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Veronica Baptista, Caregiver of the Month at CareHop, smiles at the camera while holding her certificate.

Veronica Baptista RN

Caregiver of the month September

Nurse Veronica consistently demonstrates her unwavering commitment to her clients, going above and beyond to meet their needs. Veronica is warm and easy to talk to. Through this, she has formed profound connections with her clients and their families  Veronica actively seeks out opportunities to establish a deeper understanding of each client, allowing her to provide even better care. Veronica’s skills are fantastic, and she continues to grow as she invests time to attending various training sessions.

What’s the hardest part of being a Caregiver?

The hardest part of being a Caregiver is the sheer responsibility of providing care to another human being, particularly when the individual is medically complex and when you work without the benefit of support from other healthcare professionals.

What are some of your achievements as a Caregiver?

My greatest nursing achievement has been receiving my Master’s of Science in Health and Social Care. It was a really rigorous programme, and I had almost all of life’s curve balls thrown at me while studying. I had a little girl and a brand new baby, and it was the hardest thing I have ever done by far! I know it might sound cliche, but honestly, if I can do it, so can you! It takes sheer will and determination, but if you want it, you can absolutely achieve it!

What is one fact about you that others might not know?

I moved to Canada from Bermuda two years ago. Since being here, I’ve been enjoying listening to soca music more and more. I love dancing around to my soca at home when no one’s watching. Guess it makes me feel a little more connected to home. One of my favourite songs right now is “Happy Papi.” I dare you to listen to it and not get happy!

What is your favourite quote?

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” — Helen Keller

What advice would you give to other caregivers or those who aspire to become one?

I know that a lot of people are down about the medical profession, especially the nursing profession, right now. Nurses and all other caregivers can be very under appreciated, and let’s face it, the monetary value is not really there either. However, I cannot imagine being anything other than a nurse. I love caring for others and helping them along their journey. I encourage anyone who tells me that they are interested in nursing to go for it! I tell them that nursing is one of the most diverse professions that anyone can choose. To me, it’s impossible to get bored; you can work at the bedside in hospital, in the community, you can work in a clinic, you can teach, you can be research-based, you can work with children, with babies, with adults, in mental health, in disease prevention… the possibilities are virtually limitless and in any combination… And for someone who enjoys learning, like me, you can’t get stagnant! How many professions can boast all of that? To those who are already in the profession, I would say, take advantage of your learning opportunities and keep on growing as a healthcare professional. If you do that, doors will keep on opening for you.

What is your favourite food/recipe?

While awaiting my work authorization, I decided that I was going to start taking better care of myself. I had nothing but time on my hands! So I started experimenting with some healthy recipes. One of my favourite meals now is Bibimbap, which is a Korean mixed rice dish. I make mine with a crispy tofu mixed in a peanut sauce. I make plain rice, which goes in the bottom of my bowl. To that I add grated carrot and radish. I sauté kale with garlic and add a little sea salt, and that goes in the bowl. (You can add in any veggies that you like though.) The crispy tofu then gets added in. It’s topped off with a sunny side up fried egg and a spicy Korean paste. It’s absolute deliciousness!!!!