Being in a leadership position gives one the opportunity to influence change and empower people to become an active part of the bigger picture.
My motivation has always been to help people and our communities. In community case management, we always had the philosophy to work ourselves out of a job. However, we need to empower people and communities, not by giving them fish, but by teaching them how to fish. When I first started in management, we were required to serve as an advisor for Junior Achievement for one year. We helped students learn about building a business. It’s a wonderful way for new managers to be able to learn and coach others at the same time. This was an excellent experience for one and all. Overall, my career in nursing has been an incredible journey. It is hard to explain how much joy, energy, and satisfaction I receive from this work! I feel very blessed every day to do this.
Advice for girls
Take a risk, start, and don’t use excuses! Take action and learn from things that didn’t go well to improve your next project or initiative. Get out of your comfort zone and take joy in your courage to move ahead!
We need to tell our stories. We need to understand the system we work in and then use that information to advocate, influence, and reward others.