Nursing careers continue to bloom at Visiting Angels
Nursing student Madi Hill always knew she wanted to be in health care. As a young girl, she watched her mother navigate her career as a labor and delivery nurse and that birthed the dream in Madi to someday become a nurse. She didn't quite believe she could accomplish her dream, and instead of pursuing nursing, she studied occupational therapy in college. She earned her bachelor's degree in exercise science and interviewed for a position as an occupational therapist. She is thankful that she did not land that job because it was the impetus for applying to nursing school.
"I realized I didn't want to continue my education in a field I wasn't really excited about, so I decided to follow my dream," said Madi. "The day after my interview for the OT job, I took my nursing entrance exam."
The rest of the story is history. Madi was accepted into the nursing program, and during her first semester, she learned about Visiting Angels during a recruitment event at her school. She interviewed with Visiting Angels and knew it would be a great fit for her. She began working for Visiting Angels as a caregiver and then quickly earned her Nursing Assistant certification. She quickly put her skills to use while working for the South Elgin home-care agency. "Madi's enthusiasm and desire to help others was clearly evident as she provides care for our clients," said Tami Trosien, R.N. and Client Success Manager at Visiting Angels. "We were very blessed to have her on our team."
"Working at Visiting Angels helped develop my confidence," said Madi. "I had to adapt to each client's needs and provide care in an unsupervised work environment. I learned about people and how important it is to help them feel independent and in control."
Madi's confidence helped her blossom in her journey as a student. She is realistic about working in health care and encourages others thinking about this career path. "I learned so much by working at Visiting Angels," said Madi. "I learned about what works for me and Visiting Angels listened and worked with my preferences and schedule."
Madi's career path has landed her a position in the NICU at St. Alexius Medical Center. When asked about advice she would give to anyone seeking to work in health care, Madi says, "There are challenging days, but more good ones that make up for it. If you are feeling overwhelmed, scared, or need help, use your resources." Becoming a nurse is no easy endeavor and Madi tells prospective students to never give up. "You can't do it alone, always ask for help," says Madi.
Her dream continues to bloom as she strives to someday work in labor and delivery, just like her mom.
Visiting Angels is always on the lookout for exceptional candidates who have a calling to help others. To find out more about Visiting Angel's commitment to excellence, contact their South Elgin office or visit www.VisitingAngels.com/SouthElgin.