Registered nurses Make a Difference in long-term care

As a registered nurse in long-term care I work on the dementia and Alzheimer’s units.  In long term care I approach my patients as if they were family- Grandmas, grandpas, brothers, sisters. They deserve the same respect, attention and care. Some of them don't have family and we are their family. We're the only people that have anything to do with them, that care for them. It's the way I’d want to be treated. It's one of the reasons I became a nurse - to give that kind of attention to people.

A lot of long-term care is about giving your time.  Giving somebody some of your time means the world to a lot of people and I wish I had more of it to give - Showing empathy, a smile or taking the time to explain what their medication is, time to listen, time to just sit there.

It’s hard to explain why I love my job. I get to help people every day, whether it is in a small way or a big way. Whether they're sick or whether they just need that sweater or a genuine hug or they're feeling sad and they just need someone to listen.

I am proud to be a registered nurse. It's having the knowledge and the heart to care for people. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve, and that’s not always a bad thing. I'm not afraid to cry with somebody if they're upset and I'm not afraid to console somebody if they're upset. But I have the knowledge behind me to truly be able to help people.

Tina King, RN