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Woman Becomes Nurse Practitioner at Same Hospital Where She Was Once a Custodian: ‘Worth It!’

The Inspiring Story of How One Woman Went From Custodian to Trauma Surgery Nurse Practitioner

Jaines Andrades worked her way up at Baystate Medical Center and says “At one point, I dreamed of the position I have today.”

A Massachusetts woman is showing the world the true meaning of perseverance after she worked her way up from being a custodian at a local hospital to now treating its patients as a nurse practitioner.

Ten years ago, Jaines Andrades started her career at Baystate Medical Center working in environmental services, where she cleaned up operating rooms as a janitor, Meredith Corporation station WGGB reported.

Today, instead of cleaning the operating rooms, she is one of the leaders inside them as a certified nurse practitioner in trauma surgery, according to the outlet.

“At one point, I dreamed of the position I have today,” Andrades told WGGB of her incredible journey, which started when she was just 19 years old.

Baystate Health Jaines Andrades

In 2014 — four years after Andrades began her career at Baystate as a custodian — the Springfield resident earned her nursing degree, WGGB reported.

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She continued working in environmental services until an opportunity to work as a registered nurse arose.

“I stayed, actually, in environmental, despite being a nurse because I didn’t immediately get a nursing job at Baystate, so I wanted to keep my foot in the door,” she explained to the outlet.

Baystate Health Jaines Andrades (L)

Eventually, Andrades decided to go back to school to become a nurse practitioner (NP) and once she completed her degree, was offered a job at Baystate yet again.

“Once I start something, I have to see it through, so if I’m going to be a custodian and then be a nurse, it only makes sense to be a nurse practitioner there,” she told WGGB of working at Baystate all these years.

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On Sept. 28, Andrades reflected on the accomplishment by posting a photo of her three work badges on Facebook. Though they all have her name and photo on them, each one has her different job title and shows Andrades’ career progression over the years.

“10 years of work but it was worth it! I’m a provider at the same place I use to clean,” she captioned the post, which has been shared over 10,000 times and liked over 12,000 times.

Reflecting on her career, Andrades told WGGB that having such diverse experiences at the Springfield medical center has kept her humble while interacting with others.

“I remember those times where I saw interactions as a custodian to remind myself that everyone’s human,” she explained. “Your academic success or your professional success, obviously, it deserves praise and you should be proud of that, but it doesn’t make you a better person.”

“As a human being,” she

Nurse who spoke at RNC arrested for shooting woman in the stomach

Amy Ford claims she shot the woman in self-defense

Amy Ford, a West Virginia nurse who spoke at this year’s Republican National Convention, was arrested on Saturday after shooting a woman in the stomach in her hometown.

Ford, 39, who was identified as Amy Thorn in the court filing, was charged with malicious or unlawful assault after shooting a woman in her abdomen in Williamson, West Virginia. The victim has been identified by WSAZ -TV as Jonda Whitt.

Ford also goes by Amy Johnson, the local news outlet reports.

Amy Ford speaks at the Republican National Convention in August 2020. (via screenshot)
Amy Ford speaks at the Republican National Convention in August 2020. (via screenshot)

While details of the incident remain unknown, Mingo County Police Chief Grady Dotson stated that Ford claims she acted in self-defense, according to WCHS-TV. Whitt is being treated at a local hospital and her injuries are not life-threatening.

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Ford posted bond and has been released from custody.

Ford first caught the public’s eye when she volunteered to treat COVID-19 patients at a New York City hospital in the early months of the coronavirus crisis in the United States. WCHS-TV reported that the Mingo County mother of three traveled there to work in overstretched hospitals when the state was the epicenter of the outbreak.

With little cases in West Virginia at the time, Ford said treating COVID-19 patients in New York gave her a fuller understanding of how bad the pandemic was getting, stating “once I was able to come [to New York] and see it for myself, at this point in time, that’s the only way we’re going to slow it down so we can get ahead of it.”

She was invited to speak at the 2020 RNC in August, where she spoke of her story and praised President Donald Trump for his administration’s response to COVID-19.

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“President Trump recognized the threat this virus presented for all Americans early on, and made rapid policy changes,” Ford, referring to the expansion of telehealth services, said in her nearly three-minute speech. “As a health-care professional I can tell you without hesitation: Donald Trump’s quick action and leadership saved thousands of lives during COVID-19, and the benefits of that response extend far beyond coronavirus.”

