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CNA: to be or not to be, that is the question.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

I'm still waiting for an answer. Bummer!! The director of the program is at a conference until Tuesday, then she has more interviews on Wednesday, then she should make decisions on Thursday, and finally call everyone on Friday.

I went to "orientation" on Wednesday, April 4. The class is scheduled to start on Monday, the 30th. The CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Survey) test went well. I was supposed to answer 25 reading comprehension questions and the results would determine the next booklet of tests I would need. I finished the test before others who arrived before me. Then the director spoke a bit about the class and the rules. Pretty basic: show up on time, pay attention, pass the quizzes, let them know if you have anything on your background check, etc. Then the instructor spoke a bit about the course, not in any real detail though. We spent more time talking about which color scrubs we wanted to wear for clincals than we did about the actual class. BTW, periwinkle is not a readily available scrub color!! Then we had to do an individual interview with the instructor. She wanted to know a bit about us and why we wanted to take the class. She asked if things like blood or poo bothered us. Being a mom and working in the laundry facilities of a hospital/nursing home, I'm not scared of anything!! I've seen more blood, poo, and bodily fluids, that weren't mine, in the last few months than most people do in a lifetime!! If it happens in a hospital or nursing home I've seen it!! Anyway, when the interview was done I asked about needing to take further tests. The director told me I didn't have to because I got all the first ones right. I was a bit surprised, but in a way not really. I told her I love to read and read voraciously.

That conversation with the director about reading also made me realize how much I needed to get on the ball with homeschooling. We've been working with our 5 year old and I think she's doing very well, but I want her to love reading as much as I do. I want her to have a strong foundation in school and reading. It made me realize that not everyone has an easy time reading, some people really struggle. I don't want her to struggle from the start. Strong reading and comprehension skills will serve you well, so we ordered school work for her. Our plan is to do Kindergarten this summer and start first grade as soon as she's done. We got workbook type curriculum since she loves workbooks. I'm sure she will fly through the work!!

The CNA class is 13 weeks long and 180 hours. Five hours two nights a week for 11 weeks, then two weeks of clinical work, for 35 hours each. In addition to working full time this will be quite a challenge, but I am excited and just hope it all works out.

I haven't been running as much lately. I want to, but when I work the weekend it's a wacko shift and it takes me a long time to recover. I worked last weekend, so I had the Wednesday before off, then I worked Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon, then had Tuesday off. Working 5 days in a row is pretty normal, but the weekend shift starts 3 hours before my normal shift. It also gets out earlier, but then it's that much longer until bedtime. I end up being awake for 18+ hours. It's really hard. More than once I've been sorting dirty laundry and crying. One more reason I'm looking forward to the 12 hour shifts that the CNA's work. It's always the same 12 hour shift and working 3 days a week is pretty nice, too!! Leaves more time for running and college :)

I'm still working on losing weight and keeping my good habits going. I wish I had more time to catch up with everyone on Spark. I do appreciate you all and miss you! I think of you often and hope you are doing well! I try to check in on you when I can, so keep up the great work!
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JUST__DUCKY 4/16/2012 11:57AM

    Will pray for you as you continue your journey! Sounds like a lot of work ahead, but you can do it :)

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