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Tiah Lee By: Yanique Russell
"Helping one child at a time" is the goal of Tiah Lee, when it comes to her career. She is a 38 year old LPN, or licensed practical nurse. After getting her education from Atlanta Technical College for two years, she now plays an important role of her patients’ health while taking care of her patients at their home. While taking care of one of her patients for my Senior project, I often found myself tired from the busy lifestyle she lives." On arrival, I assess the patient and give him his medication, so he can then be suctioned and fed. Then he takes a bath, [receives] more meds and suctioning, and then [he does] some physical activities. Finally, age appropriate activities, like coloring and watching TV, are done with him before he takes a nap and then it is time for me to go home". Mrs. Lee describes her daily schedule with having little to no free time, but more "catch up time during his naps", however she does like to clean up when she needs some time for herself. “It took about two weeks to get into the swing of things,” Tiah Lee admits “But you have to use your critical thinking skills.”
Her struggles include changing the patients’ tracheal tubes and securing the new ones, while her strengths are described by her consistency with each patient, so both she and the patients can improve. “A key skill in care taking is probably patience. You [also] have to know age-appropriate aspects on the job, along with critical thinking, overall.”
Tiah Lee, explains. She admits that her favorite part on the job is seeing an improvement on a daily basis with her and the patient, though she dreads the moment where you have to let go of the patient, or when it is time to leave one patient and go to another. One plus to her job is that she is now more proficient in dealing with pediatric patients, however if she doesn't understand something or needs some extra help, she usually tends to go to a friend of hers for help, advice, or just to rant. “I did have to learn some of the fundamentals from Marsha Russell, so that I was able to take care of the patients,” she elaborates. She confesses to have received little to no criticism from others that watch her work, however the parents of the patients sometimes give her a bit of advice or an alternative to her usual doings. “Girl, I wish someone would criticize me! I work by myself” Tiah Lee humorously remarked.