Meet Maria Miller, our health care professional of the month! Maria has been a Certified Nursing Assistant for more than eight years and, like most of us, is passionate about helping people and loves watching funny cat videos. In addition to using her skills as a CNA to help care for patients, Maria was able to use another skill that no other staff member had to help encourage a patient to communicate more.
What Made You Want to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?
M: I’m a passionate person. Not everyone can do this job but someone has to. It’s not for the faint of heart. I see old people or even those who cannot take care of themselves due to old age or disabilities. My heart breaks for them. So I decided to pursue this career and soon I want to become a nurse so I can help more people with my newly acquired knowledge.
What Is Your Favorite Part of Your Job?
M: My favorite part of my job is the flexibility and learning something new from my co-workers and my residents. Their stories inspire me to go on and do what I love to do.
What Do You Like About Clipboard Health?
M: I love that it’s negotiable and flexible, and I love that Kyle (my account manager) is very understanding. He knows when to expand or give me more budget when I have to travel far or if I have to pick up a shift on short notice. To be honest, I am so glad I found Clipboard Health. All of them are very helpful! They make sure that I am happy and acknowledge my hard work. I can’t wait to pick up more shifts.
What Steps Do You Take to Decompress After a Shift?
M: I just need time to breathe after a long and stressful day at work. If it gets to be too much I take a walk or read books or watch funny cat videos.
Can You Tell us About a Moment You’ll Never Forget with a Patient?
M: I will never forget one of my residents who speaks Japanese. (I speak little Japanese) She barely talks to anyone because she wanted to speak her language until I greeted her in Japanese and now she won’t stop talking. Her daughter visited the facility and she was bragging to her about me.
How Has COVID-19 Changed Your Perspective of Working as a CNA?
M: To be honest it’s very challenging and scary at the same time. I have a son who has a heart problem and just me working and being exposed to people is a risk already. I did reconsider whether I could continue this job but then again this is my calling and I can’t back down now.
Do You HaveFurther Career Goals and Aspirations?
M: I want to further my education in this field and become a nurse.
What Qualities Are Important to You When Choosing a Facility to Work For?
M: Cleanliness, management, and honest, hardworking co-workers.
What’s the Best Piece of Advice You’d Give to Someone who Wants to Start Work as a CNA?
M: Be patient. Take care of your residents like they are your own family. Be honest and never disrespect them. We are here because of them. Be thankful.
If You Weren’t a CNA, What Career Would You Have Instead?
M: I would be a housewife and maybe a blogger.