After almost 5 long months, I am finally finished my C.N.A. (Certified Nursing Assistant) course! It was not an easy course, and at times I felt defeated. I signed up for the course after being inspired by my husband's recent career path taking him into the medical field. *Thank you shitty economy! ;)* After he chose to go through the motions of (eventually) becoming a licensed paramedic, It made me wonder what our local community college offered in the nursing field. I had always dreamed of being a nurse when I was a child, but it wasn't something I was firm about, so it didn't happen. Well, why not do something in the nursing world that you don't have to be a R.N. And, there it was. A Certified Nursing Assistant is a highly regarded position in the medical world, and they are in short supply. You see, CNA's don't get paid the big bucks. Not even close. BUT, 95% of the time they have more interaction with the patients than even their own doctors and nurses. That I liked. Yes, CNA's do alot of grunt work, and that's OK with me. Why? Well, I have compassion. I want to help people.
I do have a wonderful full-time job already. Me becoming a CNA was never intended to replace my current occupation. This is something I plan to do in my spare time, mostly on alternating nights & weekends. One of the local hospitals here (we have many!) has a "Supplemental Causal" schedule where all you have to do is commit to work 36 hours in a 6 week time frame. That is definitely doable.
The last step is for me take the N.A.C.E exam. This is the national registry for all CNA's. Without passing this I cannot work as a CNA. I'm certified now, but that means nothing if you can't actually use the skill. So, on August 12th I take my exam. It's a written exam (easy!) and a skills test in which I have to actually demonstrate 5 skills at random in front of an examiner. How nerve-racking! I'll have one of my former classmates as my partner. She might even have to be my "patient" in some of the mock scenarios. This makes me feel a little better. I don't doubt that I'll pass, it's just a high pressure feeling of knowing it all rests on this! Deep breath, deep breath...
During the last day of class, which was a practice "mock competency" for the NACE exam, we received our certificates. I, of course, couldn't help but act like a big cheeseball. You see, I've never received a certificate before. For anything. It was kinda exiting for me, and I took it all in!
I couldn't even wait 24 hours to frame my new certificate! I went out and bought a new frame immediately! And, being that I had a new desk to sit it on, all the more reason to display it, right?!
Wish me luck in finding p/t work after August 12th! I can't wait! I miss the scrubs already!