She was initially hired as a custodian in Baystate Medical Center and now she is a nurse practitioner in trauma surgery.
Jaines Andrades worked her way up from a custodian to a nurse practitioner in the same hospital. She told Boston CBS Local, "It's tough to be the person that cleans. If I had to go back and do it again, I would. It's so worth it." She added, "Even if it was cleaning, as long as I was near patient care I'd be able to observe things. I thought it was a good idea."
She used to work in a fast food restaurant. Then, ten years ago, she got a phone call from Baystate Medical, where after an interview, she began her adventure as a custodian, which was crucial in getting her to where she is now.
Jaines was pursuing nursing school while working hard at the Springfield hospital. She had always known she wanted to serve others. Andrades added, "When do you let a random stranger into your life? Into the most personal parts of your life? Rarely. As a nurse, we get that. I just really love the intimacy with people."
She went on to become a Baystate nurse, and then a nurse practitioner at the same hospital where she used to clean as a custodian. She claimed that the 10-year journey allowed her to become a better version of herself, a more compassionate caretaker. She said, "Nurses and providers, we get the credit more often but people in environmental and phlebotomy and dietary all of them have such a huge role. I couldn't do my job without them."
Andrades wrote about her transition from hospital custodian to nurse practitioner in a Facebook Post, along with a photo of all three of her IDs. She said that she is extremely grateful that her journey can inspire many others all over the world.
She said, "I'm so appreciative and like in awe that my story can inspire people. I'm so glad. If I can inspire anyone, that in itself made the journey worth it."
She spoke to The Republican, "At the time I didn’t understand the impact of what I was doing, but going from that job to becoming a nurse and now a nurse practitioner I see that we are a team." She added, "From environmental, to dietary, to phlebotomy, nurses, respiratory therapists and doctors, we all contribute because at the end of the day its the patient we care about and no matter what your job is if you don’t do it right it affects them."
"10 Years of Work but it was worth it! I'm a provider at the same place I use to clean" - Congratulations Jaines Andrades 🔥 pic.twitter.com/SUztmtMPuw— The Female Lead (@the_female_lead) November 16, 2020
Gov. Charlie Baker commended the hundreds of health care workers, police and firemen, and other vital staff who have banded together during the COVID-19 outbreak in his annual address to Massachusetts' nearly six million inhabitants last year. During his address he mentioned Adrades' story and thanked her for her service, reports Mass Live.
He said, "A young woman from Western Massachusetts who refused to quit, completed her ten-year journey from custodian to nurse practitioner at Baystate Medical Center – in the middle of a pandemic – so she could do more to take care of the sick."
Cover Image Source: Facebook/Jaines Andrades