Ford’s comments about Trump’s response came weeks before the Washington Post reported that an audiotape from interviews that veteran journalist Bob Woodward conducted with Trump revealed that the president intentionally downplayed the seriousness of the virus.

“I wanted to always play it down,” Trump told Woodward back in March.

“I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”

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Nurse who traveled to treat COVID-19 patients donates her kidney to toddler

Taylor Pikkarainen, a traveling nurse, spent over two months this spring on assignment in New Jersey helping to save the lives of patients with COVID-19.

Pikkarainen, 27, then returned to her home state of Minnesota to save the life of a young boy by donating her kidney.

“It just feels really great that he’s healthy and happy,” Pikkarainen told “Good Morning America” of Bodie, who will turn 2 in December. “It’s amazing and I’m very, very grateful.”

PHOTO: Taylor Pikkarainen, 27, poses with Bodie Hall, 20 months, to whom she donated a kidney.

Taylor Pikkarainen, 27, poses with Bodie Hall, 20 months, to whom she donated a kidney.

Taylor Pikkarainen, 27, poses with Bodie Hall, 20 months, to whom she donated a kidney.

Pikkarainen found out about Bodie’s need for a kidney earlier this year through her sister-in-law, who is a close friend of Bodie’s mom, Gloria Hall.

Bodie was born with congenital nephrotic syndrome, a life-threatening condition that causes your body to discharge too much protein in urine and ultimately progresses to kidney failure, according to M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, where he underwent the transplant in July.

One of Bodie’s four older siblings also has the syndrome and required a kidney transplant five years ago; Hall was the donor. Because Hall had already donated a kidney and her husband, Bodie’s father, was not a match for their son, the family put out a plea for a kidney donor.

Once Pikkarainen heard about the need, she knew almost immediately she wanted to be Bodie’s donor.

“I was sitting there and just quickly looked up the side effects for me as a donor, for giving up a kidney,” she said. “There’s always a risk with surgery but there was no increased risk for kidney disease or kidney failure, having one kidney versus two.”

“And within half an hour I was signing up,” she continued.

Hall, who lives in a town neighboring Pikkarainen, said she remembers the exact moment she received a call “out of the blue” in February that her son finally had a kidney donor.

“I guess the biggest feeling was … of relief because it really was the thing hanging over our heads,” said Hall, who did not know at the time that Pikkarainen was the donor. “We knew it was the point where he needed to have the surgery and we obviously couldn’t have the surgery without a kidney donor.”

Bodie spent one month in the hospital after his birth and has had to undergo frequent infusions to help boost his kidney function. He has also relied on a feeding tube since the age of seven months, according to Hall.

PHOTO: Bodie Hall interacts with nurses while hospitalized for a kidney transplant in Minnesota.

Bodie Hall interacts with nurses while hospitalized for a kidney transplant in Minnesota.

Bodie Hall interacts with nurses while hospitalized for a kidney transplant in Minnesota.

Pikkarainen said she thought about remaining anonymous as Bodie’s donor, but then decided to tell the Halls by sending a letter and a stuffed animal for Bodie.

She also met Bodie in person for the first time a few days before the transplant,

Nurse who has seen ‘hundreds of people suffocating to death’ moved to tears after Trump downplayed coronavirus

Cristina Hops, who works on the frontlines helping patients fighting coronavirus, said she was upset after reading the President’s tweet on Monday, in which he told Americans “don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”

“When I read that and I got home, I was just so angry about it that I felt like I needed to say something,” Hops, who is based in Seattle, Washington, told CNN.

So, she made a TikTok video, to share her emotions with the world. “I have seen hundreds of people suffocating to death and for him to say do not be afraid of Covid is astounding, “she says in the video, while tearing up.”How dare he undermine all of the work that we have done as nurses and health care providers?”

Her message resonated — and the video quickly garnered more than 300,000 views on TikTok, as of Thursday evening. It’s been shared across social media platforms, with people lauding the nurse for speaking her mind.

In her experience as a health care worker, Hops said she has seen how a surge in coronavirus cases can drastically impact a community. She was sent to Miami, Florida, over the summer for five weeks to help a hospital with its influx of cases.

