jgi123456 Posted October 29, 2015 Share Posted October 29, 2015 "Excuse me, excuse me!" I cried out frantically, as I had just received news that my grandmother had been moved to a nursing facility due to her Alzheimer's condition worsening. I rushed over to the front nurse's station to ask which room she was in and was escorted to her room. Bright fluorescent lights lit up the hallway as I nervously gathered my thoughts on how I could greet my grandmother, the one who had raised me from childhood and became a second mother to me as well. I had brought over her favorite purple orchids in order to brighten her mood and with hope that maybe she could recognize the familiarity of the connection to me. To my relief, my grandmother recognized me instantly, and continued to recognize me till her last day in nursing care. Placing my grandmother in a nursing care facility was the most heartbreaking decision my family had to make, but we put in the effort to visit her every day. About eight months into her stay at the nursing home, she caught pneumonia which deteriorated her health in a blink of an eye. The nightmare didn’t just end here; the weakening of her body opened the door to other various health problems as well, which led to frequent visitations to the hospital. This is where I met my first physician assistant and grew profound respect for them. While my grandmother’s physician came in and out of her room for quick visitations, it was her PA that seemed to help close the gap of disparities in the healthcare system by providing a more personalized care to the patients. I was also able to recognize the clear and solid support that the PA provided in the context of the physician-PA framework. Her PA also first tended to my grandmother’s stomach abnormality and diagnosed the root cause of her abdominal distention and provided the appropriate treatment for it. I was very intrigued to see a mid-level provider take part in such crucial role between the supervising physician and the nurses, working as a collaborative team to ensure the highest patient care possible. Having worked as a buyer in a procurement department for three and a half years, I thoroughly loved the “team-based” approach with the head buyers and my vendors and customers. However, I had left the career as I’ve always felt that the satisfaction from thriving upon sales and profit wasn’t fully there for me. Witnessing my grandmother’s PA work with such compassion and professionalism towards the well-being of a human being inspired my initial interest in the profession. With this new ray of motivation, I recently became a clinical care extender volunteer at St. Joseph Hospital of Orange through COPE’S Health Solution, a program that is designed to give access to direct patient care to pre-health professionals, to see where I stood in terms of interacting and caring for the ill. My duties consisted of providing basic patient care such as feeding, bathing, taking their vital signs, and most importantly, providing unconditional love at their most vulnerable times. However, despite the satisfaction that I received from knowing that even a single minute of my time given to patients can have a significant positive impact in their lives, I also felt a sense of frustration due to the limitations of what I could provide for them as a volunteer. My determination to take my education and skills to the next step where I can provide more than just bedside care increased. I observed the nurses and their assistants and admired them for their recognizable diligence and compassion, but their roles still didn’t satisfy the goals that I was looking. On the contrary, I found it a blessing that I was able to encounter a handful of PAs on the floor who were able to answer many lingering questions for me that I had regarding their profession. I realized that being a PA is what would fulfill my dream in achieving the type of patient care that I wish to provide. Through the intensive and advanced PA training, I will provide medical care without having to be a physician, and still get to partake in a variety of tasks from diagnosing to giving physical exams to more specialized care such as assisting with surgeries. This is very appealing to me because I love doing a variety of different types of tasks that specialize in flexibility. Next year, I look forward to starting my education as a PA student. Overall, my interests and experiences have prepared me well to pursue a career as a PA. My strong academic background in science and extensive knowledge of the human body will help me excel in my PA school courses. Additionally, my sensitivity towards patients and interest in their well-being will allow me to become a compassionate PA. Volunteering at St. Joseph on various floors has also allowed me to learn the difference between each health provider and has also confirmed my belief that PA would be the best fitting for my personality and personal goals. I discovered my desire to counsel patients in maintaining proper health for preventive care as well, rather than just on post-care treatment. As a future PA, I am excited to work as part of a team that ensures every patient receives the care he or she needs in the most efficient and comfortable manner. I look forward to spending the new few years of my life learning from and growing with peers that have similar aspirations. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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