Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background in healthcare.
I was born in Guatemala and have spent a lot of time in Latin America. I majored in Spanish literature in college and worked for four years in the translation/interpretation business before deciding to go to nursing school to become a nurse practitioner.
What did you do prior to joining Dynamic Health’s clinical editor team?
I worked for seven years as a family nurse practitioner at a clinic in south Nashville, where about 80 percent of my patients were Spanish-speaking. My other patients came from all over the world, and many of them were uninsured. My work included management of chronic conditions, preventive care such as well woman and well child exams, and urgent care. One of the best (and most challenging parts) of my job was taking care of such a wide range of ages and conditions.
What inspired you to become a healthcare professional?
When I worked as a medical interpreter, I witnessed Spanish-speaking patients receiving inequitable health care, and I wanted to help change the health care landscape in Nashville. I was drawn to become a family nurse practitioner because I strongly believe in the emphasis nursing places on holistic care of patients.
What drew you to work at EBSCO on our clinical decisions products?
I worked as a contract writer for Dynamic Health for two years before learning about an open Clinical Editor position. I really enjoyed the opportunity to delve into medical literature and flex my writing muscles as a contractor, and I was so excited to have the opportunity to do even more as a full-time employee.
What makes you passionate about working in health care?
The opportunity to serve others when they are at their most vulnerable is a very special and unique gift that not everyone gets to experience. Clinicians have the opportunity to forge relationships with people they might not otherwise meet in their day-to-day lives. Here at EBSCO, we strive to support those clinicians and help them provide unparalleled patient care.
What is your advice for people who are thinking about joining the health care space?
Health care is a huge field with so many opportunities, both in direct patient care and beyond. I never imagined that my degree would lead me here to EBSCO. I would recommend focusing on what energizes you and finding a career that affords you work/life balance (as much as possible, anyway!)
Can you talk a little bit about your work on Dynamic Health?
Since I began working at EBSCO in January 2022, I have been focusing a lot of my time on expanding our cultural care collection. This work has allowed me to draw upon my experiences as a clinician, as well as my passion to care for patients who are often underserved. As a team, we believe that providing resources to support clinicians in providing culturally sensitive care is incredibly important as patient populations grow ever more diverse.