Hi! My name is Romnie. I'm from Lancaster, TX. I have no professional experience as being a caregiver but I've cared for my aunts and uncles all my life and I have completed one full semester in nursing school.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because that's just the passion I wanna do. It comes naturally to me. I generally have a passion to care for people. I care for people more than I care about myself. Sometimes, I need reminders to take care of myself. My mother tells me this all the time. I have friends and even some of my instructors in school tell me that I need to start taking care more of myself. I'm actually in nursing school and it's just something that I really want to do.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, culturally competent. You never know which patient you might get and the background that that patient comes from culturally. There's certain things that you might say or certain actions that you might do that might offend your patients. And you want to make sure that you go in with a heart of passion and you're still listen and a mind of understanding. You just want to make sure that you make that patient more comfortable, as comfortable as possible, especially under your care. You want to make sure that it's all about them. You want to listen to what they need and do anything that you can to make them feel better because, I mean, that's what you're there for.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A patient that I will never forget would have to be a lady in Arlington when I was on a clinical rotation. She was a lady from Germany and she had broken English so she didn't really understand English well. And, a lot of my fellow classmates and the nurses at the facility pushed her to the side and didn't really treat her as the other patients because she didn't respond and speak English as well. But I took the time out because I just can't stand to see a patient or anyone pushed to the side. I took the time out to spend a little extra time in this patient's room, to understand her and just to see, was she really okay? And I remember her telling me that-- and it's something I will never forget and it's something that truly made me understand. And it just gave me that assurance that I'm at where I'm supposed to be. I'm supposed to be a nurse. I'm pursuing the career that I was put on this earth for. She told me that I was the nicest nurse that she had ever met. She had never met a nurse like me. And that really changed my outlook and it made me feel really good about the career that I had chosen.