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Nurses Week Spotlight - MTA Stella at Union County, TN

I always knew I wanted to be a nurse. So, when I was in high school, I was always in the health occupation classes. After graduation, I began my career as a Nurse’s Aide and worked in that capacity for 10 years while also furthering my education.

During the Covid outbreak, I felt a deep sense of purpose in my calling to be a nurse. I wanted to be a part of an amazing team of nurses that would help others feel better. I decided to become a correctional nurse with SHP. In August 2020, I started as a travel nurse in Tennessee and Kentucky and I absolutely enjoyed the assignments. My first jail I walked into was Washington County TN, which was a shock to a farm kid. Nina was a major help that day and to this day I feel I have an extended family member and mentor.

In 2022 things began to change for me. Ms. Sherry scheduled me at Union County, TN and I felt like I had found my home so much that I became the MTA. Darrell was always someone I admired and I was honored that he felt I was a good fit for this position.

“I strive to see the patients in better health than when they first enter our facility while they are in our care.”

I hope to help the inmates achieve better health and renewed since of well-being. It is my sincere hope that I am able to see the patients take better care of themselves in the future. I enjoy this position in the nursing world. I am challenged daily and my skills have broadened. I was always told growing up that if you enjoy what you do you will never work a day in your life.

“Thank you, SHP, for allowing me to feel as though I make a difference in someone's life. Thank you, Darrell, for showing me and guiding me through.”
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