This post is the first in a series of interviews from women and girls at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) in Georgetown, Guyana.

I’m here in Georgetown, Guyana to conduct interviews with inspiring women and girls and to listen to their stories. Last week, I met Kennesia Pellew, a 21-year-old nursing student, while she was working in the emergency department at GPHC. From just the few minutes I spoke with her, I could tell Kennesia was extremely passionate about her work, her dreams, and her passions.

What made you interested in becoming a nurse?

A: I wanted to make a difference in a person’s quality of health on an everyday basis.

What is your favorite part about being a nurse?

A: I love being around children. Before I went to nursing school, I was a teacher for two years. I love helping children feel better, particularly in critical cases. Now, I am able to help and have the skills and ability to make kids feel better.

Who inspires you and why?

“I don’t like to focus on the challenges. They are there, but I focus on finding ways around them.”

A: My mother inspires me. Even though she doesn’t have a lot of money or time, she always finds a way to get the job done, whatever that job may be.

Why is women’s health important to you?

A: I think women’s health should be important to everyone! Women inspire the world. They are the ringleaders of developing our future generations.

What are some challenges you have faced?

A: I don’t like to focus on the challenges. They are there, but I focus on finding ways around them. I’ll do anything to reach my goals – including staying up late to study!

What is the one thing you’re most proud of in your career or in life?

A: I’m very proud of my academics. I plan to finish nursing school next year and will then continue my studies at the University of Guyana.

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