19 Replies Latest reply on Jan 16, 2019 10:37 AM by Carol Flores

    What got you started in healthcare?

      Whether you are a nurse, administrator, physician, hospital officer, or HLC admin, we'd love to hear your story about what inspired you to do what you're doing now.

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          I was asked this question recently in an Emerging Leaders class and the only thing I could think of at the time was "I was born in a hospital." Got some laughs out of it. Ok so for real, I got started in Healthcare doing community health education and fundraising for the American Lung Association of Florida. Later I worked in Higher education, but returned again to Healthcare in a position with Nemours Children's Health system where I was an instructional designer and eLearning designer/developer. For the past five years I've been with Baptist Health in Jacksonville Florida. I like working in Healthcare, and the organization I currently work for, because of the mission to improve peoples' lives. And it's meaningful to work collaboratively with others who share a common commitment to the values of the organization.

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            I worked at Hospice Palliative Care of Greensboro as an intern in college and loved the atmosphere and the ability to help as well as the job security.

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              Virginia Fleeger

              I sort of fell into it by accident.  When my previous office manager/personal assistant job went away, I was at the end of my unemployment benefits, I applied anywhere they would take my application (all paper process back then) because jobs were in short order at the time with not much available.  One day I got a call to interview for a part-time position I didn't even remember applying for, but I went anyway. I still remember parts of the interview 13 years later. They told me they would be interviewing for the rest of the week, and they would let me know the following week if they were interested.  Late that afternoon I got a call from the hiring manager asking me if I could start the next day. They must have been impressed or desperate .  The rest, as they say, is history.  I started part-time but was quickly bumped to full time and my job duties were expanded to managing other duties, among which was an early generation LMS. From that I easily rolled into the institution admin role for HealthStream (starting with classic), and that is where my heart has been.  My title is Nursing Education Assistant, a rather innocuous title for all the host of roles I play at my organization - LMS administrator, AHA Training Center coordinator, certification classes coordinator, office manager to name a few.  What I love most is the Providence mission of serving all people especially the poor and vulnerable and while I don't touch the patient, I am helping those who do care for the patients by providing them the classes and education they need to do their jobs effectively. 

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                Brock Bradshaw

                What inspired me to become a nurse? My overall compassion to help, and care for others is initially what brought me into the profession. Growing up with my grandparents has introduced me to many medical problems that particularly deal with the geriatric group so being in that situation sparked my interest to know what is going on with their health. Not having any prior medical experience I would find myself lost in trying to understand why they had to stick to such strict regimens for their day to day/ future health. This thirst to understand the why they are going through different disease processes as well as the drive to care for others is what pushed me to growing into the nursing practice. 

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                  Madison McCarty

                  What got me started in healthcare?

                  While growing up, I was very close to my great grandmother. At the age of 92 she passed away with pneumonia and Alzheimer's, in this hospital actually. The nurses, during that tough time, were so helpful and kind to my family.  I hoped that one day I could be as helpful and kind loving as the ladies were to us. At the young age of 14, I decided it was my desire to become a nurse to help heal and care for other people.  I have a great desire to help care for my patients.

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                    BRANDIE FRANCO

                    What got me started in healthcare?

                    I started out working at a doctors office as a receptionist and worked my way to the back of the office to help the nurse.  I realized I loved the hands on experience that I got and the feeling I got to help patients. It was then that I decided I wanted to be a nurse. I ended up not getting to go for 10 yrs due to unforeseen circumstances, but the opportunity finally came and I was able to go. It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, but well worth it.  Who knew I would finally accomplish my dream of being a nurse at 37?

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                      Melody Brents

                      I was inspired to become a nurse while my mom was sick & spent a lot of time in St. Michael, Parkland, & Wadley. I've always wanted to do something in the medical field, but after seeing all of the different nurses in all of the different facilities, I just knew that nursing is what I wanted to do.

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                        Ashley Ritchie

                        What got you started in healthcare?

                         

                        I was born with a congenital heart defect, so spending time in the hospital started at birth for me. Through out my life I have spent a good amount of time in and out of the doctor's offices for check ups and hospitals for occasional surgeries along the way. Given my health history, I have had the opportunity to meet so many great doctors, nurses, x ray technicians, and various other hospital staff. All of these people have in some way impacted my life and helped me get to where I am today. I can't help to think about all of the incredible nurses I have had over the years. From a young age, I knew I wanted to have a career in the medical field and help others like those who have cared for me, I just didn't know exactly what path I wanted to take. I thought about several careers; from working in the lab, to radiology, to therapy, and finally to nursing. I was so drawn to nursing in the end because I felt like it provided many options, whether I decided to work with older adults, or children; and the different types of nursing that is available. I love how as a nurse, I am able to play a part in my patients' holistic care and hopefully be able to positively impact their lives like so many have done for me. Even if it's just making a small difference in their healing journey. Given this opportunity, I am able to care for my patients and build a relationship with them in order to help them through a rough or difficult time in their lives, and hopefully help get them back to where they want to be.

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                          kassandra zamora

                          My mom being in the hospital for SVT was scary. I remember the nurses doing the best they could in the emergency rooms to not lose her and the kindness we had when she was transferred to different floors after being stable. I appreciated the care my mom received by the nurses at this hospital. I wanted help others and I decided to start as a CNA before I went to nursing school!

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                            Keri Hawkins

                            My uncle was a nurse in the navy and a prominent male figure during my childhood. He was a very strict & tough man. We'd get out of school and have to read encyclopedias instead of nice kids books. LOL!  Any who, through all of his toughness he seemed so happy and alive when he'd tell us about things he'd done to help others or the many people he'd met. I knew then I wanted to share those conversations with him. Unfortunately he passed away from a massive stroke before I graduated. Still to this day I wish I could share my experiences with him.