AUSTIN, M.N. - "I just see them as a second family to me,” said Regina Raya, nurse aide and CNA student at Good Samaritan Society – Comforcare.
The program lets her learn different skills while earning a paycheck. She also gets to help patients with their physical, mental, and social needs.
"My favorite part is coming early in the morning, seeing their face. The first person they see is you so you just have to make sure to make their day nice and wonderful for them. In life, we need to help each other. If we can't help each other, then how are we going to survive,”
"I think just taking your skills from mannequins to real people is probably the biggest challenge," said Randy Huls, the clinical learning and development specialist at the facility. He helps train the CNA students. "That's why I kind of like to slow things down and spend a little extra time with them."