It amazes me that Florida is facing a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) shortage – have we lost our compassion as a community? Getting started as a CNA is simple, and it is the most fulfilling job, personally and professionally, you could have.
I have been a CNA at a long-term care facility for twenty-two years, and I would not trade it for the world. Working as a CNA allowed me to quickly advance in my career while forming life-long friendships with residents. Being greeted by a room full of smiles walking into work is an experience unlike any other.
There was even a time when my mom and sister were in my facility, and I provided their care. Without my CNA training, I would not have been capable of caring for my family when they needed it the most. I will forever be grateful for my training because of that experience.
This experience made me realize that I will need the assistance my residents need one day, just like everyone else. That is one reason working as a CNA in a long-term care facility is more than just a job – you are doing your part to serve our community when caring for those that need it.
If you want to find CNA job openings or resources on how to get started, visit the CaregiversFL Career Program website. Working as a CNA will prepare you for the rest of your career while helping those in our community that need it.