Admirable are those who have already spent many years in service to their community but have so much more to give. In a world where self-centered pursuits and express neglect of others can be typical, people who are passionate about impacting lives for the better stand out.
As a registered nurse, Jennifer Grooms, BSN, RN, has dedicated more than a decade of her life to provide care to those in need. She has considerable experience as a mental health counselor and is acknowledged for her excellence as a Level One trauma nurse. To date, Jennifer has graced ten different emergency departments and also accumulated five years of experience as a travel nurse.
Given her impressive track record, no one would have batted an eye if she decided to slow down. But this healthcare professional is just getting started. She established RekMed, a company whose mission is to provide the medical community with high-quality educational planners. And in November, her entrepreneurial venture released its first-ever product — The Student Nurse Planner. It sold out in a month and a half, and its success is not surprising because of how beneficial it is to student nurses.
Through their planners, Jennifer and the rest of the incredible staff at RekMed wish to give back to healthcare professionals and show them a much-deserved appreciation for the hard work that they do as caregivers. With this goal in mind, they designed each planner to suit the organizational and informational needs of users. It contains reference pages as well as a section intended for the user’s de-stressing sessions.
More importantly, the planner incorporates materials that help break down information so that student nurses can effectively learn and apply what they have absorbed in their practice.
Jennifer’s contribution to the medical community is not only through her products. Her story, rife with determination and grit, is the testimonial everyone needs. Having defied all the odds that stood in the way of her dreams, this highly recognized caregiver used to battle not only with her personal weaknesses but also against the assumptions of others.
As a person with dyslexia, Jennifer struggled with tests and other school-related matters. She was on the receiving end of hurtful judgments and deemed not smart enough to pass nursing by people around her.
Moreover, Jennifer found herself overwhelmed at the sight of blood. Before becoming a nurse, she used to pass out whenever she saw blood and could not even handle watching a needle go into an arm without fainting. But, determined to see her dreams realized, she explored ways she could desensitize herself and succeeded in redefining her relationship with blood by watching countless videos.
Her victory over her fear and the doubts of others led her to become a primary trauma and resuscitation nurse at multiple Level One centers. Not only that, but Jennifer is also one of the most reliable healthcare professionals in the ER.
Jennifer’s impact is further felt in her support of future practitioners. As a believer in the power of education, RekMed serves as a much-needed educational platform, creating scholarships for underprivileged individuals in need of assistance in their pursuit of a medical career. Currently, it is working on a program that will allow the youth to come and shadow healthcare professionals once COVID-19 is no longer an issue.
Jennifer believes in enabling others to become the best in their field. This is why she has committed and will continue to dedicate time and effort to developing materials that can be of use to her colleagues and future medical practitioners. RekMed is set to release two other planners called Critical Care Nurse Planner, and the Paramedic Planner, lending a hand to other professionals.
This acclaimed nurse plans to expand her business in the future and will bank on its inevitable growth to give back to the medical community and be in service to those in need.
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