Meet the staff nurses of Right at Home Northwest Orange County | Southeast Los Angeles County
Left to Right: Arleen Oshiro, Linda Sanchez and Kylene Garcia. Arleen and Kylene are LVN Administrators.
Arleen Oshiro, Licensed Vocational Nurse & Right at Home Administrator
Arleen attended nursing school at the Angeles Institute. We asked her a few questions about her career as a nurse and working for Right at Home in Cypress.
What inspired you to go to nursing school?
This is my first job out of nursing school. I like working with people and with this profession I felt I would be making a difference in some else’s life.
What do you do for Right at Home and how does being an LVN help you in your job?
I try to find our clients the best caregiver for them. I field any type of question our caregivers may have about their client, I train them whenever there is something they may not know how to do, and I create custom care plans so our clients can have the best possible care. I do safety assessments to ensure the safety of both our client and caregivers. I perform assessments frequently to see if there is a change of care needed.
What do you like Best about working for Right at Home?
Every day is different some days are chaotic while others are calm and smooth. I enjoy getting to know my clients and learning about their pasts.
Why did you get into nursing?
I got into Nursing by accident, I was studying psychology and while working for a mental health/rehabilitation facility for teenagers I met a woman who encouraged me to become a nurse, her name is Sandra. She said I had great bedside manner and after a few months of her consistently bothering me to go visit a nursing school, I finally did. I loved the curriculum, the many routes I could take and how I could make a difference. Nurse Sandra is the one who encouraged me every step of the way from quizzing me while in school to just checking in with how I’m doing. She had been a Nurse for over 40 years when I met her in 2012.
What is your educational background?
I graduated with my LVN in 2014 and received my license that same year. Soon after graduating I went back to school to keep moving forward with my academic career. I fell in love with research and decided to continue me education at Cal State University Dominguez Hills Where I will be graduating from May 2018. I will be receiving my Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences with an emphasis in Community Health. I am planning on pursing a Master’s program in Spring of 2019.
Do you have a story that you are willing to share from your role as an LVN?
As an LVN one thing I have learned is that your skills are teachable. However, learning how to care, expressing empathy, giving love and becoming a part of someone’s life is unteachable. My first hospice experience was life changing and for that I will be forever grateful because it made me a better nurse, person and companion. I would not have gained this experience if it wasn’t for my time spend as a caregiver with Right at Home.
How long have you been with Right at Home?
I started with Right at Home in 2014, I left for a year to pursue hospice. After getting some experience in Hospice I came back to Right at Home and have here ever since.
What does your role entail?
My role entails training caregivers on how to care for clients with different conditions. It also allows me to interact with the client’s loved ones to make their life easier. However, nothing is better than when I get to spend one on one time with the clients and get to know more about them. I know client’s favorite flavor of ice cream, I know the story of how their pet became a part of the family, and who they were raised with as a child. These small things are important to me because this is what we do, we are caregivers, friends, a team and an ear to listen.
How long have you been an LVN?
I have been an LVN for 4 years now.