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Johanna’s story (part 2): How I quickly became a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

CNA series at Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS)The Nursing Assistant is “the most important job” at Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS), says Dan Lindh, CEO and President. In this new series, witness Johanna’s journey to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) with PHS. See the intro here.

By Johanna Fenton, Communication Specialist and Certified Nursing Assistant  

Just a few years ago, I never imagined that, in 2021, I’d become a Certified Nursing Assistant. Let alone write a series to inform and inspire others! 

There I was, in 2018, fumbling in the dark, seeking employment and fresh purpose — after hitting one too many rough patches in life. (If you missed my story, it’s here.)

That’s when I got the invitation: to set aside my preconceived ideas about where I was going and what I was capable of doing.

How about you? Are you willing to dream bigger? Or maybe you know a friend or family member who wants to jumpstart a career…

Well, today I’m going to show and tell you about how quickly I became a Certified Nursing Assistant.

One super solution is OnTrack with PHS. So far, it’s available in Minnesota. It’s what I describe as the FREE, fast and flexible way. In 10 days, you get free, complete training delivered two ways: online and in person (in Roseville, MN).

Watch this FAST time-lapse video of Johanna becoming a CNA in no time. 😉

If you or your friends live in Wisconsin or Iowa, rest assured there are other great options for CNA training. (I encourage you to ask when applying at Presbyterian Homes & Services.)

After training, simply pass the state exam (it’s not too hard!), and your name is added to the state’s CNA registry.

You. are. a. CNA. 😊 Totally doable!

Except… before you begin, you might have more questions, such as:

  • What do CNAs do, exactly?
  • Is it hard work?
  • How do I know if it’s a good fit for me?
  • Which PHS location is near me?
  • Finally… is it worth it?

I’ll share more in coming weeks with answers to common questions — plus stories and tips from other CNAs!

Stay tuned by subscribing to the Perspectives blog today.
Finally, friends, the PHS ministry has a great need for caregivers.

So, if you have an interest, I strongly encourage you to reflect and, if you feel comfortable, pray. Contact PHS to learn more about the many opportunities to serve at a location near you. Share this news with your family and friends, too!

CNA series Johanna FentonJohanna Fenton is a communication specialist who also serves in long-term care. She wants to help others discover the rewarding path of becoming a nursing assistant with PHS!

You might also like:

Johanna’s story of becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (intro)
Now hiring: the most important job at Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS)
Presbyterian Homes & Services is the #1 best employer in MN, says Forbes
FAQs about a career with PHS

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