Nov 09, 2021
My name is Oscar Perez-Lagos and I’ve worked at Nowra Private Hospital for 1 year and almost 3 months.
Describe your job without using a position title?
My job allows me to be attentive, caring, empathetic, energetic, friendly and optimistic. So far in my career there is no such thing as a typical day. Each day holds different challenges and rewards. Everyone one of us has certain strengths, passion, and expertise.
My colleagues became family, and my patients became a blessing in allowing me to care for them. Caring for patients involves so much more than checking charts and giving medicine. Caring for patients includes laughing and crying with them as well as sharing stories, pain and joy. I never could have imagined how being allowed to care for and participate in the life of others would enrich my life.
What motivates you and why?
What really motivates me at the close of each shift is knowing that I made a real difference in the lives of those God placed in my care. Knowing I can make a difference makes even the toughest days’ worth it all.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Great question! Life is short. The list of things I want to learn to do is extremely long!
In the last few years a few of the things I have tried dabbling in include: kayaking, photography, 8mm film videography and many more. I find, at this point in my life, I want “experiences” not necessarily things. Or maybe I just want to be able to claim that I truly am a Jack of all trades, master of none!
What does the Year of Health and Care Workers mean to you?
For me it means the recognition of the dedication and sacrifice of the millions of health and care workers during these hard times that everyone has been through.
What would you say to inspire future generations of workers in health care?
Be open and make a shift in your mindset by asking more questions, but, above all, learn to listen; truly listening to others will change your life.