Success Story: Shandiin Wood

Shandiin WoodWhy did you choose your specific health professional career?

I’ve always wanted to work in public service and give.

What experiences did you have to make sure this profession was right for you?

The small moments that occur not very often but can make up for the long days and stress and justify every effort made to help another person or family.

Describe any obstacles or barriers to success that you encountered along your health professional career path and how did you overcome them?

Understanding the clinical narrative and how that has a direct effect on my job. For example, knowing how a person’s psychosocial wellbeing and mood state can greatly affect all levels of a person’s ability to

What do you do in your current job?

I am a liaison between residents, family members, health care staff, and any external health organizations ensuring and coordinating a patient’s plan of care while at the facility and for their discharge back into the community.

What advice do you have for American Indian/Alaska Native students who are interested in health careers?

Don’t hesitate or second-guess your odds or chances and never ever stop asking questions.