In honor of Nurses Week 2017, Alzheimer’s Family Center (AFC) is releasing the portrait of its five wonderful nurses. Today, Nurse Traci Pham tells us a bit about her.
Why did you want to become a nurse?
I have always had the desire to care for people. Growing up, I was always caring for my siblings, my little cousins, anyone really. I was part of a health program in high school and took several health courses. We would visit hospitals and care centers. I remember loving the environment and the staff caring for the patients. I also always wanted to educate, learn, and pass on my knowledge. Nursing has allowed me to do all of that and much more. Since my grandma was diagnosed with dementia last year, I have been using the experience that I have accumulated here at AFC to better care for her.
What do you like about being a nurse at AFC?
What I love the most is the contact with the families. We call our patients’ family caregivers on a very regular basis to address medical issues or other matters, and they are always very grateful to us for doing so. Caregivers will often ask us for advice on how to care for their loved one, or thank us for the great quality care that we provide. I am all for advocating for the patients and the families.
Tell us something that people would never guess about you.
I am ambidextrous. One day I hurt my right hand, but was still able to work by using my left hand – it’s very convenient!
Happy Nurses Week!