Rebecca Bullock, a CNA at Maine Veterans’ Homes - Bangor, says there’s one thing she loves above all else at her job: The people she works with.
“The people here are one of my absolute favorite things,” she said. “They’re all very welcoming. I haven’t met anyone grumpy or who doesn’t want to be there. And it’s all throughout the home, not just the CNAs.”
Becoming a CNA at Maine Veterans’ Homes
Bullock started at MVH a year and a half ago after she graduated from high school. A friend’s mother, who also worked at the home, recommended the job to her. When she started, she hadn’t earned her CNA certification yet, but MVH paved the way to help her get her education.
“I was really excited about it and decided to take that leap,” she said.
Originally, those interested in a CNA certification had to travel to the nearby University of Maine campus in Orono, but Maine Veterans’ Homes created a simpler way: Bring the classes to the home.
Maine Veterans’ Homes began hosting CNA classes right in the building, so Bullock - and the 19 others in her class - could work during the day and attend classes in the evening. She said the three teachers they had, all from different parts of the home, rotated nightly. In the end, Bullock earned her certification and chose to stay at MVH.
“We were able to all pass the test, and they had the cutest little ceremony - we had some of the residents come, and one of them did a speech for all of us,” she said.
Working at Maine Veterans’ Homes
Bullock says every day at the home is structured, but different. Each morning, she meets with the nurses to hear about what’s happening that day and if there are any updates on the residents. CNAs are assigned to the same residents each month, then switch.
“I like that on my unit, everyone’s really there to take care of the residents,” she said.
Bullock also mentioned she’s been able to take advantage of the paid time off and flexible schedule at MVH to travel, including taking a two-week vacation to the Bahamas.
Although many people see a CNA certification as a stepping stone to other jobs in the medical career, Bullock says she’s happy with where she is right now.
“I’ve had a lot of my upper management nurses tell me I should go for my nursing degree, but I’m really comfortable at MVH at the moment. I see myself working here for a while,” she said.
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