uring her sophomore year of nursing school, Alexandra Ford ’19, spent her nights caring for her great-grandmother who was suffering from dementia — making sure she was taking her medication and staying safe.
The journey to this appropriate care, however, had not been an easy one. Ford’s great-grandmother was initially misdiagnosed with psychiatric issues, shuffled between 30 different hospital rooms in less than 3 months, and eventually placed in solitary in a psychiatric ward.
This experience showed the future nurse the negative side of health care. After witnessing the contrast in treatment her great-grandmother received from respectful medical providers compared to desensitized ones, Ford knew the kind she wanted to be.