“The hospital that I was working at was completely overrun,” she told CNN. “It’s not possible to give everybody the care that they need and deserve when the hospital is that full.”

While Hops doesn’t believe people should live in fear, she said she felt the President’s words were irresponsible and disrespectful given how many people have been personally affected by the virus. More than 7.6 million people — including the President — have contracted coronavirus in the US, and over 212,000 people have died from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

“People are going to take this (Trump’s words) as everything is okay and it’s not a problem anymore and that’s just not the case,” she said. “It’s just not true.”

Hops said she hopes that those who see her video understand the importance of taking precautions when it comes to the virus.

If the President were to see her video, she said she wants him to realize his experience with the virus does not reflect the experience of every American.

“What’s most important is that we’re taking care of each other and we’re looking out for each other,” she said. “And I don’t feel like his tweet or any of his tweets reflect that.”

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Former nurse and patient advocate is looking for a kidney. Now the mother of 4 has to advocate for herself

CHICAGO — Registered nurse Christine Hernandez was just entering her 40s when she asked her doctors about her kidney function.



a person sitting on a table: Christine Hernandez preps herself for dialysis at her home Sept. 18, 2020, in Chicago, Ill. Hernandez, a registered nurse, is suffering from stage 5 kidney failure. She has set up her sunroom as a "hemo center," where she performs all of the duties necessary for her dialysis.


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Christine Hernandez preps herself for dialysis at her home Sept. 18, 2020, in Chicago, Ill. Hernandez, a registered nurse, is suffering from stage 5 kidney failure. She has set up her sunroom as a “hemo center,” where she performs all of the duties necessary for her dialysis.

Knowing she had two brothers with kidney disease, she asked her primary care physician for a referral to a nephrologist.

Hernandez recalls her doctor saying that her kidney lab results were good, and there was no reason she should see a nephrologist. But Hernandez, a Chicago mother of four, said she had a feeling she had kidney disease too.

The referral was given, and the nephrologist biopsied her kidneys in 2016. Her kidneys were operating at only 30% of capacity, and that was without having symptoms, she said.

“I was just flabbergasted,” she said. “I cried. All these things went through my head really fast: I was like, ‘I have little kids. What’s going to happen to them? I’m a nurse; I’m supposed to help people. What’s going to happen to my career?’ I was in fight or flight mode — trying to figure out how could I fix it because in the medical field you could fix everything, right?

“Well, you can fix everything but a kidney. I asked my nephrologist if we can put a stent inside my kidney to open up, so it could get blood flow through it, and he says it’s too late for that.”

Hernandez was diagnosed with medullary cystic kidney disease, an inherited condition that ends in kidney failure. In Hernandez’s case, the condition resulted in her arteries atrophying. Her doctor recommended going on a strict diet and seeing a nephrologist often. But eventually she would need dialysis and a transplant. In a matter of four years, Hernandez says her condition has progressed pretty fast. She went from 10-hour days advocating for patients in hospitals to spending almost eight hours a day four days a week preparing, using and breaking down her home hemodialysis device, which purifies her blood. She’s on three different regional transplant lists around the country and hopes to add more. She’s also seeking a donor on her own via Facebook. Her family’s history of kidney disease prevents a relative from donating, she said.

“I’m just fighting for my life,” Hernandez said. “I’m trying to get my life back and live for my kids and go back to nursing, believe it or not. A lot of nurses are like, ‘Oh, with your condition, nurses would retire.’ But I’m not your average nurse. I want to go back and pay it forward; I want to help people.”

Hernandez, who worked with high-risk moms and babies at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and in the neonatal intensive care unit at Mount Sinai Hospital, will tell her story to a virtual audience Oct.

South Korea nurse group protests Blackpink music video

Oct. 6 (UPI) — Popular K-pop band Blackpink is under fire in their native South Korea for their depiction of nurses in a recent music video.

The Korean Nurses Association, South Korea’s oldest professional organization for nurses, said Tuesday in statement they condemn the sexualized image of a nurse in Blackpink’s music video Lovesick Girls, South Korean media service XSportsNews reported.

“One scene in the music video, where band member Jennie wears a nurse’s cap, a short skirt and high heels, turns nurses into sexual objects,” the group said, adding they sent a “letter of protest” to YG Entertainment, Blackpink’s agency.

On Tuesday, YG expressed “concern” and issued an apology. But the agency also defended creativity.

