As part of the recent “Thank You” campaign celebrating the work of BC’s care providers, a series of interviews were conducted with front line workers across the Province. What follows is an interview conducted with Nicola Guy, a licensed practical nurse in Surrey.
I’ve only been an LPN for 3 years.
Why did you get into the health care industry?
I became an LPN because I have always worked with the public. I just wanted the chance to work with seniors, and to help make a difference in their lives. I also loved the medical field, I’m very interested in it, and [assisting] seniors was the way I wanted to go.[quote name=”Nicola Guy” pull=”Right”]I became an LPN because I have always worked with the public. I just wanted the chance to work with seniors, and to help make a difference in their lives[/quote]
What is a day in the life of an LPN like?
We promote independence; I can do anything from helping them with medications, to wound care, to assisting them down to meals, even so much as helping with dressing, showers, anything else that may come up in their day.
What are some of the rewarding aspects of your job?
Going home after a shift knowing that some of the little things you did helped make a big difference and working with seniors is fantastic. They have so much experience that they can give to you, and in turn you can definitely give back to them as well.
What would you say are some requirements of being an LPN?
You do have to be a very selfless person and want to work with people. There are great parts to it and also some parts that aren’t so nice, but it’s definitely overall a great career choice.