Shayla Monteiro RN has been working with OHC since Oct 2020 – we are glad she choose to join our team!
Here is Shayla’s nursing story!
Why you went to nursing school: I always knew that I wanted a job where I could work with others and help people. I love that there are so many options in the field of nursing and different specialties. I knew that it was a career where I could constantly grow and learn something new each day. I went to nursing school so that I could make a difference in other’s lives and constantly expand my knowledge.
Your jobs: I work for OHC and I also am a nurse at a UMASS Memorial on a Orthopedic and Neurosurgery floor.
How you ended up in occ health: I was referred by a coworker at the hospital I work at and that’s how I ended up at OHC, and I’m so glad I did!
What is your job at OHC like? For OHC, my jobs include working at the Amazon construction site where I screen the workers for COVID symptoms before starting their shift and at Holy Cross where I observe students and faculty as they test themselves for COVID.
Any advice for the next generation of nurses? Study hard and know that there are an abundant amount of opportunities for you in the field of nursing. Your passion may differ from your peers and that’s okay!
In February 2020, I went on a 10 day medical mission trip to Haiti with some nurses and an attending family medicine doctor from UMass. The doctor we went with is from Haiti and partners with a nonprofit organization called APL (Ann Prepare Lavni). We worked alongside the Haitian nurses and doctors for the week and provided a free clinic to those in the community. A lot of it was primary care related. We checked vitals, collected a past medical history and chief complaint. Some tasks included IV hydration, wound care, education and the doctors prescribed medications. I taught a course on CPR to the high school children. Typically, those who live there have to pay out of pocket for any medical care. We had 3 stations: 1. Triage (collecting vitals & history on patient) 2. Treatment room (assessment, education, prescriptions) 3. Pharmacy (fill patients scripts for about a 2 week supply of meds).
It was the most amazing experience and I can’t wait to do it again!