In honor of Nurses Week 2017, Alzheimer’s Family Center (AFC) is releasing the portrait of its five wonderful nurses. Today, Nurse Gloria Wear tells us about her background.
Why did you want to become a nurse?
I have known I wanted to be a nurse since tenth grade when I took a nursing aide class and fell in love with being in the field and helping elderly patients with dementia. I started working as a nurse in the 1980’s in the very first Alzheimer’s facility built in the United States. I like that nurses have a lot of different roles and that nursing is a caring profession. We care not only for our patients, but for the family members too.
What do you like about being a nurse at AFC?
I get to practice what I love, taking care of people with dementia. From being able to support the well-being of my patients, to providing support and education to their family caregivers. Having Alzheimer’s is a journey for the patient and their family. Working here at AFC allows me to be part of a team of caregivers that help our patients and their families make that journey with dignity, and as smooth as possible.
Tell us something that people would never guess about you.
I love to watch sports events; football, baseball, volleyball, and soccer.
Happy Nurses Week!