Alita-Geri Carter is a pediatric nurse practitioner and founder and CEO of On the Move Academy and The Commission for Health.
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Nurses on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic have continued to leave the profession after years of stress. An organization in Prince George’s County, Maryland is helping these nurses cope, offering career advice and mentoring to healthcare professionals. the most trusted job in the country.
Alita-Geri Carter is a pediatric nurse practitioner and founder and CEO of On the Move Academy and The Health Commission.
Carter said nurses who find themselves at a crossroads need to ask themselves the question, “Do I have to leave the profession to come back to it? »
She also said there is great pressure to connect nurses to the appropriate resources to make informed decisions about their careers, including mental health resources.
“It’s okay to talk to someone who is a mental health professional,” Carter said.
That person could be a social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist or certified mental health nurse practitioner, she said, adding that one should be wary of choosing friends or family members.
Carter said she knows what it’s like to be disappointed in her career.
When she graduated from Bowie State University in 2009, she applied for 18 jobs as a registered nurse and only heard of two hospitals. She said she thought she was doing all the right things — being active in the community, volunteering, joining a sorority, having good references — but she was getting no response from potential employers.
“Maybe I didn’t have good resume writing skills. Maybe I didn’t present myself as a complete student during [an] interview,” Carter said looking back. “I didn’t have a cover letter. I didn’t have a picture in my head.
Carter is now helping medical professionals achieve their career goals, saying there are nurses in agencies you would never expect from the FBI to Congress to the White House.
The Health Commission can be reached on its website www.commissionforhealth.com or by calling 240-630-1989.
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