Hi, my name is Dorothy, I live in Kentfield, CA and I was a registered nurse for five years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I've always loved nursing. I've always been interested in the healthcare profession. What brought me back into relicensing was I took care of my mother who was in hospice for approximately four and a half months. And I realized I missed nursing, and I really want to get into the actual patient care.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be two-fold. First would be to make sure look into your heart. Do some soul searching. Make sure this is what you want. It's an honor to be able to give healthcare advice as well as take care of and help others who are in times of need. My other advice would be to make sure you stay current with recent articles. Stay current in your education, not only the CEUs, but learn on your own, research on your own, find out what's available, clinical trials, and to also get advice from your colleagues. They have information that could help you with your care with keeping you current as well as advancing your healthcare.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget her name was Nancy. She had spent about 10 years trying to get pregnant. She came to term, and she delivered a baby that was not viable, and I remember spending approximately two weeks with her in the NICU. And it was an incredible experience to go through, to be able to help Nancy with her decision to let the baby pass, to pull the tube, and I'll never forget sitting at the end of the bassinet.