When you walk into the clinic at El Viejo, one of the first smiles to greet you is Ligia Junieth Baquedano Martinez.
As one of our triage nurses, Ligia is often the first face patients see when arriving at our clinic. As a volunteer, I’ve learning that she won’t hesitate to walk right up to you, kiss you on the cheek and put you to work! She is also the one who does all the bulletin boards and decorations you see adorning the walls. She is known as the outgoing, fun, full-of-personality employee who always has everyone laughing. Ligia has been a nurse for 4 years but she used her skills for volunteering and outreach until the she found a job that was the perfect fit for her- Clinica Iniciative Medica El Viejo (the PMI Nicaragua medical center)! She has been working at the clinic since it opened on February 4th.
We took some time to sit down with Ligia to learn a little more about the woman behind the nursing station.
How did you hear about PMI, and what made you want to work for us?
After I finished nursing school, I decided that I didn’t want to get a job until I knew that it was the job God wanted me to take. Every time I would get a job opportunity, I would go to my pastors and ask them to pray about it with me. I never felt like it was the right job, so I decided that I would do volunteer work until the right job came along. In December of 2013, I volunteered with a PMI team for the first time, and I loved it! At the time, I didn’t know that there were any plans to build a clinic here. Then one day I was walking in El Viejo and saw construction on the building. I asked the man working if this was a PMI clinic, and he said yes. I told him I was a nurse, and he gave me an application. I was really excited and went straight to my pastors, and we prayed about it. I knew this was the job God had for me before I even got the position! I want to work at this clinic as long as God will let me.
Ligia taking a patient’s weight during a PMI medical outreach in December 2013.
What do you do in your spare time?
Whenever I’m not working, I’m spending time with my family. I have a husband, a 12-year-old boy and a 2-year-old little girl at home. We usually stay at the house and just spend time together.
What have you learned since you started working with PMI?
I have learned so much since I started working here! First, I’ve learned that people can help each other. We all have the ability to make a difference in someone’s life just by showing them that we care about them. Second, I’ve learned that to be a nurse, you really have to have a calling. There are many days that I’m sad, frustrated or angry, but I have to remember that I have a purpose. I ask God every morning for strength and to remind me that it’s not about me.
What is your favorite thing about working with your PMI team?
I love working with this team because we all have the same goal- we just want to help people.
If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
(Laughing) Maybe Tom Cruise, Ben Affleck, Donald Trump or Ronald McDonald. I don’t know, I can’t decide!
Written by Megan Garner