Personal Narrative: A Career As A Certified Nursing Assistant
The charge nurse handed out assignments, and the Certified Nursing Assistant that I was shadowing had 10 patients to take care of. One of the women, in particular, was very talkative as soon as we walked into her room. The task of brushing her hair was given to me, and I must have appeared apprehensive because she said to me, “Just brush my hair the same way you would if I were your grandmother.” She taught me a lesson that I will bring with me wherever I work. The best way to take care of someone is to treat them as if they were a member of your family. For that woman, I was her stand-in family. Later on, we chatted about her life and family, while I helped her find some words in a crossword puzzle. At the end of my shift, the woman told me she was looking forward to my return and asked if she could give me a hug. That woman was stuck in her room and the small encounter we had, brightened her entire day. This experience reinforced why I want to become a Registered Nurse.
The clinical experience that I had, overall, taught me a lot about patient care. The residents at the nursing home had varying mental and physical capabilities. Some residents were independent, others needed help with all of their activities of daily living. The residents who were no longer independent were especially vulnerable when being bathed or changed. Mindfulness and patience were important during these times, so the resident …show more content…
They provide constant support and supply patients with the tools necessary to improve their own health. Patient education is an integral part of nursing. Nurses are advocates regarding optimal health practices, for example, reducing the spread of infectious diseases, and encouraging patients to be active participants in their own healthcare. Global healthcare is improved, through the education of patients, which begins in the community. Throughout my life, I have always been compelled to help people. I encourage people to focus on all of the good in life and try not to dwell on the negatives. The experiences I have acquired as a Certified Nursing Assistant student have fueled my desire to continue my education as a nursing student. I believe that my strong work ethic and communication skills will be key factors in my success of becoming a Registered Nurse. I want a career that I am proud of and nursing would provide me with this