“The scene in which a nurse and patient appear reflect the lyrics,” the agency said, quoting the song’s lyrics, “No doctor could help when I’m lovesick.”

“There was no specific intention,” the agency said.

The Korean Nurses Association dismissed the agency’s explanation and said the “sensational nurse’s outfit” is irrelevant to the theme of the song.

“Rather than call it a genre of artistic creativity, the video lays bare the tendency toward sexual objectification of nurses” in South Korean society, the group said.

“Sexual scenes like these should not be passed off as art, if we are to eliminate the distorted image of nurses” and other healthcare workers, the group said.

The dispute between nurses and South Korean entertainment comes at a time when concern is rising about women in the medical profession in the country.

According to data from the Korean Medical Women’s Association, a professional group representing women doctors, about 1 out of 3 women physicians said in a 2019 survey they had experienced “sexual harassment or sexual violence” in the workplace, News 1 reported Tuesday. Only 1.7% of male doctors surveyed said they had been sexually harassed or violated, the report says.

Women doctors surveyed said the harassment included unwanted physical contact, being evaluated on their appearance, and being asked to sit next to male supervisors at events involving alcohol.

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Nurse fired after video shows Canadian hospital staff mocking Indigenous patient

A nurse at a Quebec hospital has been fired after a dying Indigenous woman streamed hospital staff mocking her.

The patient, Joyce Echaquan, recorded the footage Monday on Facebook Live while she was at Centre Hospitalier Régional de Lanaudière in Joliette for stomach pains.

In the video, reviewed by NBC News, Echaquan makes noises of extreme discomfort from her hospital bed. Hospital staff can be heard calling her “stupid as hell” in French while one nurse says Echaquan, a mother of seven, is “good at having sex, more than anything else.” Echaquan, 37, died later that day.

The local public health department said it “finds the comments heard in the video circulated on social media unacceptable” and “does not tolerate any such language on the part of its staff within the organization.”

“The investigation is underway, and a nurse has been fired,” the department said, according to NBC News.

The video sparked demonstrations outside the hospital. Quebec’s premier, François Legault, said Tuesday that a task force on racism would “take action” and issue recommendations.

“First, I want to offer my condolences to the family. Second, what happened is totally unacceptable,” he said, according to NBC News.

Perry Bellegarde, the national chief for the Assembly of First Nations, said the incident showed how little progress had been made since a government report last year indicating racism in public health services against Indigenous people.

“One year after the release of the Viens Commission Report, Joyce Echaquan, a young Atikamekv woman died while facing incredibly racist and insensitive taunts by Quebec health care staff,” he tweeted.

Canadian Senator Leo Housakos, who represents Quebec’s Wellington region, tweeted “the lack of human compassion and dignity shown to this mother, daughter, friend, must not be tolerated in our society.”

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Nurse navigator to give patients extra resource during cancer treatment at St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital

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With the addition of a new nurse navigator, patients at the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital will have one more resource to count on as they navigate treatment.

Jessica Miller, who also operates as the clinical nurse for the center, started in her new role in March.

The role of the nurse navigator isn’t a new one within the health care field but is new to the cancer center, which is part of the CHI St. Luke’s health systems.


The St. Luke’s The Woodlands location is an extension of the flagship Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center located in the Texas Medical Center.

As the nurse navigator, Miller helps facilitate the care for new patients who have been recently diagnosed.



“When patients come through our doors, the whole process of getting a diagnosis can be very daunting, just very stressful,” Miller said. “The nurse navigator helps get the patient started.”

Before this role was created at the cancer center, the many aspects of the nurse navigator job were being filled by various other staff members. Now, the coordination and education for the patient are more concentrated.


The nurse navigator helps educate patients about treatment, coordinate with necessary treatments like CT scans, coordinate with referrals to other departments, and helps provide access to resources like social workers or financial assistance. Miller acts as a liaison and advocate for her patients. The central point between doctors, nurses, and caregivers.


Miller started her nursing career in Colorado at an acute care placement center for trauma and oncology. She moved to The Woodlands about three years ago and has seen the cancer center go through several changes in structure and location. One of the things she loves about being the nurse navigator is being able to help her patients understand their treatment options through education.

“Being that advocate for them was something I really enjoyed and I think they saw that and asked if I would be interested in the position,” Miller said of