Hi, my name is Mimi and I have more than nine years of experience as a certified nursing assistant. I live in the city of Los Angeles, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I love working with patients, all types of patients, the elderly, young, pediatrics, young adults. I did major in public health. I do have a certified nursing assistant certification, and I'm currently in school again to get my license for radiology in x-ray, CT, and mammo. So I've been working in the medical field for a really long time. I love it. I love working with patients. I love working with the staff. Everyone that is around me, they always say I have a smile and that I'm passionate about what I do. It's just because I really do care about my patients. I know what they're going through, and not because I've been through something like that that they're going through, but I do see them and their face and how much pain they are, or I just sympathize and empathize with my patients.
What advice would you give to a new caregiver?
I think a caregiver should always be positive and caring and with a caring personality because you never know what a patient is really going through. You kind of have to put yourself in their shoes and just treat them as if they were your family, and [honest?] I do that with all my patients. I just love working in this field, and I'm very passionate about doing what I do, and I'm planning to be in the medical field for really long time. I don't see myself doing anything else.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget is a client who's been waiting in the waiting area for a really long time for them to get an X-ray done, and they were waiting and waiting and almost for an hour. And, finally, when she got called in, I actually was trying to help a department, so I went over because there was a lot of patients waiting. And, finally, when I went to call this patient, she was in a really bad mood, and I was very patient with her, and I let her mistreat me and say mean things to me, and I was still nice to her the whole entire time. And, finally, I took her X-ray, and this is as a student. I took her X-ray, and at the end, I told her, "Okay. If you're tired, go ahead and sit down. Let me know when you're ready. I'll walk you out." And then she just looked at me and she apologized, and she hugged me, and she said, "I'm really sorry. I've just been waiting for so long. I'm so tired," and that's when she said that she was very thankful that I actually got to do her X-ray, and that's very rewarding to me because I know that she was waiting for a long time, and maybe she's in pain or, like she said, she was tired. And it just makes me feel happy that I was able to help in some way to brighten up her day.