I decided to go into the CNA/PCT field as a step toward a nursing degree. I love being able to help people, whether it’s something big or small. Being able to make people feel better is one of the best feelings in the world.
At the end of a 12-hour shift, I look back on all the good I’ve done that day and realize it was all worth it. I wouldn’t trade it for a cushy desk job for anything in the world! Here’s a prayer for all my fellow CNA’s out there.
A CNA’s prayer
Dear Lord, as I begin this day,
watch over me, hear me pray.
Help me to watch, keep my mind.
Don’t let my tasks become “the daily grind.”
When others laugh and mock and jeer,
help me show that you are near.
Don’t let my heart and hands become hardened.
Help me show care, and always give pardon.
Help me to be caring and calm,
and give my patients a healing balm.
Let your love shine through me this day,
and shine on others in every way.
Keep my hands gentle and strong,
even though my day is long.
Let not swiftness leave my feet.
Help me every need to meet.
Thank you, Lord, for giving me this life,
giving comfort and love
to those for whom your Son gave His own life.
Naomi C. Brown is a Patient Care Technician at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn.