With all the hullabaloo about the upcoming release of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we thought it would be fun to draw some parallels between the tenets of Jedi Knight training and those of Certified Nurse Assistant training. After all, both Jedi Knights and Certified Nurse Assistants are heroes in this galaxy and galaxies far, far away. So in less time than it takes to make the Millennium Falcon to make the Kessel run, let’s run down the similarities.Motivation to Take Both Jedi and Nurse Assistant TrainingAccording to Wookiepedia, Jedi are an order mostly consisting of teachers, philosophers, scientists, physicians, diplomats and warriors, who value knowledge and wisdom above nationality. By serving others, the Jedi give of themselves through acts of charity, citizenship, volunteerism, and good deeds.Similarly, nurse assistant trainees are an order consisting of people from many walks of life who value knowledge and wisdom; who seek to increase their knowledge such that they may give of themselves through acts of citizenship, care-giving, healing and good deeds.The Creed of the Jedi and the Nurse AssistantGrand Master Skywalker re-wrote the Jedi Creed (excerpted): “Jedi are the guardians of peace in the galaxy. Jedi use their powers to defend and protect, never to attack others. Jedi respect all life, in any form. Jedi seek to improve themselves through knowledge and training.”Wouldn’t you know it, nurse assistant training also produces professionals who use their powers to protect and defend life. These students are most certainly people who are seeking to improve themselves through knowledge and training. Thus being prepared to embark on a lifetime of service to the well being of others.If you’re considering taking nurse assistant training and question whether or not to try something new by way of a career change, heed the wisdom of Jedi Master Yoda who admonishes young Jedi Padawans (trainees), “Do or do not – there is no try!” Use the force (or maybe just the phone) to get started today on an honorable career in service to good in the galaxy!
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