Making a Difference in my Community
As a FNP, I was able to expand my experience into assisted living facilities, home health, and primary care in an office practice. The variety of the people and places I encountered in a day challenged me and I loved finding solutions to some of the most complex (and basic) problems a resident and their family faced. This ranged from helping a resident get fried fish (when I wanted to discuss her advance directives), figuring out that a resident couldn’t hear their phone because of high–frequency hearing loss so we just needed to lower the ring tone and she could hear it (may not sound like rocket science, but it sure improved the residents quality of life [and no one else had figured it out]), to supporting residents and families through the process of death and dying. But I felt like I could do more….