We had the good fortune of connecting with Wil Fletcher and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Wil, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I was a Nurse Aide Instructor, I started to think bigger once I saw the impact that I was making in the lives of the students. I began to come up with ways to add value to the CNA program.

My employer was not always receptive to my ideas, no matter what I came up with I was constantly reminded that I’m only a teacher.

After being frustrated for months, I decided that I can stress myself about someone else’s business or I can put the time and energy into creating my own

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
After working as an Instructor for 4 years I decided it was time to create my own program. I started One Breath CNA in 2017. It was not easy for me, one reason is I was looking for shortcuts and searching for someone to do the work for me. It was not that simple I wasted so much money and an enormous amount of time.

What makes our program different is our unique appreciation for CNA’s. I was a CNA, I’ve managed CNA’S, I’ve hired CNA’S and now we certify CNA’S. I have direct knowledge of all things CNA. Our delivery is different, we dont just hand out books and wish our students good luck. We use the textbook as a guide and interject our personal experience to enhance the learning outcome.

I’m most proud of our ability to #keeponpushing through the obstacles. I was a great Instructor but I had no clue of how to operate a business. I was forced to learn on the fly. We overcame the challenges by simply not giving up. Was I discouraged of course but I couldn’t quit.

I learned so many lessons and I’m still learning. I’ll name a few; You MUST have a plan. You MUST build a team. You MUST know that you are the captain and the ship sinks or sails with the decisions you make

I’d like the world to know that there is no such thing as an overnight success. It’s taken me 5 years to accomplish things that were on my to do list from year 1.

When I became a LPN the rumor was LPN’s are being phased out and I wouldn’t be able to find work so I was wasting my time. When I opened the CNA School other school owners said there was no money and that I should pursue other ventures. I’m so glad that I didn’t listen to any of them

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m originally from Buffalo,NY so this happens quite often. I don’t hangout that often but when I do I search for places that have good chicken wings lol.

I love basketball so depending on the time of year I’d definitely take my friend to a hawks game. I love sports In general we can check out the braves or the falcons.

Most of my time is spent learning new things. I would probably search eventbrite to see if there were any networking mixers we could attend during their visit

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Absolutely, I’d like to send a shoutout to my Cna Instructor Mrs. Lisa Marble, RN I hesitantly joined a cna class in 2005. I honestly only took the class because it was paid training. Before then I attended several colleges,vocational schools and certificate programs but this was by far the most interesting class of them all. I loved her delivery, I was impressed by her ability to manage the many different personalities in her class. After completing the class I realized that the work that you do is so much more than a paycheck

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