"When September was 20 years old, she got her first job
as a caregiver in Escondido CA.; this is where she first learned the trade
as a young adult. She tried different career paths and ultimately felt the
calling to begin a career in nursing, starting first with her CNA. Upon
finishing her classes for the certification, September quickly found employment with
a skilled nursing company in Carlsbad CA. Additionally, she studied business with the intention to pursue a career in economics through Mira Costa College.
Through her job, she became aware of the diverse and varied
personality changes the elderly go through as they progress through the ending
stages of life. The wisdom gained from these observations was valuable and
created a stronger recognition of their needs. The revelation that these
patient's grew up years before her and may not see the world as she does has
had a profound effect on her. In response, September has learned what it means
to be timely and observant in working with her patients and the importance of
honest respect for the elderly.
Working in skilled nursing facilities has changed September and
what she wants to do with her life. It's changed her life because CNA's are the
first respondents to the disabled in hospitals, skilled nursing homes and
private residences when help is needed. Doctors, Registered Nurses (R.N)
and Licensed Vocational Nurses (L.V.N) cater to the medications that are needed
etc., but CNA's cater directly to the personal need: such as feeling,
discomforts, wants, wishes, desires, bathroom needs, and body movement.
Although workers are CNAs, they are reminders of family and friends, which is needed
when there is a loss for self. This part is the forgotten or overlooked and
must change. September decided to change her schooling plans to become a small business
owner of a healthcare staffing company, because she understands the elderly and
wants change for the workers of all types.
September Johnson has been a CNA for 6 years and has worked with many companies that didn't provide health care. Staffing companies make so much money and give nothing back, so there must be change. That's why she came up with the Pink N'Blue Campaign, which donates to organizations designed to help cure disease, feed the homeless, build parks, save animal's life's, and create a cleaner ecosystem. Even if change is slow, there still can be change, but always remember that a happy worker is a good worker.