Certified Nursing Assistant

“Mom, can you help me fill out this sheet for the Certified Nursing Assistant class?” This was the beginning. The first day of junior year was over. Yet I still had more school. For the next three months, every Tuesday and Saturday, I went to class at Waukesha County Technical College. This was where I started my passion?? nursing.

At the beginning it was tedious, I didn’t look forward to going to class some days. All the material we learned was things I already knew or easy information to know. But then clinicals started. And everything changed. I was excited to go back to class those days. It was no longer boring but exciting and different each day. I got the chance to actually transfer a resident, instead of reading about it in my book. I got to put the tedious skills I learned into use. It was the last day of the class and I couldn’t imagine that I made it. All of the memorizing was worth it in the end. I knew that the medical field was where I wanted to be. I could tell that I had a passion to continue what I started. I wanted to learn more about medicine and all of the information it has to offer.

I passed the class, but I still had to take the state test. I scheduled the test, for a Friday. That day, I woke up and I was nervous right away. All I could think about was if I was going to pass…or fail. I took the writing portion first. It went well, I passed. It was easier than I imagined. I learned that if I focus on particular information I can do it. For example I focused myself on the exam and I was less nervous because I knew that I knew what I had to do. The next part was the skills part. I had to show the instructor what I learned.

I wasn’t nervous anymore after I finished the first task. I just have to focus myself. I passed and the next step was getting the Certified Nursing Assistant job…my first job.

The one of the many places I applied to that had the best organization called me. It was Presbyterian Homes and Services. I was nervous when I got that call. I had to make this work. She scheduled an interview. I shook the whole time and they could hear it in my voice. She told me I would get the call in a few days saying if I got the job or not. My phone rang and I grabbed the phone out of my pocket…I got the job.

All my worrying stopped. I have changed since I first signed those papers. I was nervous that maybe the nursing program was too far out of reach. I doubted myself but now I know I can do it, if I want to. This was the big step to it all. “Yes Haley, I’ll help you when you get stuck.”

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