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While the Golden Rule calls for us to “Treat others as you’d like to be treated,” Jayné Carey, RN, Home Health and Hospice supervisor in Muncie, aims to treat patients like she’d treat her own grandmother.
“I imagine every person is someone’s ‘grandmother,’” says Carey. “So, I do whatever I can to relax the patient, help them understand—in terms they know, speak to them on their level and get them healthy so that they can stay around for their families and loved ones.”
In fact, it was caring for her own grandmother after cataract surgery that made Carey want to become a nurse.
“She held my cheeks and said, ‘you are just such a good little nurse,’ and, that feeling—I just took it and ran with it,” says Carey.
Carey began her nursing career in the hospital, working in the emergency department and then labor and delivery. When a position in Home Care opened up, she jumped at the chance.
“I enjoy being able to sit down with the patient and educating them on their options for care,” says Carey. “I also get to see my patients for a long period of time and get to watch them transition. I’m able to watch their lives transform and I don’t think there’s anything better than that.”
When Carey works with student nurses, she emphasizes the importance of always educating patients on their options.
“It’s the most valuable thing I’ve learned and it’s as simple as saying, ‘here are some of your options, but know that you are at the head of this ship. It is your decision,’” says Carey. “Educate them on things like, it’s okay to say no, it’s okay to wait to answer—wait until you’re comfortable. That is the kind of support our patients need.”