Hi, my name is Julie. I live in Miami, FL and I have been a CNA for 13 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a CNA, a caregiver, because I believe that everybody need to have proper care when they are sick. No matter what their illness or disease, I believe that they need to have the proper care. And this is how I became a CNA because I love to help. I enjoy helping and caring for people.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be very patient and caring. With this job, you need to be patient. You need to be caring. You need to love your job. Not thinking about making money, but thinking about the resident, the patient, that you're taking care of and make sure that you give them the best care possible.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Anna. She liked to be called "Ann" and not Anna, and she was such a lovely, very nice patient that we had at the facility where I work. I just liked her so much. She was so funny. She was always happy. But what I remember the most about her and that always puts a smile on my face is when I would give her a bath. She didn't like to take baths. And then when I'm done, I will be like, "Ann, I am so sorry, but I need to do this. I need to get you washed and dressed. You need to look proper. You're going for breakfast. You need to get ready. I'm so sorry, but I need to do that, because if I don't do it, I will lose my job." Then she would say to me, "You're not a sorry type. Don't tell me you're sorry. You're not a sorry type." So every time somebody say "sorry" to me, all I can think of is Ann, because she would be like, "You're not a sorry type."