Be a helping hand. After ages, few years, I am back at the free clinic I once volunteered at as a nursing student, then as a RN, and now, as a NP. It is a blessing. It is faith based, and that makes it even more beautiful. Although, I am Hindu, I respect and value all religions. God is God, and to serve others in the name of God is the best feeling and calling. I highly encourage others to take time to volunteer in their communities to do random acts of kindness with no motives. The world needs this. Nothing is ever ours alone as knowledge and skills are meant to be shared and used for betterment of others. Working in FQHC for last couple years may have challenged me like no other, but I also was blessed to care for people at their most vulnerable times. Volunteering at a free clinic will keep that passion alive, as this is not for money. I, myself, have to go without insurance, while being in-between jobs, but it is my duty to care for those without insurance or ability to pay. I believe that in life, God gives you what you need. The clinic physician and director were talking about how they wanted to recruit more volunteers, and I came back today. I think it is meant to be. I am never happier than when serving others. Humans are social beings, and spreading kindness, should be natural. There is enough hate in the world. Do what you can for the community and others; be a helping hand. Make sure to leave behind footprints worth following. Be it global volunteering abroad, or local, or helping an elderly lady hold grocery bags. No act of kindness is too small. Go out there and be the change you want to see in the world! -Gandhiji. Take a seed, an idea, plant it, nourish it, watch it grow, and see that a seed is all it takes.
Bring sunshine into others’ lives when they need it the most. All it takes is a smile. I missed seeing patients, and hope to do some clinics before starting my new job. I may need money, but somethings in life, you do because its the right thing to do. Volunteering is about giving back to God and the community out of gratitude, not asking for anything in return.
This picture will always be special because it was for my first nurse practitioner job which shaped me as a provider and gave the opportunities to give back to the community. I see my young self and think the growth and challenges I went through from bring a baby NP to now, and feel so blessed to finally volunteer as a NP, something I always wanted to do. Did a lot as a RN, but this is was my end goal. I encourage everyone to go after your dreams and goals in life. Nothing is impossible if one truly wants it and works hard for it!