When I Became a Certified Nursing Assistant

Allison Hall Delaware Certified Nursing AssistantI have been babysitting for about 10 years now, I took a SafeSitter course through the Red Cross when I was 12, but I never thought those skills would translate to a “real job”. After my week volunteering at ECC I became interested in becoming a CNA. Certified Nursing Assistants help nursing staff with personal care tasks and help people with activities of daily living. In some hospitals this position would be referred to as a Patient Care Technician.

Allison Hall CNA Margaret H Rollins School of NursingI decided to make the most of my summer break in 2015 so I took a CNA course at the Margaret H Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Hospital in Lewes, DE. We spent many hours in the classroom taking notes, working in skills labs, and even did a two week clinical experience. Then my class sat for the prometric exam to become state licensed. I passed my test on August 14, 2015.

I have continued babysitting while searching for a CNA position. I hope to gain experience in this area because it will help me decide if I would like to go back to school to become a nurse. I feel that if you can’t handle the less glamorous side of health care, nursing isn’t for you!


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