It takes a special kind of person to be an effective certified nursing assistant. Being a CNA requires someone with a disposition that is inclined to want to help others. Certified nursing assistants need to be compassionate, brave, cool-headed in an emergency and more than anything, they need to care about their fellow man.
Perhaps the three men in the story linked here would be great candidates to take certified nursing assistant training at the Allen School. These fellows acted with great altruism and bravery when they jumped down onto an active NYC subway track to help rescue a stranger. The 20 year old had accidentally fallen off the platform and struck his head. Acting with the same calm, cool manner demonstrated by practicing CNAs, these three fellows sprung into action, motivated by their concern for the health and well-being of a stranger. Isn’t that a great definition of a CNA as well?