What is your job at Sheppard Pratt?
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner at the Baltimore/Washington Campus Psychiatric Urgent Care. People come to us seeking help for depression, anxiety, addiction, and more, and we help assess their situation and connect them to the care they need.
What do you enjoy most about working at Sheppard Pratt?
I love that our organization is filled with lovely people and is a place where people get a second chance in life.
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
I draw my energy and inspiration from the Psychiatric Urgent Care team. What an inspiring group! They truly inspire me to do better each day.
What has been your proudest moment at work?
I remember a young man who came to us very late one Saturday. He was suicidal. After my assessment, he opened up to me and started crying. He said, “I don’t even know why I am telling you this.” We spoke for some time. I convinced him to come inpatient to stabilize and recover in a safe place. I believe the fact that we were there when he needed us saved this young man’s life.
What is something you have done outside work that you are proud of?
I am proud to be able to help those in need, even strangers. Recently, I saw a gentleman trying to pay for a gallon of milk. He was short of money and was about to walk away. I am blessed enough to be able to pay for it and gladly did so. That kind of service makes me proud in the humblest way.
Where is your favorite place you have traveled?
Italy, particularly Venice. Venice is so beautiful with its Renaissance buildings and unbelievable architecture. Its culture and food also make it stand out from other areas I have visited.
What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
Sit by a window early in the morning with a cup of espresso!
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet and why?
I would want to meet Mother Theresa and ask how she managed to help and love so many. I would also want to see my parents again. I’d thank them for how they raised me and all the love they instilled in me.