NICU Social Worker, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I received my MSW from Erikson Institute in May 2019. After completing my internship at Lurie Children’s Hospital in the NICU, I transitioned into the role of NICU Social Worker. I am bilingual and strive to help families in a way that is supportive and inclusive. This past year myself and five other colleagues founded the Black Medical Social Worker Council. Our mission is to support the underrepresented staff, patients, and families of Lurie Children’s Hospital. Our purpose is to educate and empower through direct practice, research and advocacy to promote an anti-racist healthcare system.
Why do you like working in perinatal health?
You are able to see the resilience of little babies.
Tell us about working with The Colette Louise Tisdahl Foundation.
The Colette Louise Tisdahl Foundation has helped alleviate some of the stressors some of the families face in the NICU in order for them to be fully present for their child.
How would you describe the importance of social workers?
Social workers are there to support patients and their families emotional and overall wellbeing so they are able to focus on their medical care.
What advice would you give families in crisis due to pregnancy complications, NICU stays, or loss?
Take time to honor your feelings, allow yourself the space and grace to go through all of your emotions.
Greatest professional achievement: Being a founding member of the BMSW
Favorite form of self-care: Music and my peloton
Currently binging: Rewatching New Girl
Favorite book: The Harry Potter Series
If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who and why?: Michelle Obama, too many reasons to list
Go to song in karaoke: Stevie Nicks – Edge of Seventeen
Best advice ever received: The first step is always the hardest
Describe yourself in five words: Someone you can count on!
Extrovert or Introvert?: A little bit of both