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Insight from an RN: “It starts with a connection.”

Gina Flores
Caregiver Advocate | Shield HealthCare
05/02/13  6:15 PM PST

Happy Nurses Week from all of us at Shield HealthCare !  For your reading inspiration, here’s an enlightening point of view, straight from the heart of a dedicated RN…

Story Jennifer B.

“As a registered nurse, one of the first things that I learned in nursing school was to serve as a patient advocate and be an effective caregiver. When providing care, a connection must be made with patients in order to build a trusting nurse-patient relationship.

Little did I know that these principles were only the beginning of serving as a caregiver. It starts with a connection. There are many different people who can serve as caregivers. It can be a parent waking up in the middle of the night to provide comfort for their new child; a spouse providing emotional support for his wife who has just been diagnosed with cancer; a sibling who is working a full time job and going to school while supporting her brothers and sisters because their parents have been killed in a car accident; a child who is taking necessary steps to place his mother with dementia in a nursing home to maintain her safety and have constant care; a friend who is simply providing support for a loved one after they have had a bad day; and a nurse who serves as a patient’s voice when they are unable to advocate for themselves. All of these things make caregiving rewarding. It is not for the money, personal benefit or even a simple thank-you, but it is the experience that a caregiver can take with them for a lifetime. It is the smile that is seen on a person’s face; it is that good feeling that someone gets when they know that they have made a positive impact on someone’s life.

Sometimes, a caregiver may not always see results of the work that they have done, but that doesn’t matter. It is that feeling that we get in our hearts when we know that we have personally connected with another individual in a way that some people would not understand. A lot of people think that a caregiver is someone who works in the medical field. This is just simply not the case. Caregivers are not defined by gender, race, profession or socioeconomic status.  A caregiver can be anyone. Is it you?

What makes caregiving rewarding to you? It starts with a connection.”

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