Join me in congratulating Candice Roberts on being named July’s clinician of the month! We are all so excited to honor someone who is so deserving of this recognition. Candice took a long, winding road to CMS and has been with us since the end of 2015. She has completed several full time assignments at Hopkins, Bon Secours, and GBMC and receives fantastic review wherever she goes. Just check out some of the kind works from her clinical supervisors:
*Candice exemplifies professionalism and has a great rapport with staff and patients – Charge RN
*Candice has been a HUGE asset to our team. She always takes initiative and is a true team player who helps before we can even ask – CUC
*Doctors and staff LOVE working with Candice – they are always impressed – CUC
*Candice is a great nurse and team player – she has EXCELLENT customer service skills – Charge RN
WOW! Look at all that love – amazing work, Candice. From the whole administrative team as well, we can’t sing your praises enough – you are a joy to work with and we hope to continue this relationship well into the future. For more information on Candice’s career journey and experiences with CMS – check out her story below:
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. I graduated from St. John’s University as a Biology major with intention of going to medical school. Life has a way of taking twists and turns that can “make you” or “break you”. My life took a turn when I fell in love and I got married and had two children. I moved to Baltimore to begin my teaching career in Biology. I taught HS Biology for ten years within BCPSS. I learned a lot about patience, compassion and ultimately customer service serving the students and parents within BCPSS school system. Unfortunately, my life took a turn when the principal asked me to change grades. I adamantly refused. Despite the documentation provided, students were still promoted. I decided to look for an alternate career when my integrity was compromised. I wanted a challenging yet successful career. My definition of success revolves around the notion, “waking up everyday and loving what you do by making a difference in other lives”.
I attended Stevenson University accelerated BSN program. My life took another twist or turn when I graduated it took me year and half to find a nursing job because they’re was a hiring freeze for new graduate nurses in Baltimore. I stayed optimistic, determined and I motivated myself to attend nursing conferences, keep up to date on evidence nursing practice reading nursing journals, and worked part time within long term care facilities until I got a full time nursing position within a Magnet Institution on an Intermediate Care Unit(telemetry unit). I learned about that “nurse eat young” phenomenon quickly and survived within a fast paced health care setting challenged by nursing attrition. Unfortunately, another twist/turn in life caused me to be resilient and “make lemonade with the lemons that came my way”.I decided to go back to school to earn my Master’s in Nursing in Leadership and Management. I decided to get involved and “not be a part of the problem, but the solution”. I was a single mother of two boys and needed extra income because student loans or health insurance was taking most of my paycheck. I met a nurse that worked for Chesapeake Medical Staffing and spoke highly of the nursing agency. I enquired online and CMS reached out immediately and made the hiring a smooth process. I feel like I have built relationships with the CMS staff because they answer your questions or concerns in a timely fashion. They are accessible via phone/email and work hard to find an assignment that fits your resume. In addition, I feel that CMS does a good job compensating they’re employees on a weekly basis. I was able to pay for my graduate degree working with the nursing agency. I started with CMS in 2013 and had some assignments that were challenging yet rewarding. I got to meet different people from all age groups and ethnic groups and learned how to adapt to meet the needs of my patients and their families.
My philosophy of nursing revolves around the notion, “treat each every patient as if their your family member”. I have found that respect for the interdisciplinary team+ patients + patient families’=SUCCESS. I have learned that teamwork among the interdisciplinary team helps create a highly collaborative work environment in which patient safety and quality care can be achieved. As a agency nurse it can be quite challenging going into different health care settings and adapting to the health care organizational practices. However, I try to lead by example and demonstrate integrity, respect, and teamwork while taking care of patients. Some days are harder than others, but at the end of the day I go home and have two amazing boys that love to hear my nursing stories. The story telling is self reflection and allows me to change my reaction if I should encounter the same situation. Life is 10% of what happens and 90% of how you react to it.Life had another unexpected turn and brought me back to teaching. I utilized my graduate degree in nursing and I’m currently the Program Coordinator of a CNA program within BCPS schools during the day and work as an agency nurse at night/weekends. I get the best of both worlds and I’m able to share my passion of nursing by being a nurse educator and clinical instructor.
I was very surprised when I opened my email and was considered “Clinician of the Month”. Honestly, I give ALL the glory to God, because I am nothing without him in my life. God guides my thoughts, words, habits and has shaped my character and allowed me to fulfill my destiny of being the educator and nurse I am today.
What a truly inspiring story – thank you so much for sharing with us and the rest of the CMS family. We are so luck to have you as part of the CMS team and I know your GBMC squad appreciates all you do as well (just take a look at the pic above). THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU and CONGRATS again!