1. What made you decide to become a Caregiver/PCA/LNA/Nurse?
Having a career to help others, becoming an LNA again.
2. What does professionalism mean to you?
Being able to use skills to complete the task at hand. Learning something new everyday. Understanding my career and my ability to provide care.
3. What does preparation mean to you in regards to your work day?
Getting ready the night before. Asking questions before arriving to the client’s house, being ready to arrive on time to work.
4. What does framework mean to you in the caregiver arena?
Caregiver intervention, a base plan, caregiver activities, outcomes, documentation.
Purpose: To provide knowledge, expectations, a guideline for the caregiver.
5. How are you meeting the needs of others as a Caregiver/PCA/LNA/Nurse?
Providing care to the client, keeping a clean, tidy, and safe environment for them. Bringing support to the client and family, being there as needed.
6. Professionalism: How do you take responsibility for you?
Use communication, hold myself accountable, be respectful, kind, and take care of myself.
Mood: Happy, humorous, smiling
Motivation: Willingness, determined, accept change
Job knowledge: Learn, accept criticism, study
Compassion: Listen, feel, be sensitive, and care
7. Preparation: How do you reduce risk to yourself and your client?
Communication is key, set up a plan, follow directions and ask questions, ensure the clients wellbeing.
8. What does proper attire mean to you?
Dress accordingly to position of career. Keep a clean, neat appearance.
9. What does proper mobility mean to you?
Know strengths and weaknesses, ability to move the client. Being flexible in movement, providing mobility and stability to yourself and the client.
What precautions do you take?
Safety concerns, using protocols, washing hands.
11. What observations do you make when working?
House cleanliness, clients overall wellbeing, nutrition, physical and mental health, wound care, input and output.
12. What does self-control mean to you?
Considerate of others’ emotions, aware of my own feelings, choices, and being self- disciplined.
13. What does it mean to follow a care plan?
Having a written plan for the client, documents to communicate with coworkers or nurses.
14. What is proper communication?
Listen, responding when questions asked, writing facts, nonverbal communication, tone of voice, confidence, open mindness.
15. How do you maintain a proper environment?
Positive attitude, clean, organized space.
16. How do you maintain meeting basic needs of your client?
Check in, bathe, daily essentials, bring them to appointments, organize, plan, communicate.
17. What does patience mean to you in framework of caregiving?
Listening, restraining myself, waiting, giving it time, feeding, bathing, giving client time to succeed.
18. How do you handle the unexpected?
Accept reality, people die everyday, grieve the loss, be there for the family, share with coworkers, take a break.
19. What does proper documentation look like?
Written and clean, up to date, steps, using nursing language.
20. How do you review and improve?
Provide accurate answers and questions, safety check, communication with the client and nurses, learn from any incidents and mistakes.