Meet Dominique Bassett, our health care professional of the month! Caring for her grandmother is what motivated her to become a CNA. After that, she wanted to help more people who have Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, so she earned her CNA license in 2009. But she’s not stopping there- she is enrolled in school to become an LPN and begins classes in 2021. Similar to other nurses, Dominique is superstitious sometimes- find out why below.
What Made You Want to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?
D: I took care of my grandmother who has Alzheimer’s disease. I liked helping her and wanted to help more people. So, I got my CNA license in 2009 in Philadelphia.
What Is Your Favorite Part of Your Job?
D: My favorite part of the job is helping people. I enjoy helping people when I’m needed.
What Do You Like About Working Per-Diem Shifts?
D: I like the freedom I have to make my own schedule. Being a mom of five, flexibility is valuable and a necessity. I have a 17-year-old, 14-year-old, 12-year-old twins, and an 11-year-old.
What Do You Like About Clipboard Health?
D: I like that I am paid the same day and that there is a wide variety of shifts available. I’m able to choose where I want to work, and the facility doesn’t cancel. Other facilities canceled a lot at the last minute.
How Do You Manage a Work/Life Balance?
D: To keep a work/life balance, I prioritize my time and write everything down.
What Steps Do You Take to Decompress After a Shift?
D: At night, I decompress with a hot bath.
Tell Me About a Patient Or Nurse Who You’ll Never Forget.
D: There is one nurse named Amy and ever since I met her she has been an inspiration to me. She is always telling me that I will make a great nurse one day, and now I start classes on February 3, 2021, to be an LPN.
How Has COVID-19 Changed Your Perspective of Working as a Cna?
D: COVID-19 definitely makes me nervous. I contracted COVID-19 back in April and I was very nervous going back into facilities. I received the Clipboard Health stipend you provided, and that helped as I tried to get back to work.
What Is Your Personal Philosophy/Code When It Comes to Dealing With Patients?
D: My personal philosophy is to respect everyone and treat them as I would want to be treated. I treat everyone like they were my own grandmother, and sometimes I get too attached.
What Is Something New That You Have Recently Learned That Has Been Helpful In Carrying Out Your Job?
D: Something new has been learning how to treat patients who have COVID-19 and learning the new protocols.
What Are Your Career Goals and Aspirations?
D: I just took the TEAS test and I’m waiting for the results so that I can go back to school to become an LPN.
What Qualities Are Important to You When Choosing a Facility to Work for?
D: One of my pet peeves is understaffing and not hiring enough nurses because it is a money issue. They would rather not have enough nurses, but no one’s health is worth the money being saved. That’s the glory of working with a staffing agency — you can say no.
What Is Top in Your List to Make Your Work Experience the Best It Can Be (e.g. Funny Coworkers, State-of-the-art Equipment, Easy Commute, Etc.)?
D: Commute is at the top of my list. Also, working with staff who work as a team is important.
What Kind of Superstition or Lucky Charm Do You Have, if Any?
D: One of the superstitions that I find true is when there is a full moon. There are more sundowning behaviors in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease patients when there is a full moon. The residents don’t act like themselves.
If You Weren’t a CNA, What Career Would You Have Instead?
D: I would be a paralegal.
What’s The Best Piece of Advice You’d Give to Someone Who Wants to Start Work as a CNA?
D: My biggest piece of advice is don’t go into nursing if you’re in it for the money. You must truly have the compassion to be successful at this job.