Hi my name is Amanda. I'm from Anaheim,CA. I am a vocational nursing student at Stanbridge College, and I just finished my first clinical rotation where we assisted our CNAs at our acute care center.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I have always enjoyed helping people even when I was a lot younger than I am now. Although I am not going to school to be a caregiver, I think nursing falls into the same boat where we do have to care for our patients and make sure that they get the utmost service out of us.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to pay attention to the small details, to look out for the smallest changes and any mobility that the patient is doing, and obviously, rotating our patients every two hours if they're not up and moving around so that they do, or they are being cared for and just making sure that you're giving them that one-on-one is very important because we are there to assist them and to make sure that they are able to do the things that they would not be able to do maybe on their own.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is one that I had in my first clinical rotation. She was the sweetest old lady, and the first time I had met her, I was doing a head to toe on her and happened to be able to notice how out of breath she was, and her vitals weren't normal. They were not normal and she did end up having to go to the hospital that day. To find out that she did have a mild heart attack kind of broke my heart. But being a nursing student, I'm beyond glad that I was able to catch that. Ever since then, the following weeks that I would go back to our care center, we just maintained this bond. We'd always talk and she would tell me about how she was a flight attendant. She was hands down the sweetest person I have ever met and I am so upset that I no longer get to see her since my term is finished.