Hi, my name is Franciso. I live in Carson, CA. I'm a student of registered nursing at El Camino College currently in the third semester. I have rotated in med-surgical floors, rehab floors, and one psych unit. My experiences include volunteering at the VA hospital in Long Beach from 2009 to 2012. I held a senior certification from 2012 to 2014 and work in a convalescent home and worked at a step-down unit and long-term care at Sunny Side Torrent. As of today, I'm actively registered as a healthcare aide in California as of May 2016 of last year.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I believe from skills that I've learned and obtained from volunteering at the hospital in Long Beach, my experiences of working in two nursing homes and through my nursing program has allowed me to actually share those skills and experiences for both patients and families for the betterment of the community.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, self-care. I believe the care provided to a client or a patient sort of reflects of how somebody carries or cares for themselves. I believe somebody who does not take care of them self is not able or have a difficult time caring for other people. Therefore self-care enables one to care for others effectively. That's my advice I will give to a new caregiver.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The most memorable memory I have about a client is during morning care, there was a song that he liked back during his times I believe in the forties or fifties that I wasn't aware of but he was singing it and it brought him the good memories about him. So the only way I actually identified with him was to sing along. And I was taught the lyrics. And it made the experience more pleasant than anything else and I believe people who live in those times actually cherish those old moments and may have a difficult time relating to current employees who are younger in generations compared to those who are more experienced back in life.