Hi. My name is Linda. I am from Anaheim, CA and I've had 1 year of experience as a CNA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because when I was a little girl growing up, I was in situations where I was caring to others. And those individuals inspired me to become someone similar as them. As I got older, I realized I had the compassion and patience to take care of others. And down further along the road, my aspiring goal was to become a registered nurse.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice for a caregiver would be to have patience and understanding. It's really difficult when you don't have those two traits when caring for another. There will be days where there's limitations and shortcomings, but the best caregiver can do is have compassion because initially, what we have to provide is the best care as possible.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Stephanie. She is Sicilian. She had a thick accent. At first, it was hard to understand her because of her accent, but gradually we became close. I provided care and activities for her. I visited her every day. I would watch tv with her every morning and paint her nails. She was a very sassy lady. I loved everything about her because her personality was out of this world. And because of her and the connection I built with her, I don't think I would ever forget her. She's one of the reasons why I want to pursue my career in nursing.