I am about to start my CNA training here in Santa Fe in a few days, and I am very interested in the Hospice/Palliative aspect of nursing. I tried to become a volunteer at a local hospice here over my winter break, but was told that the volunteer training can take up to six weeks....just in time for me to go back to school! I am keeping in contact with the coordinator at the hospice, and have informed him that I will be willing to take the volunteer training once my CNA class is done in May..he told me to call once my CNA training is done (yay!).
Has anyone else done this type of CNA volunteering? Is this is a good way to get my foot in the door? I am willing to work LTC also; I am in the RN program and am not a spring chicken (I'm 49), but I have worked very physical jobs in the past, so the 'hard work' part of being a CNA doesn't faze me. I just want to be the best I can be for the patients.
Any replies greatly apprieciated. And yes, the avatar is what I hope is in the future!