Today marks the end of a turning point in my life.
I was really at a low point. I had shoulder surgery and didn’t have the use of my dominant arm, it was winter and the photography money was quickly drying up and I was single for the first time in over 20 years, so I was learning to navigate a new world.
Every day seemed a little more bleak. The bills were starting to pile up and the fear was permeating my life. I started applying to Nursing jobs, but I had been out of Nursing for 10 years, and I was certain no one was going to hire me.
Then, I got two interviews. One was with a Physicians group. And one was with Sentara Ambulatory Care Clinic.
If you have not heard of this place, it is a free Clinic, for the uninsured in our community. They make sure that the uninsured do not go without healthcare. They run MANY clinics to make sure they are giving the best overall care to this population and it’s an amazing gem in Norfolk.
And they took a chance on me.
They knew that I had been out of the nursing field for 10 years, they knew I was down on my luck and they knew they would have to teach me MANY things to get me back to where I was when I left nursing. And they took a chance on me anyway.
They were patient, knowledgeable and caring. They enabled me to care for my Family, by myself. They empowered me to believe in myself, again. And they have given me the confidence to move on and pursue a dream for me to work in the Emergency Room.
Today is my last day at the ACC, and it is going to be bittersweet. I have made many friends, I have grown as a person, I have watched others grow as people, and I have helped to save lives. I will miss the Doctors, Nurses, Staff and Patients so much.
I know on my next journey, I will have MUCH to learn. I intend to be out of my element for a long time, but I know that I will eventually feel less and less like I know nothing and I will grow again.
It is scary to leave something comfortable for the unknown, but I am excited to start a new journey.
Thank you ACC for empowering me to believe that I can do anything if I just ask for help, try my hardest and give my all.