hello all

  1. I am not a nurse or student (yet) but will be doing a CNA program starting in May. I'm at a bit of cross roads right now. I turned 30 this year and I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I've mostly been a stay at home mom all of my adult life, working some odd jobs, and taking college classes for fun, but it's time to make some real decisions about life.

    I've been in hospitals a lot between my brother having cancer and my oldest son with autism and a slew of health problems. One reason I want to be a CNA is so I can take better care of him as he grows up. He will probably never able to live on his own or take care of himself as he's extremely delayed developmentally and nonverbal. However I'm not ready to jump into nursing school or anything that serious until I get some first hand experience in health care.

    Anyway, I've been lurking around these forums for a while and just wanted to say Hi. If anyone has advice for a newbie please let me know! I would also like to work with adults with autism or disabilities if that's possible as a CNA? All advice is appreciated.
    Thanks!
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    About lindsayt05

    Joined: Mar '16; Posts: 10; Likes: 11

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  3. by   Rose_Queen
    Welcome to AN! There are a couple of forums you might want to check out: the CNA forum which can be found under the students tab in the yellow bar across the top and developmental disabilities nursing, which can be found in the specialties tab in the yellow bar.
  4. by   lindsayt05
    Thank you so much. That's very helpful
  5. by   joe a.
    Quote from lindsayt05
    I am not a nurse or student (yet) but will be doing a CNA program starting in May. I'm at a bit of cross roads right now. I turned 30 this year and I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I've mostly been a stay at home mom all of my adult life, working some odd jobs, and taking college classes for fun, but it's time to make some real decisions about life.

    I've been in hospitals a lot between my brother having cancer and my oldest son with autism and a slew of health problems. One reason I want to be a CNA is so I can take better care of him as he grows up. He will probably never able to live on his own or take care of himself as he's extremely delayed developmentally and nonverbal. However I'm not ready to jump into nursing school or anything that serious until I get some first hand experience in health care.

    Anyway, I've been lurking around these forums for a while and just wanted to say Hi. If anyone has advice for a newbie please let me know! I would also like to work with adults with autism or disabilities if that's possible as a CNA? All advice is appreciated.
    Thanks!
    Hi Lindsay, If I can offer one bit of advice it would be "follow your heart, it speaks, use yiur ears, they listen, keep your eyes open, they see. People of your caliber are always in need. Yiu can write your iwn agebds. Goid luck. Joe a.
  6. by   lindsayt05
    Thanks joe! That's very sweet, very good advice.

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