CNA Training – Is This What You Really Want to Do With Your Life?

cna trainingCNA Training – Pros and Cons, Mostly Cons

The views of the following article do not necessarily agree with or represent our own, but we thought we’d be doing a disservice to our readers if we didn’t include the thoughts of those who have taken CNA training and decided the career wasn’t for them. Here in this article, we’re using the account of a CNA¬† training graduate who explains in her own words what she didn’t like about the career and what she’s doing now.

Lauren – CNA Training Graduate Turned Florist

“When I decided to take CNA training, I was right out of high school and really didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I missed the FAFSA deadline to apply for a college grant, so I thought I’d go ahead and enroll in CNA training classes since it would only take me 4 weeks to get my license. I figured anything was better than a minimum wage job. Boy was I wrong.

First of all, the in defense of the CNA training itself, I took my classes in Allentown, PA and the variety of options was good. I decided to do evening classes just in case I took a day job, which I didn’t end up doing. I studied moderately and didn’t have any trouble passing the CNA training classes or getting my certification. The problem for me didn’t start until I entered the work force.

My first job was at an living center for the developmentally disabled of all ages. The job itself was very rewarding and I really became attached to the residents. The part that I disliked and the reason I couldn’t stay had more to do with the other CNA training graduates. Honestly, not everyone who is a CNA should be, in my opinion. There were CNA training graduates rushing through feedings during mealtime, just shoveling the food in the mouths of their patients. They wanted to hurry and get finished so they could take a break and have a cigarette. They also took a lot of shortcuts with their work, not changing beds every day and not cleaning like they were supposed to. Maybe I should have taken a stand and reported some of the things I saw, but instead I decided to quit. I couldn’t handle it.

I went on and applied for my grant and am now a college student in my second year. I work part time at a florist in the area making arrangements and sometimes doing deliveries. I love what I do now. It’s artistic, brings me peace and I don’t have to feel guilty. Looking back, if I hadn’t been so young (right out of high school) I probably would have taken a stand with some of the other CNA training graduates. I guess when you’re young and inexperienced you don’t realize things like this occur all the time and it will never stop unless we all help put a stop to the compromised level of care that’s being given in some facilities.

Is becoming a CNA for you? Leave us a comment and let us know what you’d do differently and how you feel about your career after CNA training.


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