We’re excited to introduce the CareerStaff Unlimited Clinicians of the Month for June 2022! Meet Alexis, Mark, Melanie, and Luetece, nursing professionals from across the United States.
We’re proud of these amazing professionals, and we’re honored to have them on our team. We’re also thankful to every nurse, therapist, clinician and all the other clinical professionals working hard to provide patient care. You are appreciated!
Alexis, a CNA, has been a part of the CareerStaff family for six years and has so far enjoyed her time working with Veterans. She tells us her time working with CareerStaff has allowed her to grow in her career.
“I’ve gone from a new CNA, to a trainer, to a CNA 4 supervisor, to now being an educator,” she tells us.
Her career growth throughout the years has helped her to be able to connect and make a difference in the lives of patients she cares for. She loves “coming to work each day to see genuine smiles and happiness from the members.”
Her passion for her job carries over to her advice for younger healthcare professionals.
“Take each day as it comes, there will be good days and there will be bad days regardless of where you work. Once you find a great company and facility to work at you will truly love coming to work each day. Remember you are making a difference in each person’s life that you come across and they truly depend on you. Time flies when you’re having fun and enjoying your job!”
Alexis tells us she finds that “knowing you are improving many people’s quality of life and creating relationships with them” the most inspirational part of working in healthcare.
This inspiration is also what helped her to pursue a career in healthcare after her grandmother was placed in a nursing home for physical therapy.
“I saw how poorly she was cared for, I knew I wanted to get into the field to make a difference for our elders and give them the quality care they deserve,” she tells us.
4 Quick Questions
What’s the best part of your day? “Seeing how happy our staff is to come to work as well as the members and how well cared for they are.”
What’s the hardest part of your job? “Staying on top of and in compliance for all educations needed by our staff.”
How long have you been a clinician? “6 years.”
What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the day-to-day life of the working clinician over the past 10 years? “The communication is much better as well as the work environment.”
A certified nursing assistant for 17 years, Mark tells us that he has “I’ve always known I absolutely love taking care and assisting people in any way I possibly can.”
Mark joined the CareerStaff family earlier this year and has been enjoying it! “I have an awesome recruiter. He’s really good at instructions and communicating.”
Mark’s ability to connect with his patients and make a difference are his favorite things about being a clinician and are what he finds the most inspirational about working in healthcare.
“Knowing that I’m a part of something bigger than myself… and putting smiles on patients and families’ faces is what I find the most inspirational,” he tells us.
Mark’s experiences and a positive mindset are something he believes to be important for younger healthcare professionals to have. “We’re never too old to learn something new… Show up on time and do what’s expected of you…they will go much further with a positive mindset.”
4 Quick Questions
What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the day-to-day life of the working clinician over the past 10 years? “The biggest unfortunate change was/is Covid.”
What’s the personal accomplishment of which you’re most proud? “Making my mom proud.”
What’s the best part of your day? “Mornings after a good cup of coffee.”
What is the hardest part of your day? “The feeling that I didn’t get anything accomplished.”
Melanie, an RN, has always known since a young age that she would have a career in healthcare.
“When I was 10 years old, my grandmother became blind and I was obliged to take care of her,” she tells us. “I started to learn how to check blood sugars and give her medications that were pre-packed by my mom. My grandmother would take me around to guide her as she sold stuff for us to have money to pay for school and have food on the table. At a young age, I have been disciplined to take care of my elders.”
Working as a registered nurse for 11 years, Melanie became a member of the CareerStaff family earlier this year and has been enjoying it, especially working with her recruiter.
“My recruiter Rebecca is always so accommodating. She is also very fast and efficient. When I ask her something, she immediately responds back.,” she tells us.
A devoted and caring nurse, Melanie tells us the most inspirational aspect of working in healthcare is helping a patient heal.
“Seeing all the patients improve from a critical/ life-threatening situation,” she tells us. “Every time I get patients that are in a critical condition, I make sure I take really good care of them. If they get better and get discharged, I always think of it as an inspiration, she said.” “Also, dog therapy!”
Her caring heart and determination went above and beyond when she raised money for a patient.
“I was able to help out a patient who was not able to be discharged because he did not have money to buy an oxygen tank,” she tells us. “I asked my coworkers if we can all gather the amount of money needed to buy an oxygen tank. The patient was able to get discharged and he was so grateful to all of us. That time, made me realize why I love my job.”
Melanie also shared her advice with us on what she thinks is important for young healthcare professionals to know.
“I think that young professionals should learn how to listen. Most new graduates tend to get upset when they are being taught or encouraged to do things that needed to be done in a way. Sometimes they can be disrespectful to older nurses. Also, bedside care is a priority. Less phone use when at work.”
4 Quick Questions
What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the day-to-day life of the working clinician over the past 10 years? “The biggest change I’ve seen is that the patients are getting worse. Most of the patients come back with the same problem because they are not compliant. Another change is that the charting system is getting more demanding. Nurses tend to have less time for patient care as the charting becomes a priority.”
What’s the personal accomplishment of which you’re most proud? “Being an ICARE nominee.”
What’s the best part of your day? “Saving lives.”
What is the hardest part of your day? “When I have to deal with a difficult family member when my patient starts to decline and I have to spend time with them while hoping my other patients will be okay.”
Luetece has been a CNA for two years but has been working in the healthcare industry for much longer. At the age of 16, she realized her passion for a career in healthcare.
“When I was 16 years old and my grandma had a silent stroke,” she tells us. “I was trained to be her caregiver and I knew right then this was my passion to care for others.”
A part of the CareerStaff family since December, Luetece tells us she’s enjoyed her time thus far and her favorite part is being able to block books so she can “get to know all my residents.”
During her career, Luetece tells us some of her favorite memories consist of getting to spend time with residents where she enjoyed “keeping them in good spirits.”
This rings true for what she finds the most inspirational aspect of her career in healthcare: being able to connect with her residents.
“I look at working in healthcare as more than a job I get to know my residents personally and build a relationship with them over time we become family,” she tells us.
This sentiment is echoed in her advice to younger healthcare professionals just starting out in their careers.
“I still learn from the older CNAs that be in this field longer than me. But you must always remember to put the resident first.”
4 Quick Questions
What’s the best part of your day? “The best part of my day is when I’m caring for my residents and they tell me how such a good job I’m doing
What’s the hardest part of your job? “The hardest part of my day is when my residents don’t want me to leave”
What’s your favorite memory about being a clinician? “Was working in memory care when you have to live in the resident world it was always good keeping them in good spirits instead of telling them the right thing.”
What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the day-to-day life of the working clinician over the past 10 years? “The biggest change I have seen since working clinically is the Covid 19 pandemic.”
Thank you to all three of our Clinicians of the Month for June 2022. Once again, we want to say how honored we are to have them on our team, and for all of the other nurses, clinicians, and healthcare professionals doing incredible and dedicated work every day.
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