Everyone knows the old adage, “Nurses eat their young,” but is it true? Vince Baiera details his experience as a CNA and how while Nurse Managers may have the best intentions, it’s hard to be a CNA who is afraid to ask questions.
Power of Story
Vince Baiera details his experience as a CNA at UPMC Healthcare. In this vlog, he expresses the importance of keeping an open mind and not being afraid to ask questions.
“I started my career and…boy was I in for a shock! Even though I was in nursing school, there were still things I was learning every day that were surprising me.”
Becoming a CNA wasn’t what I dreamed about growing up. After high school, I needed a job and it seemed like a good place to start. I signed up for a class at the local community college, gathered some scrubs, the right shoes, and a bit of curiosity.
Serving others has been a strong thread throughout my career. When I started my first teaching job, one of my major initiatives was to learn how to best serve my students and parents. Serving others is all about your ability to add value to the organization, to students, or, specifically in our scenario, to the residents.
We’re thinking bigger — about the problem we solve. Our #1 job at Straightaway is to reduce staff shortages for skilled nursing facilities. We’re changing the landscape of CNA training, by way of the power of story.
Dealing with unique and difficult residents, cleaning up various and sundry messy situations, and building relationships with people who were nearing the end of their life were all things I hadn’t considered in training.
Seeing the genuine gratitude expressed when helping a resident return to a freshly made bed or assisting them in enjoying some quality time outside help make up the little victories that mean so much – the gems that set this role apart from all others.
Students must be engaged if they are expected to effectively learn and retain material of any kind, and the PowerPoint presentations provided were most certainly not hitting the mark.