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Total loan: $5,500

Bethany

Cleveland, OH, United States / Health

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A loan helped me to support the elderly and those with disabilities living in my community.


Bethany's story

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, I was always aware of a need for 'quality' healthcare professionals. Having a father and grandmother with multiple health issues, I was aware of a lack of necessary medical care in the community. I pursued a BS degree in nursing at Case Western Reserve University and within a few years, began working as a home health care nurse. While working as a home care nurse, I not only served patients but also began training nursing students in home health care nursing. Later, I worked as a Case Manager for those with disabilities living in the community and a Provider Monitor where I was responsible for auditing professionals providing services to patients in the community (e.g., nurses, aides, home care companies, medical supply companies, home-delivered meals companies, etc.). Enjoying teaching others AND realizing that "quality care" involves more than simply finding healthcare workers to provide services, I decided to pursue a career in nursing education. I earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a focus in Nursing Education from Walden University. I taught in several major nursing programs including those at Kent State University, West Coast University, and Chamberlain University. I have supervised as many as 250 adjunct nursing instructors and have also been responsible for training and orienting new instructors as a National Faculty Manager at Chamberlain University. While at Chamberlain, I also had the privilege of developing and monitoring programs that impact thousands of nursing students across the country as the National Administrator of Academic Testing and Assessment. Over the last two decades, I have trained numerous professionals in-person and online including home health aides, nurse aides, nursing students, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and nurse administrators. It is my deepest desire to now use my nursing and teaching experience to start a quality training program for direct service professionals (e.g., home health aides, patient care assistants, nurse aides, medication aides) to help meet the needs of patients living in the community (home care, long-term care, and residential care). I currently have family members who are bedbound and are struggling to find quality assistance from direct service professionals. So, it is my sincerest hope to provide Northeast Ohio with quality direct service professionals to meet the needs of our growing population of patients receiving care outside of traditional healthcare settings.