My name is Sandy Chiem, and I graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2012 with a BSN. I have some experience working in acute care, and am currently working as a traumatic brain injury nurse at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. I really love my job, and have found that I really enjoy the relationships I form with my patients, especially in the rehabilitation setting. In regards to volunteering, I have always wanted to do humanitarian work, especially internationally. As a nurse I know that my skills and innate compassion give me the ability to impact the lives of others at such a profound magnitude. I want to live a life of adventure, passion, and selflessness. Life is often too short to not do the things you love and to not pursue your dreams. I applied for Jo’s Nurse’s because I wanted to do something that would change my life forever. I will come back a better nurse, friend, sister, daughter, and person. I always use to tell myself that I was going to save the world one day. And I’m officially taking that first step. I want to be fearless. I want to be free. I want to love like I’ve never loved, and give as though I’ve never given.
Guatemala will be my first of many mission trips to come, as I’m also headed to the remote villages of Zambia, Africa this coming August. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I help those whose happiness comes from life’s small pleasures. People who do not have much, but are rich in spirit, faith and love. Because in the end, personal wealth is not a measure of how much money you have, or how many brand name items you own, but rather it is a measure of your happiness, the love you have for yourself and those important to you, your dreams and passions, and the difference you make in the lives of others.