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I, Jennifer Hall, RN, BSN am the Patient Experience

 

“My name is Jennifer Hall and I am a behavioral health nurse at Wayne UNC Health Care. I graduated from nursing school in 2013 and have been devoted to serving the mental health population. My love of mental health nursing came from trauma experienced in the most vulnerable time of my childhood life. Mental illness was no stranger to my home.  My father had a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder.

As I grew older into my teenage years I experienced some of my father’s lowest points in life. He fluctuated from happy to really sad. There were many times when I was 15 years old that I helped him to decide why his life was worth living. The pressures of being there for someone who doesn’t believe they are worth another breath on this earth was overwhelming at this age. I learned the many nursing skills I have now from that period of my life. Listening with empathy, caring for someone past their diagnosis, patience, and determination to make a difference in life of someone.

My father lost his battle on March 8, 2008 to suicide. This changed my life forever. This lit a fire in my faith and my future. I firmly believe that I saved his life for many years. As a nurse now, I am devoted to saving the lives of others who are impacted by the many faces of mental illness.

I am a part of a great team at Wayne UNC. We are saving lives every day. I may not have the basic nursing skill sets such as starting IV’s, administering blood, or caring for patients on life support, but I am a lifeline that many people in this world take for granted. Your mental health is a direct reflection of your physical health.

There is not one particular patient that has influenced my passion. Every patient I encounter provides me with an opportunity to make a difference. Nursing is about caring and making a difference in the lives of others. The greatest results are rendered by patience. I am rewarded in my nursing career by seeing patients progress from tears to smiles.

I will never forget one patient that had attempted suicide but was found. Her outlook on life was forever changed. Seeing her out in the community and doing well is so rewarding in my field. We serve people in our community that are faced with challenges that are hidden by stigma. Breaking the silence and making a difference in this field creates better outcomes for our community and their families.

I have lived with mental illness from a perspective that helps me relate to my patients. This has driven me to continue my profession and become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I want to make an even bigger impact on those dealing with mental illness.

I am proud to be a teammate and provider at Wayne UNC Health Care to support our community’s mental health.”


 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  Join Jennifer & her team’s mental health awareness efforts by wearing green during the month of May!  Share on social media using #wayneuncbreakingthestigma