Please join us in congratulating Bethany (SLP), Bryan (RN) and Daveena (RRT), our CareerStaff Clinicians of the Month for September, 2020! Read on to meet these amazing caregivers, and to learn a little bit more about the day-to-day life of a CareerStaff clinicians. And as always, thank YOU to all the healthcare professionals working hard to provide great care during this difficult time. You are appreciated!
Graduating with her Master’s in speech-language pathology (SLP) in December 2019, Bethany has been working with CareerStaff for less than a year, and loving the experience! “I couldn’t have asked for a better support team entering the field as a new clinician,” she told us.
“I have gone to school for a long time awaiting the day I can finally do what I love, and now that I am here, I realize that I still have a LOT to learn. I’m learning how I can improve my clinical skills every day, even when some days are harder than others,” she added.
“I want healthcare professionals to remember how special our professions are, and that we do so much for this world. I am so passionate about this field, and so grateful to be able to continue to help others communicate more effectively.”
Bethany told us about when she first realized she was destined for a career helping others.
“When I was in high school, a family friend, Mrs. D., received the diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is a progressive nervous system disease where you eventually lose all muscle control in your body,” she recalled.
“I had always been interested in speech therapy, due to my brother having received it when he was younger, but I was still unsure of what I wanted to go to school for. While I was visiting Mrs. D., she remembered that I was interested in being an SLP and asked if I would like to accompany her to her speech therapy sessions at UCF.
“I remember going with her to several of her therapy sessions and feeling so blessed to have been a part of her life during this time. Even though she was hurting and losing control over her own life, she was selfless enough to think of me. When she passed away, I knew that I wanted to continue to help people the way that the SLPs helped her.
So far, she’s made true on that goal, and then some — and made many memories along the way.
“One of my favorite memories in my short time of being a clinician was working with a child at my school. When I first started, the student had no meaningful, verbal language modality. By the end of the school year, language exploded from this kiddo and we learned almost 15 words for requesting and commenting verbally! It was awesome!”
“Everyone is so encouraging and helpful … You guys rock!”
Even during the inevitable hiccups of day-to-day life, Bethany appreciates the help of the CareerStaff team in smoothing things over quickly.
“Sometimes paperwork and external circumstances don’t always go to plan … (i.e., receiving provisional licenses, Medicaid insurance, etc.),” she said, “but I have never felt alone in anything that I have done with this company. Everyone is so encouraging and helpful when things don’t work out the way you had originally hoped due to external unforeseen circumstances. You guys rock!”
4 Quick Questions
What have you learned in 2020? “It has been so amazing to see how we have been able to adapt in a situation that’s less than ideal, and learn how to still provide services to our students. Teletherapy is something that I never thought I would do this year, but I have learned so much about the practice, as well as how I am as a clinician.”
What do you find most inspirational about your work? “When you work in healthcare, you learn so many life lessons and skills. You learn how to adapt quickly to changing circumstances, put others’ needs before your own, and develop a solid work ethic. I am beyond proud to be in a field where I can better myself as a person while doing what I love.”
What’s the best part of your day? “Seeing a child work really hard on one of their goals, and then light up when they realize they got it! It is so rewarding as a clinician to see your kids make progress on their goals, but also recognize that their hard work is paying off.”
What accomplishment are you most proud of? “I am extremely proud of myself for being the youngest person in my cohort to graduate with a Master’s degree in SLP.
“Aside from that, I am also proud to have conducted teletherapy with no prior experience with very little children for 30-minute sessions. It was no easy feat, but goals were met, and progress was made. I am excited for many more accomplishments in the future, as I continue to progress in my field.”
So are we, Bethany! Thanks for being a CareerStaff clinician!
Daveena became a registered respiratory therapist after retiring from her first career — a choice inspired by taking care of her ill grandmother, who was a retired RN. Since then, she’s worked tirelessly to care for others, including an experience where she actually broke her ribs “during compressions allowing a patient to receive ROSC!”
She’s now logged almost half a decade of work as an RRT, and is quickly approaching her first-year anniversary with CareerStaff.
“It’s inspiring to make a difference in the positive change of a patients every day improvement in their health,” she told us. “I’ve seen clinicians move on and move up. It’s great to see them improve their lives and careers.”
4 Quick Questions
What’s the best part of your day? “Making a connection with my patient and seeing them smile, even when in pain.”
What’s the hardest part of your job? “Working with and instructing a non-complaint patient.”
Is there anything you’ve learned over the course of your career you’d like to share with other clinicians? “Some patients are very sick and angry and will sometimes lash out. Be patient and take nothing personal.”
What’s your favorite thing about CareerStaff? “My recruiter Maria being available whenever I need her!”
Bryan has been a clinician for 27 years, transitioning in 1983 from his earlier job in a nursing home. As someone who’s also joined the CareerStaff network as a registered nurse in the heart of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s safe to say that caring for others is a driving force for this dedicated health professional.
With extensive experience on the academic side of care, he cited “calling mothers of freshmen students to let them know that their student nurse would progress to the next level” as his favorite career memory. Healthcare is a particularly inspirational career, he told us, because of the continuous chance to learn new things from people “that disproves my belief that I know it all.”
As far as those first few months with CareerStaff, Bryan told us that, so far, he’s enjoyed working “with great people in great locations.”
4 Quick Questions
What’s the best part of your day? “Early morning preparing for the day.”
What’s the hardest part of your job? “Being the one who nags you daily to keep your guard up, don’t be complacent, protect yourself and those whom you love.”
What’s your favorite memory about being a clinician? “Teaching level 1 nursing students at clinical.”
What have you learned over the course of your career that you think other healthcare professionals should know? “Always carry a spoon in your bag.”
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