I Am Not the Girl
Memoirs of a Certified Nursing Assistant
Ruth Tosic has been a certified nursing assistant for more than ten years. She absolutely loves the work. If anyone would have told her me that this profession would have been her true calling, she says that she would have laughed in their face. Being a certified nursing assistant, she says, gives her inspiration, a sense of pride, and a better understanding of the aging process.
Now she is driven to share with the world her memories of a flawed system. She hopes that health-care. professionals and family members can get it right.
She is candid about her remembrances of those years: moments that led her to laugh, cry, and even consider suicide. Her narrative relishes her current situation, but still flashes back to her dysfunctional family conditions, sketches of nerve-wracking patients, and delusionary thoughts about resolving her pain.
At the end, readers understand her memoirs as a prescription for what Tosic sees as a call to both the health-care community and those family members who must consider home care for their loved ones–especially for senior citizens.
What should the fundamental nature of healthcare be? The solution, she says is simple: Just care for those individuals who are unable to care for themselves.
Author: Ruth Tosic
Paperback, 80 pp, $9.95
ISBN-13 : 979-8760037916