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Elkhart General unit assistant wants to be a nurse “more than I ever have” after working during pandemic

Stacey Griffin, Unit Assistant, Elkhart General ICC.

Stacey Griffin is a Unit Assistant in the Elkhart General Intensive Care Center. Below, Stacey describes why she is pursuing a career in nursing. She is a 2021 Beacon Health Foundation Nursing Scholarship winner. 

“I started my journey in healthcare at just 16 years old. Through the years, I have run into obstacles that have slowed me down in accomplishing my dream. But I have pushed through and am now at a stage in my life where I see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is important for me to finish my bachelor’s degree and continue with nursing because that is my passion. It has helped me grow as an individual and has given me a different perspective on life. I want to show my children, my husband, myself and others that no matter what, do not give up. There are options and there is support to help you accomplish your dream. You just have to keep an open mind and work hard. You are not alone in your journey.

“Working on the COVID unit from day one truly changed my perspective in a positive way. The nurses I worked alongside were so caring, compassionate and patient. They give their hearts and souls to these patients day in and day out. I see myself in them. I have always wanted to be a nurse, but during these times, I want it more than I ever have. It has been and continues to be an honor to work at Elkhart General Hospital with such amazing nurses — who I hope to be one day. Beacon is to me what the name means: a ray of light.”

Stacey Griffin, Unit Assistant, Elkhart General Hospital ICC
2021 Beacon Health Foundation Nursing Scholarship recipient

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About Heidi Prescott

Passionate about writing her whole life, Heidi Prescott joined Beacon Health System in 2015 and currently serves as Director of Communications. A former newspaper journalist who has experience in TV, radio, magazines and social media, Heidi loves storytelling, photography and spending time in nature.