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The Shift by Kimberly White

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14   The Poop Chapter

ASTONISHING THINGS TRANSFORMED BY THE SHIFT

The first CNA I ever met was a young woman named Elena, who had two children and worked part-time in another facility in addition to working full-time at the facility I was visiting. She wore burgundy scrubs and had her gorgeously coiffed long black hair styled back just enough to be out of her way for work. Her English was understandable but heavily accented; she was quiet but friendly and professional. I asked her about the best part of her job, and of course she said the residents. Then I asked her, “What is the worst part?”

Now of course I know what the answer is, don’t you? The worst part has to be feces. I mean, part of a CNA’s job is to change the diapers of old people with ...

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