“The most important thing anyone has in this life is time,” says Jabbar "JB" Bishi. “How you choose to spend your time is up to you.”
He chooses to spend his time making things better for others.
As a patient care technician in Wilmot’s Hematology/Oncology unit (WCC7), JB sees his job as an opportunity to be of service to those around him. Every day, he helps patients with day-to-day activities like dressing, bathing and walking. He assists the nursing team with recording vital signs, drawing blood for lab work and helping to answer call lights.
“It’s important to use what you have to make their lives better,” he says. Growing up in a bicultural family, JB says he learned a lot from his parents’ experiences. Those lessons shaped his perspective and help him relate to patients from all walks of life.
JB, who has always wanted to work in health care, joined Wilmot’s team in 2014. He’d been working in the hospital’s Food and Nutrition Services, delivering meals in the cancer center, and he was drawn to WCC7’s culture — how they work together and interact with patients.
“The caliber of nurses here is good,” he says. “They really know their stuff.”
He enjoys his work and being part of an encouraging team.
“I like being supportive, making myself available and learning from their experiences too,” says JB, who is working toward nursing school.
“We work on ourselves and our team structure to be able to give the best care possible on a daily basis,” he says. “That means we are constantly educating ourselves and balancing our personal lives so that we can be present each and every moment of their care. We want you to be as whole as possible so you can live the life that you want to.”