I strive to continue to give great care to my patients as I received when I myself was one. I was born with a congenital heart defect and underwent 3 major surgeries by the time I was 6 years old. I’ve always been a patient with M Health Fairview, so it was a no brainer to work there as well! I enjoy sitting down and holding the hand of my patients and be able to explain and relate to their emotions through their own personal health crisis. I was recognized by a family for my caring nature and received a Daisy Award for my compassionate nursing skills. I love to be able to give back in a profession I enjoy going to every day.
The year of 2020 was the most challenging because it was a year full of emotions held behind masks. It was hard not having connections with patients like being able to reach out to hug and comfort them. In a time of uncertainty and panic, it’s hard to always see the light at the end of the tunnel.
And though 2021 has barely begun, I had to put my own health above others and was again back to being a patient at the height of the pandemic- this was a hard pill to swallow. I had to prepare myself for open heart surgery to repair my aorta and a long road of recovery. I’m looking forward to getting back to doing what I love. ~ Rachael G.
I stumbled upon Camp Odayin for children with Congenital Heart Disease and have never felt so at home with a group. Although I didn’t get involved with Odayin until I was an adult volunteering as a nurse, I have met and bonded with many wonderful heart kids. It has immensely changed my life for the better, after volunteering with them since 2013.