My first professional job as a young adult was working as a CNA, a Certified Nursing Assistant at Nursing Home near my home which eventually led to a job at a large hospital in Ocala, Florida for many years. I loved my job. I loved helping patients and later assisting doctors when I was given the opportunity to attend special classes at the hospital, becoming a specialized technician able to perform other procedures not given to the assistants right out of school. It was the best job for me as a single mom because I was able to attend school for a short amount of time to obtain a great career, putting my two young boys in daycare nearby and then as they became a little older, I would pick them up after school and have them stay in the nurses lounge while I finished my shift.
At the hospital, I was able to work Neurology, Med Surge, Hospice, and the ER department. It is hard to say what my favorite area was. I loved the rush of the ER department because you had to be on your toes and be ready to pivot to something new immediatley, but I also loved working hospice because the patients there became like family to me. It was my job to keep them comfortable during their last moments. I learned so much from these patients because they had a different outlook on life as it was coming to an end for them. They were at peace and didn’t worry about past regrets or grievances that they might have had. They were just enjoying the people around them.
Maybe this is a job that you have thought about. While I don’t endorse any companies, I was contacted by the following company regarding scholarships that they have for people who are interested in this path. This doesnt have to be a career choice, it could be a new beginning or it could be a segway into something else. Check out the following class information and scholarships that might just be what you are looking for.
The amount awarded for the above scholarships is $500 each.
“CNA Free Training” provides free training materials for those preparing to take the CNA exam, which is a requirement in order to become a licensed CNA. They have free practice tests for each section of the CNA exam, as well as supplemental training materials that can be used while taking CNA classes – all of which are free.
“CNA Classes Near Me” helps those interested in becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) find training programs. Many of these programs are free as they are funded by the U.S. Department of Labor or state equivalent agencies. The site has state by state pages that list out all training locations in a given state as well as their contact information.
While I have since chosen a different path, the teaching and the moments I shared as a CNA will never leave me and I would encourage everyone to take a course even if it is just to teach yourself about caring for a family member.
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