Hello, my name is Suzette. I have been a caregiver/nurse for two years. I live in Roseville, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I've always taken care of my little brothers and sisters growing up and also just other family members' children. I started off as a nurse in a pediatric home with small children so it's just something that I love to do, something that I'm passionate about. I've been doing it for the past two years and I love it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to not get overwhelmed. Don't stress. If you have any issues or something that you're not sure about, do ask a supervisor and ask for additional training. No question is a dumb question but just try to not be overwhelmed with a task.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client that I'll never forget is a 15 year-old boy. He was a teenager. This was one of the first jobs I ever had, lived in a home with other children and I remember that he had-- he was confined to a wheel chair, he would have behaviors all the time, he would act out, yell at the nurses, yell at the staff, try to roll over your feet with the wheelchair, he was just really hard to reach, really hard to get to and I ended becoming his friend. We would talk and I listened to him and the things that he had to say, the things that he was concerned about, trying to get him the things he liked to eat, things like that which were permitted within his diet and I was able to reach him, I was really proud of myself for that and proud of him as well. He had built up a wall because of the way he had been treated his whole life and I was able to get through that wall. I remember one of the last days I gave him, he loved Sesame Street all the characters and he wanted a Cookie Monster doll very badly for Christmas, we were allowed to buy the children presents and I searched and searched for that Cookie Monster doll and when I found it and gave to him on Christmas, his eyes, his smile was wonderful. So that's one of the clients I'll never forget.