Meet Our Caregivers: Moshanae Summerise

Nursing Student Moshanae SummeriseMoshanae “Mo” Summerise was introduced to Caring House as a student volunteer while enrolled in Los Angeles Harbor College‘s Nursing Program. She said she knew she was going to love working here the moment she walked in.

After she graduated from the nursing program this past Spring, she joined our caregiver team in June, and she said, “It’s the most fulfilling summer I’ve had in a long time.”

As she got to know the residents and families, Mo said she appreciates the more intimate space at Caring House, as opposed to the hospital experiences she had as a nursing student. She has also enjoyed interacting with all the people that come through the house, including developing relationships with the families.

When asked about an impactful part of joining the caregiver team, she said she learned that it’s the small details that matter – combing hair, painting nails, applying perfume or cologne, or playing a resident’s favorite music.

She also noted some key skills and strengths someone needs to excel as a caregiver – compassion, integrity, resilience, basic bedside manner, patience and minding the safety of those in her care. For the latter, she spoke of patiently helping those in her care as they try to move from their beds, ensuring their safety at all times.

Mo said that Caring House has definitely made her consider hospice as a career path, and she is one step closer to that path – she recently passed the NCLEX-RN exam, and is now officially licensed as a registered nurse!

Click here to read more about the LA Harbor College student nurses who volunteered with us.