Jess finished cleaning the patient's feeding tube. Then she recorded his blood pressure on his chart, checked his blood glucose, and measured out his medication. Seeing his discomfort she assessed his breakthrough pain level at seven and gave him a rescue shot of pain medication. That done, she settled down to work at her computer.
Jody is not a physician or a nurse. She has no formal medical training. She's one of the unsung heroes of today's health care system -- a caregiver. The patient is her elderly father who has multiple medical conditions and depends on his daughter's care.