Memorial is celebrating Women’s History Month by spotlighting members of our team who are committed to improving the health and wellness of our community. These inspiring women were nominated by their peers. We hope you enjoy learning about them!
Angela is a Registered Nurse in our wound management department.
When asked how she supports Memorial’s mission to heal, inspire, and transform the health of our community, her nominator wrote that Angela has “a well-developed intuition that enables her to not only help patients process any health-related changes to their lives, but also to develop independence and a proactive attitude towards their health. I can say for myself that Angela’s work really does reach out into South Mississippi, a community that often struggles with health.”
Angela answered a few questions so we could learn more about who inspires her.
What goes through your mind when you think of women who joined the workforce before you?
“When I think about the women who joined the workforce before me, I cannot help but feel an immense sense of gratitude and admiration. These women were held to immeasurable standards and had to prove themselves perpetually. Due to their resilience and strength, they paved the way for me and allowed me the opportunity to do what I love.”
Have you drawn professional inspiration from other women? Tell us about someone who has inspired you.
“My professional inspiration has always been my mom. Throughout my childhood, there are two common phrases I heard often. One of those phrases being ‘I love you’ and the other being ‘It doesn’t have to be your job to help out’. My mom encouraged us to always do more than what’s required. Whether that is in our personal life or professional career, one can never be wrong for doing more for others. She perpetuated that belief and I was lucky enough to have a front row seat. My mom worked tirelessly in a male dominated profession and worked her way to the top. Her work ethic and determination gained her the respect and admiration of both her male colleagues and those around her. I am so proud of her and feel so lucky to have had such a wonderful role model. It is because of her, I am the mother, wife, friend and nurse I am today.”
What is one thing you wish more people knew about women in the workplace?
“I wish more people knew that women are frequently underestimated and underutilized in the workplace. As women, we are multifaceted and bring various qualities into the workplace that leads to success. These qualities I speak of are empathy, but most importantly emotional intelligence. Women, being the emotionally intelligent beings we are, have the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions, which helps us provide whole-body support to our patients and their loved ones. So yes, anybody can do a job, but only a strong woman can do it well and with their whole heart.”
Congratulations on your nomination, Angela, and thank you for all you do to support our patients and the community!