My Personal and Professional Caregiving Experience
My Personal Experience
I understand how a new caregiver feels. I’ve stood at that same door of uncertainty and felt the tidal wave of anxiety roll over me as I wondered what lay ahead. Over the past twenty years, I experienced first-hand caregiving during three major The basic unit in society traditionally consisted of two parents and their children but the family has now been expanded to include any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family. More life events.
- As a mother caring for my child who had both physical and mental health care needs crippling her ability to function,
- As a grown daughter supporting her father, who was caring for her mother dying of cancer and providing care to her during chemotherapy for a year, and
- As a wife caring for a husband diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (primary progressive), who changed from being able to master anything life threw at him to not scratch an itch on his arm.
My Professional Experience
Through these experiences, I gained a vast amount of knowledge and insight about family caregiving. However, I was fortunate because I believe God had me prepare ahead of time through a series of challenges that equipped me with the skills I needed to survive.
I graduated from nursing school in 1978 and worked in or around efforts made to maintain or restore physical, mental, or emotional well-being especially by trained and licensed professionals More until 2018. I had a unique healthcare career. It allowed me to experience a multitude of specialties and gain expertise in areas often limited in opportunity. Looking back, it expanded my insights in remarkable ways. My discoveries fit perfectly into the toolbelt I eventually needed to acquire to successfully care for all the family members needing help in my future. Through my faith, I realized that God set me on a path to gain the necessary abilities throughout my life. He orchestrated the timing of acquired a new skill with future needs He knew were coming. God had a plan for my life and prepared me to fulfill it.
- Bachelor of Science with Major in Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia
- Diploma in Nursing from Roanoke Memorial School of Nursing
- A child with obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobia, joint, muscle, and blood pressure issues.
- Spouse with primary progressive multiple sclerosis.
- Father-in-law with end-stage cancer (assisted with coordination of care).
- Mother with cancer.
- Grandson with autism and undiagnosed possible mitochondria disorder, digestive disorders, and immune system issues
- Granddaughter with cerebral palsy, possible brain stem degeneration, non-functioning small and most of her large intestine, and pending liver failure.
- Grandson with autism with postural orthostatic hypotension with a central line to manage it.
Work Experience (Roles Held)
- Staff Registered Nurse (Emergency Department, Medical Units, Intensive Care, Home Health, Psychiatric Department, Chemical Dependency, Surgery Unit).
- Infection Control Nurse Manager
- Employee Health Nurse Manager
- Human Resources Management
- Infection Control and Prevention
- Substance Abuse and Prevention
• The act of evaluating signs and symptoms of a disease or condition and describing what is seen, heard, felt, smelled, or interpreted based on behaviors seen.
• A professional review of a person’s needs that is performed by a healthcare professional.
More and Intervention
- Domestic Violence
- Sexual Harassment
- Ostomy and Wound Care
- Drugs used to treat chronic illness; often used in cancer treatments. More
• To manage or supervise the execution, use, or conduct of;
• To provide or apply:
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Patient Education Principles and Training
- Crisis Management
- Counseling Techniques
- Emergency Preparedness
- Emergency Medical Response
- Employment Law