Marquitta Rich-Rodgers pictured here at the August 2018 all-staff professional development day. "The MSV mission encompasses who I am and how I live my life." - Marquitta
Where are you from originally?
I am originally from the west side of Chicago, East Garfield Park area.
How did you get into nursing?
I started off working as a CNA [Certified Nursing Assistant] when I was 19 years old. After one year of that I began preparing for my nursing degree as well as working. I got into nursing while working as a CNA. I was encouraged by several of my coworkers as well as my instructor to go back to school for nursing because it is truly my calling. I then began working at Mt. Sinai Hospital as a CNA registry, then as a Mother-Baby CNA, and then family as a Mother-Baby/Postpartum Nurse there and other healthcare facilities.
Can you describe the work you’re doing at MSV?
At Marillac my main purpose and duties are to support the health and safety of the children, education of the staff and parents, and everyone’s overall well-being. I am tasked with ensuring that all policy and procedures that cover health and safety are updated and followed as appropriate.
Why is this work important?
When I became a nurse, my mission was to aid in the betterment of my community. I was aware of the work that was done by Marillac by living in the community and having to use their services in the past. I realized if I was a part of the organization I would be able to carry that on for others.
Why is Marillac St. Vincent’s mission important to you?
The MSV mission encompasses who I am and how I live my life. Everything I do is purposeful so that I have done the greater good unselfishly.
What do you like to do for fun?
For fun I like to read urban novels and watch reality TV (it’s my vice but it is fun to see so much drama!), spend time with my family, and shop online.