Hello! My name is Tina and I currently reside in Livermore, CA. I have one year of unpaid clinical experience as a nursing student.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my grandparents inspired me to take a different look at health care. I love to help others and this is my way of paying it forward.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, love what you do, gather your facts, implement your goals, evaluate your time, and enjoy the companionship between you and your client.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I'll never forget is Dora. She's a wheelchair-bound quadriplegic that had contractures and she needed assistance with basically everything. I was intimidated, to say the least, because she was my first assignment in nursing school. But, I feel like that was a blessing in disguise. She taught me a different type of patient. I became her friend and we washed and I always got smile out of her when she heard my voice in the morning. And I feel like we established a real connection. By the time I had to say my goodbyes, we were both crying. And just walking out of that facility, I realized I did get into nursing for the right reason. Because, even though my time is short, I still strive to make a positive difference. I want them to know that someone cares.