Nursing careers require a commitment to education and professional development. At Carle Health, we recognize that support for overcoming barriers is a critical component of success in building racial diversity in nursing.
Thanks to a grant from the Women’s Legacy Circle, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) distributed a $9,000 education award to black team members interested in pursuing nursing. Adrienne Littlepaige, Certified Medical Assistant/Registered Medical Assistant (CMA/RMA) at Fairchild’s Carle Danville, and Tyeonia Jake, Medical Technician (HCT) in the Emergency Department (ED), were selected as honorees. Her two teams were her members.
“Adrienne and Tyeonia have demonstrated a commitment to education and professional development,” said DEI Specialist Demario Turner. “And through their personal stories, connections, and experiences of what drew them to a career in nursing, they developed a clear vision of the goals they wanted to achieve and the impact their diversity would have on this profession and patient care. I have.”
When Adrienne Littlepaige saw an article on building racial diversity in nursing staff education awards, CLICK, she knew she had to apply. For many years, Little Page dreamed of becoming a nurse. However, she had nearly given up on the idea after encountering many obstacles.
“I was a teenage mother. I got a CNA after I got married and my son was a little bit older,” said Little Page. “Then I started taking nursing classes and my life changed. Happened and failed class. So I thought I was done. I can’t get it, it’s not for me
Little Page tried to put those ambitions aside. However, her desire to cherish others never wavered.
“I love taking care of people and it never went away. I did it,’ said Little Page.
Little Page had never applied for an education award before, so she didn’t know what to expect. But Turner was helpful throughout the process. She was thrilled to find out she was named one of the winners and reassured her that she was on the right track.
“I am a firm believer in God, so I felt this was a sign. My mother said to me, ‘This is what you must do. This is open for you.’ It’s a door, so go through it.
Little Page is looking forward to completing her nursing education so she can bring compassion and positivity to her patients. She’s interested in working in obstetrics and gynecology, but she’s excited to go wherever this road leads.
For someone like Tionia Jake, who has many families, a career in nursing may seem inevitable. Work in nursing and nursing-adjacent roles. However, her desire to pursue her career stemmed much more from her personal experiences.
“I had the opportunity to stand by my 99-year-old grandmother’s bedside who had a stroke,” said Jake. “Until the last time she was with us, she was able to provide her with her regular care and comfort.”
This time, a deep appreciation for caring instilled in her and led her into the healthcare field.
“I have learned the importance of providing compassionate care and service to patients and families during the most vulnerable times of their lives,” said Jake. “There is no more intrinsic reward than being able to see them go home better than when they came, and to know that my contribution made even the slightest difference.”
Working in ED, Jake enjoys the fast-paced environment and the immediate care his patients receive. She will begin her nursing program next fall with the aim of advancing her nursing career in the ED. As a recipient of the Building Racial Diversity in Nursing Staff Education award, her goal just got a little easier.
“As a single parent of two, this helps me manage the costs associated with tuition and childcare,” Jake said. “And I was one step closer to advancing my nursing education and ultimately my career goals.”
Jake recognizes the need for this award and is grateful to work for an organization that is looking to diversity in nursing.
“This will have implications for culturally appropriate care,” Jake said. “Minority patients are more likely to be more open, transparent, and trustworthy when they meet or receive care from people who are similar to them and can relate to their experiences.”
Jake also expects this will help address some of the undisclosed barriers minority groups face in pursuing careers in advanced patient care.
“I hope my role will inspire other minority groups to pursue careers in nursing for the very purpose of reflecting the communities we serve,” Jake said. Told. “A more diverse nursing staff will enhance patient care, services and experiences.”
Congratulations to all team members who were selected to receive awards through the Building Racial Diversity in Nursing Staff Fund.
|Sarah Beck||Curl Tower 6B|
|Ariel Burks||windsor family med|
|Danielle Gardner||CT9A Medium/Surgery|
|Debriana Gibbony||Family Medicine – Curtis|
|Tionia Jake||emergency department|
|Shanetta Jenkins||Windsor Road Family Medicine|
|Adrian Littlepage||Danville Fairchild Family Medicine|
|Nicole Pearson||Home health care intake/referral|
|Teshema Scott||environmental services|
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Women’s Legacy Circle