AWIC interviewed different local professionals for an inside look into their work. You can learn more about Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413 ) through a detailed Career Profile.
When I arrive at work I receive report from the previous shift. I check on the residents and start my day which includes bed baths or shower, ADL’s such as mouth care ( brush teeth/denture care), personal care, shaving, toileting, repositioning in bed or getting them up in their wheel chair, getting meals and help with feeding if necessary. Sitting with residents and their families to answer any of there questions or concerns about their care. I provide care after residents pass away and provide comfort to the families. Through the shift we answer calls from the rooms for toileting and repositioning and care as needed.
I received my PSW certificate through a private college (6 month program)
I have my Fundamentals in Palliative Care Course
Safe Food Handling Course
I chose this career because my Mom and Step dad both were in the field and they enjoyed it and I really enjoy helping people.
Proper education and training, a positive attitude, I’m friendly and have a good work ethic.
A little bit of kindness goes a long way.
Making a residents day a little better by helping them and making them smile and laugh.
I work at a Hospice so I deal with death a lot, taking the time to work on my mental health with a busy personal life.
If you’re looking for a career in helping others and making a difference in their life than PSW is a great choice.
COVID-19 has made my job a lot more challenging. Time management is a challenge as their are more steps in keeping myself, colleagues and residents safe. I screen myself daily for COVID symptoms, more steps in the hand hygiene process , as well as wearing a mask all the time.
I feel very lucky to have been able to work through the pandemic, but I also have to be much more safe and be aware of my surroundings so I do not bring the virus home to my family.
Not being able to visit my family and friends has been a big struggle, I try to keep connected with them using Zoom or Face Time.
I have been able to continue to provide great care to our residents despite the daily challenges working during a pandemic.
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