As a Medical Assistant at her last job, Ashley felt like she didn’t have room to grow as a healthcare professional, which did little to ease her anxiety working in her field during the COVID-19 pandemic. But after her experience with StepUp Wilmington, Ashley walked away with a new perspective on her abilities and potential, and a new position at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. “StepUp showed me that I have a lot more to give than I thought. It built confidence in me and showed me that I can make a path for myself.”
Now having worked at New Hanover Medical for nearly a year, Ashley has found that easing the fears of her patients has been just as important a role for her as tending to their medical concerns. “I try to ease the overwhelming feeling of being stuck that people have. A lot of patients have stopped living their lives. I want people to know that we care about them.”
“If we stop focusing on the negative, and focus on what we can do individually, it’ll help the bigger picture,” Ashley says; advice she learned from StepUp. “I didn’t know myself that well. But this job that I landed here… every step I learned from StepUp, I’ve applied for this job.”
For Ashley, the greatest thing she took away from her time with StepUp Wilmington was gaining a sense of confidence in herself and in her future. Now, she wants to share that confidence with her patients. “I want to be that same voice of reassurance, saying ‘we’re going to get through this. This too shall pass.’”
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