Everything. You make the difference for everybody.
Is it in your nature to be a caretaker? Do you love taking care of people? Working with the elderly, you learn new things every day. It’s like another family away from home. And when you go home at night, you leave happy, knowing that you’ve made a difference.
You can become a certified nurse aide fresh out of high school, or at any age. Leticia loves how residents make her feel appreciated every day, and knows that RNs and doctors value her input. As a CNA, she’s also been able to advance her career in health care.
Becoming a CNA is a life changing event. You have the ability to treat residents as if they were your own grandparents, and you always have the feeling of accomplishment, that you’ve made a difference in someone’s life. It’s also the first step to a rewarding career in health care.
Being a CNA is so rewarding because of the family members and the people that you touch. You’re always making a difference, every day. Plus, CNA schedules are flexible – which is really helpful when you’re juggling family responsibilities and raising children.
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