Celebrating a Culture of Inclusion
“I was amazed by the people here in Maine! Everyone is so nice and so welcoming. I never met someone who was not nice.”
S he wears a winter jacket that covers her body from head to toe from November to April, but while she is still getting use to the cold Maine winters, Melissa Chetty, RN, says the warmth and hospitality of her “work family” at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has solidified this native South African’s desire to call Bangor her new home. “We don’t have any snow back home and the coldest it gets in South Africa is like 60 degrees. So, below freezing temperatures and driving in the snow and shoveling snow was a big adjustment,” shares Chetty. But she says that she was welcomed with open arms when she first came to Bangor in June of 2018. At the time, she was working as a travelling nurse for O’Grady Peyton under a two-year contract. Although she had travelled extensively across Europe, Asia, and Africa for leisure, it was the first time she had worked in a foreign country.
“I was amazed by the people here in Maine! Everyone is so nice and so welcoming. I never met someone who was not nice.” One of the people that she credits with making her transition so easy was co-worker, Sherene Smith-Gordon, who was also a travelling nurse from Jamaica who had come to Bangor two years earlier than Melissa, and also decided to stay. “She is like my best friend now. She was so wonderful to me!” Both women are now full-time employees of Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. Melissa works in the cardiac operating room and Sherene works in the intensive care unit. And they are both examples of the culture of caring and diversity that makes Northern Light Health a better, richer place.
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