Hello, my name is Eddie. I am 30 years old and I work as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Shady Grove Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland. In 2006 I suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury and I know that I can give hope to others who are recuperating from Brain Injuries. Just last week one of my patients called me a “ray of hope.” I believe that the greatest thing you can do is to make someone smile, and by making my patients smile I know I make a difference and that makes me happy.
I used to work at Safeway at King Farm as a deli clerk and a seafood clerk. I told my employment coach, Michele, that I really wanted to make a difference in the lives of others and made the decision to go to school to train to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). She saw that I was determined. I passed the course and began to study for the State of Maryland Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA) exam. I passed and now I am a licensed GNA as well as a CNA.
I am so happy that through outstanding job coaching with the Outcomes staff, I got my job at Shady Grove. If it weren’t for their support I would never have gotten this job. I am a success story of TLC’s Outcomes. I would just like everyone to know that if there is a will, there is a way, and I am proof of that. I wanted this job, worked hard, and kept my focus and did everything that I could do to get this job.
Note: Eddie has been a consumer in TLC’s Outcomes Service since 2009 and is currently participating in The Governor’s Employment Program for Persons of Acquired Brain Injuries.