To celebrate the 12th anniversary of CCACC - ADHC, staff from different departments shared their most impressive and touching stories in the past 12 years. (ENG & CHN)
Time flies by! I can’t believe that I have worked at the center for more than eight years.
I cherish this job because this is the first job I obtained after receiving my nursing license in the United States. During these years, the seniors and I forged a deep friendship. In the nursing office, we always put people first by focusing not only on the quality of nursing but also on the seniors’ special needs. We strive to provide humanized services and thoughtful care for the elderly on the basis of respect, understanding, and care.
During the Covid-19, seniors are stuck at home and they need more careful and
attentive care than usual. Sometimes it is necessary for us nurses to come to the elderly’s house to provide in-person services, although we ourselves will face high risks.
One time a senior’s son told me that no medicine came out from his mother’s insulin pen. So I asked for help from the driver who brought her daily meals and other supplements to bring her a new insulin pen. But within a few days, the senior’s son reported again that no insulin is coming from the injection pen, which made me realize that it might not be the problem of the insulin injection pen itself. It is very likely that there is a problem with the son’s injection procedure. After careful review, I decided that I had to go to the elderly’s house in person again. I wore eye goggles, a mask, and gloves to protect myself and the senior. At the senior's apartment, I asked her son to demonstrate the insulin injection process. I found that he did not press the injection button all the way in to deliver the full dose. Instead, he stopped pressing the injection button halfway! So I demonstrated the correct steps for the insulin injection procedure. He realized the problem in his injection steps and corrected it. The senior and her son expressed their gratitude and they never had the problem again. I am so happy that I was able to help this family.
On another occasion, around 9 pm, a senior from the center called me at home. I was busy
taking a shower and was not able to answer the call. After the shower, I found I had a
missed call and it was from a senior from our center, so I called the senior back immediately.
The senior told me that she had just taken her blood pressure and the reading is 170/88. I could tell from her voice that she was very nervous. I asked her if she had any chest tightness or chest pain. I was relieved when she replied that she had none of these symptoms. I asked her if she had a headache or dizziness, she denied having these issues. I asked her about her normal blood pressure at night, and she indicated that it was normal. She later mentioned that she had a cold in the past two days and felt a little uncomfortable. She said she already took some cold medicine. I recommended that she should record her BP on a small notebook and show it to her doctor next time she sees her doctor so that he can decide if she needs to adjust her BP medications. At the same time, I reminded her to drink more water, take some rest and wash hands frequently and if she experiences symptoms of chest tightness or chest pain or if her symptoms aren’t alleviated after taking Nitroglycerin three times, she should call 911 right away. The senior said she might not be able to sleep well all night if she didn’t receive my call. The next morning I was still a little worried, so I called the elderly again to check on her. She said that her blood pressure had dropped back to normal and there was no major problem.
I know that the work of nurses is ordinary, but also very nurturing and meaningful, which can make a big difference in the life of others. Nursing tasks are characterized by continuous, repetitive, trivial, complex, and heavy responsibilities. In the future, I will continue to improve myself in my work, consciously adopting professional ethics and the sense of responsibility to satisfactorily complete all nursing tasks. At the same time, I will continue to use my professional knowledge, enthusiasm, and patience to ensure the physical and mental well-being of all the seniors in CCACC-ADHC.