Anthropology Meets the World of Medicine

As I wrap up my term of service at Barnabas, I think about how everything happened in my life that led me to this moment and time. If there was any one step that did not happen, maybe I could be in a completely different part of the world doing a completely different thing. If I hadn’t met the former AmeriCorps member, Maria, from Barnabas in February 2017, I probably would not have even heard about National Health Corps.

Since my graduation in 2014, I have been trying to figure out what in the heck I am supposed to do with my Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Geography. There are a couple things that I have found that I know for sure since my graduation - that I love to travel, and I love to help people. Being in AmeriCorps has allowed me to explore my interests and consider the future for my career.

Fast forward to September 2017, the night before my first day of service at Barnabas, I remember texting my mentor, Noel, that I was so excited that it felt like I was going to Disneyland. Everyday, I wanted to learn more about medicine. I wanted to listen to the stories of my patients’ health. I wanted to help people transform their lives. This passion to learn at Barnabas never stopped.

I have always had an interest in being a nurse, but I quickly discovered at Barnabas that this was not just an interest. Being a nurse seemed right, seemed fitting. So here I am today, enrolled in two summer online classes to gain all the appropriate prerequisites so that I can apply to nursing programs. I feel like this realization took me a long time, particularly when I compare myself to my peers in NHC. At the same time, I feel so lucky to be surrounded by people who are passionate about medicine and healthcare. I feel empowered and motivated by the ambitions and aspirations of my peers.

When I put on my navy blue scrubs with my AmeriCorps button on, it’s not just a uniform to me. It makes me feel like who I am supposed to be. I love serving the people of Nassau County on this little Amelia Island.





This blog post was written by NHC FL AmeriCorps Alum, Rebecca Miller.

Rebecca served at Barnabas as a Care Coordintator.