Hi, my name is Lorelai. I live in San Diego, CA and my clinical experience is about six months but I am a nursing student, so I've had about two years of acute care experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because of a personal experience in my family. My mother-in-law suffered from a stroke not too long ago and for that reason, I wanted to make sure that I understood how to carefully take care of her, meet her basic care needs in a way that I wouldn't harm her and so I became a caregiver in that respect.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to take care of each client with the utmost respect while maintaining their dignity, regardless of the educational background and your cultural beliefs. I think upholding that main core of practice of doing no harm for a patient and keeping the patient's interests at heart, will maintain the best care for the patient and in the end, provide the best result.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Helen. I was taking care of her on the night shift. She had just suffered from a TIA and I had just met her, I introduced myself, I did a quick assessment or a check of her and I noticed she was in a lot of pain. So basically we talked, Tried to calm her down through some easy breathing exercises, I was breathing with her and she was breathing at the same time, to kind of calm her anxiety down and while we were doing this, I noticed that a lot of her vital signs and whatnot were going down to a good level, a good normal level. I think that just solidified my idea of why I wanted to be in this field and to take care of those in need. That was very important to me and that moment, I don't think I will ever forget.