Dawn Mazzola is a certified nursing assistant at a nursing/rehab facility. She finds working with the elderly to be a very rewarding job, yet sometimes she feels her job goes overlooked. One day after a long shift, she came home and wrote about being a CNA.
“Only” a CNA?
Who are you to refer to us, As “Only” a CNA?
We’re the ones who wash and dress Our patients for the day.
We’re the ones who take the time To listen to them speak.
We listen about their lifetime, In a forty hour week.
We also give our hands to hold When someone’s feeling scared.
It’s not easy being a patient, You’re never quite prepared.
We take the time to listen, By lending both our ears.
We listen to their worries, Or how they’ve spent their years.
Our arms were made to reach, And even wrap around.
To give our patients hugs, When they’re feeling a little down.
We help our patients do the things, They used to do on their own.
Everybody needs some help, Even when we’re grown.
So who are you to refer to us, As “only” a CNA?
We do our best to meet their needs, Within our working day.
We chose to do this job, The job did not choose us.
We sympathize and empathize, Compassion is a must.
We try to keep them comfortable, And free of any fear.
We sit along beside them, When that time is near.
We hold their hand, stroke their hair, Just making sure they know.
They’re not alone, an aide is there, It’s ok for them to go.
To all the CNAs keep your head held high,
We’re not “only” CNAs.
WE’RE ANGELS IN DISGUISE!!
Source: FamilyFriendPoems website