We’re excited to introduce the CareerStaff Unlimited Clinicians of the Month for April 2022! Meet Jeremy, Courtney, and Annmarie, 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!
Jeremy, an LPN, has been a part of the CareerStaff family for more than a year and is enjoying his experience so far.
“Everyone within the company is very supportive,” he tells us. “As I started out as a newer nurse, I was welcomed with open arms. It allowed me to feel completely comfortable. To this day, they are still there for me when I need them. They’re always compassionate and understanding, and allow you to be flexible.”
Jeremy has always enjoyed helping others. He also admired how nursing is always changing and knew that it was the right industry for him.
“I chose nursing as my career path because I have always enjoyed helping people,” he tells us. “Nursing is one of the most respected professions. What I love about nursing is that it is constantly evolving; there are so many things that you can do in the profession, so you don’t have to stick to one specialty. If there is an area of interest that is not yet created, you can create it,” he said.
Being able to help and care for his patients is the most important part of his career.
“Knowing that my care, touch, voice, and time can help a patient make it through the night is one of the most rewarding feelings. Sometimes, it’s the little things that you do for your patient that make a difference.”
Jeremy tells us that knowing he is making a difference is the best part of his day.
“Walking into a patient’s room and seeing them smile brings joy and fulfillment. Being able to help them with their needs and make a difference is truly rewarding,” he tells us.
“I love hearing ‘We are happy you are our nurse today,’ because it makes me know that I’m doing my job. It also lets me know that my patients feel they are in good hands and that they feel safe.”
The compassionate and caring nature of this industry is what Jeremy truly finds the most inspirational about healthcare.
“There are endless possibilities within the healthcare profession that makes it inspirational,” he tells us. “Working in the healthcare industry allows one to nurture their desire to help others while earning a living,” he tells us.
“You could help save a life or help bring a new one into the world. You can care for patients as they recover, assist families through some of the most difficult times in their lives, or work behind the scenes to keep a medical facility running smoothly.”
During his time in healthcare, Jeremy has learned a lot but says the real power of learning comes from working with his peers.
“The biggest thing I’ve learned in my nursing career thus far that others should know is to never be afraid to ask for help,” he said. “You may not be able to do everything yourself, but together we can do anything. We learn from one another and can guide one another when in need. It’s also important to keep your eyes, ears, and heart open and remember why you chose to become a healthcare worker.”
4 Quick Questions:
What’s the personal accomplishment of which you’re most proud? “My biggest accomplishment thus far is being asked to train and mentor new nurses. I have only been a nurse for a little over a year and still feel like a new nurse myself. There are still so many things for me to learn. Therefore, when I was asked to train and mentor new nurses, it felt wonderful! Being able to show them the ropes and make them feel comfortable to manage the floor alone is a great feeling.”
What’s the hardest part of your job? “Managing time can be difficult. Some days can be tougher than others, while other days can be smooth sailing.”
What’s your favorite memory about being a clinician? “My favorite memory thus far is when one of my patients told me that I am in the wrong profession. I walked in to give the patient her medications one day, and she told me I shouldn’t be nursing. I asked what made her think this? She told me that I should be in a modeling or acting career because of my personality. She then responded, ‘thankfully you didn’t choose another profession though, because we are very lucky to have you.’ We both laughed and smiled. Every time I see this patient now, it has become our inside joke.”
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 being short-staffed, especially in the time of the Covid pandemic. People are losing their jobs because they don’t want to become vaccinated. Life concerns are getting in the way of employees getting to work. Others quit because they don’t feel like they’re getting paid for what they deserve. Even people calling out due to being so burnt out.”
Walking into a patient’s room and seeing them smile brings joy and fulfillment. Being able to help them with their needs and make a difference is truly rewarding.
A certified nursing assistant, Courtney knew from a young age that she would have a career in healthcare. “I was ten years old and I knew healthcare was my destiny.”
Courtney joined the CareerStaff family earlier this year and has been enjoying it! “My favorite memory of working with CareerStaff was the day my recruiter called me and said I’m officially a part of the CareerStaff family.”
During her time as a CNA, she’s made many memories, but one in particular sticks out the most to her – gaining the trust of a patient.
“I was able to gain the trust of a man with dementia that would now allow most staff to touch him, to allow me to comfort him and reassure him he is in a safe space,” she tells us. “From that point on he always allowed me to provide him care and we have gained a bond ever since.”
Courtney’s ability to connect with her patients and earn their trust is what she finds the most inspirational about working in healthcare.
“The most inspiration I get in working in healthcare is for someone that I provide care for verbally tell me that they trust me, they feel safe with my care, they are happy and they know that I will do the job to the best of my ability.”
Courtney’s experiences have given her a great understanding of the needs of her patients and the importance of being empathetic – something she believes is important for younger healthcare professionals to have.
“Being patient will take you so far in healthcare. Being a human having empathy is very much necessary in this line of work as well.”
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 the urgency. Healthcare workers are needed more than ever in my opinion.”
What’s the personal accomplishment of which you’re most proud? “Getting my CNA license.”
What’s the best part of your day? “The best part of my day is a job well done. I came. I accomplished. I can relax.”
What is the hardest part of your day? “The hardest part of my day is the loss of a patient or client.”
Being patient will take you so far in healthcare. Being a human having empathy is very much necessary in this line of work as well.
Like Jeremy and Courtney, Annmarie has always known that she would have a career in healthcare.
Working as a certified nursing assistant, Annamarie became a member of the CareerStaff family over a year ago and has been enjoying it.
“I like the flexibility to choose my own days to work. They always schedule me for work and keep me informed about everything happening,” she tells us.
A devoted and caring nurse, Annmarie enjoys teamwork and being able to help others at work, something she’s seen change over the course of her career.
She also tells us she finds helping her patients in their time of need the most inspirational part of a career in healthcare and shares her advice for younger healthcare professionals just starting out – spend time with patients.
“Learn how to take care of the elderly and spend time with them, and listen to what they have to say.”
Thank you to all three of our Clinicians of the Month for April 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 work every day.
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