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My question that I want to ask is why did you decide to become a CNA?

Hello, my name is Bria Lesha Selery I am a high school student that wants to know more about what a nurse assistant do to encourage they self more? and how they are willing to save others from dying? #students #high-school-students

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Estelle’s Answer

Certified nursing assistants are important parts of health care teams. You can encourage yourself by shadowing nurses in clinics and volunteering. Getting to know the field will help motivate you. Healthcare providers help people stay healthy and treat diseases when they are not well. Sometimes, our job is to just make people feel cared for even when medicine fails to keep them from dying. Kindness and compassion go a long way in just making people feel better.
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Suzanne’s Answer

Hello Bria,

This is Sue and I am a retired registered nurse. I became a CNA prior to earning my nursing degree and license.
CNAs perform essential patient care duties such as feeding ill patients, turning them in bed, giving baths, and providing non-medical comfort measures. They can take vitals signs but must report all findings to the registered nurse on duty.
As a CNA, self-encouragement begins with ongoing learning and training. There are many ways to do this. Sometimes, employers will offer on-site training and education sessions. The Red Cross is also a great resource.

A CNA would only be involved in saving lives at an entry level. A CNA must have CPR training and know how to apply this to patients. If the patient is quite elderly and perhaps living in a nursing home, it is unlikely that there will be a doctor's order to perform CPR in the event the patient's heart stopped.

If the CNA is working in an acute care hospital, then the CNA would be responsible for notifying the RN and/ or MD on duty in the event they found a patient had stopped breathing or appeared to not have a pulse. The CNA would assist in the resuscitation effort as directed by the nursing and medical staff.

If a CNA was out shopping or in any other public venue and came upon a person who wasn't breathing, they would, as their conscious would indicate, provide first hand CPR according to their training.

We are all willing to save another person's life only to the extent that we believe we can be of help. This is our conscious will: sometimes we believe in helping others because of our religion that it is right and just to save a life. Most first line responders (doctors, nurses, paramedics, firefighters, police officers and others) save lives because they believe in making the world safer and better for all human beings. A CNA would also need to have the mindset of helping humanity in every way they can according to their scope of practice and training.

I hope this answers your questions! I think you might be the kind of person who would like to be of service to others.

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Sue
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