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Young African-American woman becomes a Nurse after 10 years of working as cleaner in the hospital, achieves dream

A young African-American woman named Jaines Andrades has finally acheied her dream of becoming a registers Nurase after 10 years of working in a hospital in thee United States.

Jaines, from Massachusetts started her career at Baystate Medical Center, United States working in environmental services, where she cleaned up operating rooms as a janitor, at Meredith Corporation station according to Mass Live.

”Honestly, I applied for the job just to get my foot in the door, to see what the nurses did and what it was like in the hospital,” she said. Jaines initially wanted to be a lawyer but became discouraged when she got to high school.

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“As I got older and approached graduation I just didn’t see how a little girl like me could ever become a lawyer. I didn’t see it as something that was possible for me, so I got discouraged from the idea,”she said.

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She decided to switch career paths during a doctor’s visit with her mom when a nurse shared the benefits of the nursing profession.

“He told me about the program to become a nurse, and, the more he talked, I just thought, ‘Yeah, I can do this.’ It’s a respectable profession, and I could provide for myself financially, so the idea grew from there,” she said.

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After a year at college where she took her pre-requisites and some introductory nursing classes, Jaines transferred to Elms College in 2010. That same year she applied for a job in Baystate’s Environmental Services Department.


She was accepted and became a custodian at the hospital. She started by cleaning an urgent care unit, but then transferred to the operating room where she first got an idea of what nurses do.

“I was able to interact with the nurses, and I would see patients coming and going from the operating room. It was my first time seeing what it really is to be a nurse, and it piqued my interest. I was excited to learn more,” she recalled.

In 2014 she graduated from the Elms with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing but continued working as a janitor while looking for a nursing position. “I kept the environmental services job despite being a nurse because I wanted to keep my foot in the door to work for Baystate,” she said.

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A year after, she was hired as a registered nurse at the Mason Square Neighborhood Health Clinic. The practice administrator  at the health clinic, Edward Cameron Rice, the said Jaines showed her dedication and potential early on.

While working, she also furthered her education and earned a doctorate in Nursing. Simultaneously, she went back to Baystate hospital, this time as a registered nurse in the Acute care unit where she remained until her promotion to the role of nurse practitioner.

“It wasn’t a smooth ride, it wasn’t an easy ride, but it got done. That’s what I’m happy about,” she said. Reflecting on her journey, Jaines acknowledges the support of her family and friends.

“My mom is my biggest cheerleader,” she said. “I know if it wasn’t for her support I would not have made it through because she believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. I have an older brother, and he has also been so supportive,” she said.

Moreover, she posted a photo of her three work badges on Facebook, showing her progression from janitor to a registered nurse to nurse practitioner. The post received overwhelming support, inspiring many.

Jaines said that she hopes her story inspires others to pursue their dreams.She urge them to always work towards their goal and be determined. “I hope that people will understand that you can do it, that you can achieve what you want, not even academically or professionally, but in your life,” Jaines said.

“Your life is what you make it, and, if you’re working towards your dreams and you believe in yourself and you believe in your dream, it doesn’t matter if the path isn’t perfect. Even if there are hardships and struggles along the way, it doesn’t discount the value of your achievement,” she added.

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