MEND – A little piece of the puzzle

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At 45 years old, Osmara Del Cid is still determined to fulfill her professional goal of working in the medical field. As a young mother, Osmara entered the workforce as a receptionist and administrative assistant working in the health care industry.  After giving birth to her fourth child, it became difficult to balance motherhood and the workforce, which ultimately led her to become a stay-at-home mother.

Now, ready to get back in the workforce, Osmara realized that she needed some work experience in addition to her education to become a licensed vocational nurse (LVN). She sought to volunteer in MEND’s medical clinic in order to receive proper work experience and medical training.

“Volunteering at MEND has been a great experience. Prior to MEND, I had no work experience in the medical field” says Osmara. “I have liked being able to help patients that otherwise would not be able to seek medical assistance. I am grateful for the opportunity I was given to help where needed.”

At the clinic, Osmara’s regular duties included booking medical appointments, taking vitals, assisting in the pharmacy, translating for doctors, and inputting client data. She even helped orient new medical clinic job trainees and volunteer nurses.

“MEND goes out of their way to help out whoever is in need. It’s a really good feeling to be in that position. I would go home and reflect on my day and I knew I helped someone. I was able to be a little piece of the puzzle for someone, whether it was taking their vital signs or accept their donation to MEND. There is a feeling of satisfaction helping someone who’s in need. MEND is a little piece of the puzzle for my story.”

As a result of her training at MEND, Osmara is now a licensed vocation nurse at Pacifica Hospital. Her new goal is to become a registered nurse (RN).

“I was so young when I had my first child. I didn’t know what I wanted to do and now I do. Regardless of my age, I set out to do something a long time ago and I’m going to do it. My children are my driving force.”