When I first got to the hospital in December 2016, I was a nurse, a midwife, and a family medicine resident.
I’d been an obstetrician for six years and had been on the job for more than a decade, but I was still in my mid-20s.
I was an ambitious young doctor, but at the same time I wasn’t exactly sure where to start.
I knew that I wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon, but how would I learn?
Would I get the training and accreditation to do it?
Or would I have to go back to school to get the experience?
I knew I wanted an orthopaedic surgeon who was comfortable working with kids and adults, and I wanted someone who could work in the pediatric intensive care unit, where I’d be able to work with the babies and the mothers who would be dying in my care.
So I decided to take a risk and ask for a job at Georgetown Hospital.
It’s the only hospital in Washington, D.C., that has an intensive care team and has been operating on kids since 2005.
My colleagues were excited to see me, and the hospital was excited to work me.
I thought I was ready for a new chapter.
It was also a time when I was feeling very comfortable at home.
We all had our jobs, and our families had their own.
So when my family and I got a call from Georgetown Hospital saying that we had been hired to work at the pediatric center, it was a huge moment.
My husband, a surgeon, had always been so passionate about medicine, and we knew that we wanted to work together.
After my initial interview, I asked for my salary.
I wanted $100,000 per year, and to be clear, that was not a contract.
It wasn’t even a “do it for me” kind of salary.
It came from my father, who worked as a pediatric surgeon in a private practice in the Washington, DC area, and was paid that kind of money as well.
My parents worked from home, so they were very well off, but my husband and I didn’t have a car, so I asked my parents for $250,000.
My dad’s salary was $300,000 a year, which is more than $100 a week.
We had $20,000 left over, so my husband had to work two jobs, but we could afford to do so.
We took our paychecks and gave them to our children.
After the initial conversation with my parents, my husband was able to make the decision that he wanted to move to the DC area to be closer to the kids.
When we got there, the hospital staff was so welcoming and patient, and everyone was very respectful.
We didn’t need any formal training.
We were able to take on all the duties and duties were delegated to us.
We felt like we were in the right place at the right time.
When I went to work, I immediately felt comfortable.
There was no pressure, and my patients were the kind of people I’d always hoped to meet.
I had a wonderful, supportive work environment.
I didn, however, find myself on the receiving end of some very inappropriate comments, and that made me very uncomfortable.
We found that there was a certain amount of bullying, and it felt like the staff would treat me in a way that was unacceptable to them.
So it was only after I started working that I began to realize how deeply the abuse I experienced in the hospital really hurt.
There were a lot of jokes about the kids, which I was quite shocked by.
One of my patients was so mean to me that he even called me a “baby bitch.”
When I was on my shift, I’d walk into my work area and my colleagues would make comments about the patients in the room, or about me.
Sometimes they’d be teasing or making comments about me in front of my colleagues, or making jokes about my appearance.
I would laugh it off, because I knew they were joking, but it was hard not to think about it.
I also experienced the stigma of being black in the U.S. While I was working in the intensive care ward, I would often be the only black patient in the waiting room.
I felt like I was always the only person in the ER who didn’t know my name.
One day, I decided that I was going to call the ER staff and tell them that I had been assaulted and that I didn.
The staff told me that it was okay, and they said that they didn’t care.
When the nurse arrived, she was actually wearing an all-black suit.
She was just so friendly and nice, and when I asked her why she wore that suit, she said that she needed to be more assertive.
I still feel a sense of shame about this incident, but also the fear that I will be discriminated against again if I continue