Valuable Lessons Learned As a CNA // Seeing Jesus In Every Client





When you think of a first job for a young adult, usually you hear of your peers working at malls, front desk in school offices, or restaurants. My first job ever has been nothing close to that. I started earlier this year around February, as a CNA ( Certified Nurse Assistant) in a Intermediate Behavioral Facility. I care for mentally disabled clients, which includes feeding them, transferring patients who may weigh up to 120 lbs to their bed or wheelchair. I also give them showers, change their clothes, and assist them in a majority of their daily living activities because they are unable to achieve those task themselves.

My last day there will be July 22nd because I recently got another job at another facility, but I was just thinking as to the valuable lessons I have learned through working as a CNA thus far. The appreciation of my own life and capabilities as well as my increased compassion and empathy for people as a whole. There are certain jobs that are challenging, but when you get towards the end of your time there you realize how humbling the experience really was.

I remeber my first few weeks working at this behavioral facility and feeling completely fusterated. Even at this point I still get fusterated at work, I am not going to lie, but I would always complain of how difficult the position was and how I felt it had nothing to do with my future plans and career goals. Boy I was wrong.




As someone who wants to eventually become a Clinical Social Worker and have a career in a psychatric unit, being a CNA has taught me so much about the good and bad treatment of the most vulnerable in our society. My patience working as a CNA has been challenged and grown over the quick few months that I have been working. You know how in the Christian faith we believe that we are made in the image of God? I can definitely see that in every patient I care for. Yes, even the ones that kick, hit and scream at me. Every time before I go to work, I say a quick prayer asking that I may see Jesus in every person I care for and in some way God makes that a reality.

 I see Jesus in a patient named Anavelia who starts laughing randomly when I come inside her room

I see Jesus when I am walking down the hall and one of the clients in a wheelchair yells " Hiii!!

I see Jesus in a young lady named Yvette who limbs around the facility and will grin so big when she comes to hug me

I see Jesus in Janet, a elder lady in a wheelchair who plays her radio while humming and clapping along


Do you see Jesus in the work that you do and the people you work with/for? What valuable lessons have you learned in your job? Let me know in the comments! 



Love always,

Nikki x




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  1. I am so inspired by the love with which you approach all of your patients. It's such a difficult job but you're right: these are the most vulnerable people in society and they need every ounce of compassion their caregivers can spare. Thank you ❤️❤️

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    Emily
    emilyhallock.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww thanks for this lovely comment Emily!

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  2. It sounds like you have a really positive attitude to your work, it must be very demanding but it sounds like you give every patient your all and really care about them! I applaud you, keep it up!

    Abbey 🐬 www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Abbey! It's not easy that's for sure. Thanks for reading :)

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  3. As a nurse and former CNA I can relate. Sometimes people are so difficult to love. Sometimes the situations we are in can make it difficult to love people. Your attitude is a good one and I pray that God uses you in your field!

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    1. Wow I agree! I'm so glad you can relate. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment and prayer! x Hope to see you back on my blog soon!

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  4. Thank you for sharing your experiences ❤️❤️

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  5. I worked in a group home for mentally disabled men when I was in college and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life! I fell in love with every one of those precious souls under my care, and like you said, was able to see "the image of God" in totally unexpected ways! Good luck as you continue on this road, I pray God continues to give you patience and compassion as you pursue social work.

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    1. That is amazing Esther :) I am so glad you can relate, it is humbling all that God can teach us in the most unexpected places or situations. thank you so much for your thoughtful comment! x

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  6. Great reminder to see Jesus all around you.

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    1. Indeed! Thank you for reading Kim :)

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  7. I admire people like you. Your job is definitely not an easy. Keep doing the Lord's work!

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  8. I love this way of looking at your patients! I'm a mental health therapist and sometimes it's hard to keep a positive view of my job. It's easy to burn out. I will be thinking about this come Monday for sure!

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    1. Wow it is such an honor that this post gave you something to take to back to work. Being a mental health therapist is not easy at all so I can understand how difficult being positive can be. I am sure you are doing an amazing job and your clients are lucky to have you :) Thank you so much for reading Amanda :)

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  9. I think, seeing the humanity (as I would describe it) in other people is important in any profession. Glad you found a way to bring that into your role!

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    1. You are so right! thank you so much for reading :)

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