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Keeping Communities Safe: Nurse Monica Castaño Strengthens Underserved PopulationsJune 16, 2021
As a registered nurse and leader of Redeemer Health Home Care, and as a child of parents who immigrated to the U.S. from Colombia, Monica Castaño acutely understands how difficult it can be for underserved populations to access critical services and resources, including the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Nursing has always been my true calling, specifically in making a difference in underserved communities due to my own experience as an immigrant born to deaf parents,” says Monica. During the pandemic, her determination to help protect vulnerable populations led her to join forces with the NJ Medical Reserve Corps, a network of volunteers that provides critical support and services when a public health emergency occurs.
As a member of the Corps, Monica has been able to bring incredible peace of mind to people who otherwise may give up on vaccination due to inadequate childcare, lack of transportation, or competing time commitments. “With the tremendous pain and hurt caused by the pandemic, I was moved to see the outpouring of interest of those looking to be vaccinated in Trenton and how I have been able to help vaccinate the Hispanic population” she says.
Monica’s calling to help at-risk populations is truly an inspiration to her team. But it is not only they who recognize her kindness and compassion. Recently, Thomas Edison State University, where she is currently pursuing a DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice), honored Monica with a full-length feature about her humanitarianism and accomplished scholarship in its magazine, Invention.
Through it all, Monica remains humbled and appreciative. The well-being of her patients and the dedication of her team are never far from her heart. “What inspires me most is seeing the level of commitment my fellow Redeemer Health Home Care and Hospice colleagues have to delivering quality, safe care to our patients and members of our communities.”