What’s it like to be a CNA right now?
Christina: “To be a CNA right now can be frightening, stressful and absolutely taxing on your emotions. I’ve personally been working in a covid-19 positive facility for the past several months. It seems every day I clock in to work there is a new rule or guideline to follow. A switch in residents and their rooms. Hanging plastic from ceiling to floor to create a covid-19 isolation ward and an ante area. All of these fast moving changes are stressful on the staff, but they are even more stressful on the residents. It’s difficult to explain to a dementia resident why we are doing what we are doing, why we look like aliens with all of our PPE on. They haven’t been able to hug their family in weeks. The closest they have gotten is to be able to facetime their loved ones. This whole situation is hard on everyone involved, but in my opinion it’s most difficult on our elderly, our most vulnerable population. I go to work every day and try my best to be a comfort to everyone I encounter. I consider myself blessed to be able to do what I do for a living, and I am eternally grateful for being given a servants heart.”