Navy Veteran and Home Care Nurse Carline Francois Talks Service

November 2018 | Someone once said “life is a journey, and if you don’t know where you are going, you are bound to get lost.” My experiences in life have taught me that life allows U-turns and it’s never too late to make that turn. I joined the U.S. Navy in 1990 and was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia where I spent seven years learning different trades. I learned how to paint, weld, and much more. After leaving the Navy, I worked as a computer analyst for Ernst & Young for five years. I loved and enjoyed working as a computer analyst; but I felt empty; I felt I was missing something. I discussed this feeling with my parents and took their advice and made my decision to enroll in nursing school; my parents advice was the catalyst of U-turn to embrace my true calling.

I’m presently employed at Americare, Inc. where I am given the opportunity to continue to grow every day, gaining new knowledge, experiencing nursing from many different areas. I’m given the opportunity to teach people from all walks of life to become Certified Home Health Aides and I also teach orientation and in-services classes to Home Health Aides. I am also given the opportunity go out into the community to conduct assessments for patients requiring home care services.The knowledge and experiences I’ve gained working at Americare, Inc. are invaluable, and I’m thankful and grateful that my U-turn has brought me to where I am today.Someone once said “no matter how long you’ve travelled in the wrong direction, you can always turn around.”

-Carline Francois, RN MPH