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Cristina Pierce on the importance of consistency, staying organized, and doing what you are passionate about

Cristina and her husband

You may have noticed Cristina bustling about Groundwork before. Perhaps she was still in her nurses uniform, preparing for or teaching a class in one of the meeting rooms. Maybe you have wondered what Cristina does professionally, or what types of classes she teaches. Not only is Cristina currently the RN Healthcare Training Director of Lifestream Inc, a social services organization providing community-based services throughout Southeastern MA, she also runs her own small business, teaching MAP (Medical Administration Training) classes. Cristina is a motivated, passionate individual, always striving to achieve happiness and fulfillment in both her personal and professional life. Here is your chance to get to know more about all that Cristina does and hopes to do for her community.

What’s your profession?

I am currently working as the RN Healthcare Training Director for Lifestream, Inc. in New Bedford. I also run a small business providing Medication Administration Training a couple of evenings a week. 

Describe a typical work day for you.

 I typically arrive for work at 7:45am after dropping my daughter off at school. I listen to my voice messages and check emails and respond accordingly. If I am not teaching a Medication Administration (MAP) class, I am preparing for a class. If I am teaching a class, it starts at 9am and ends at 2pm. My afternoon is usually spent catching up with my co-workers on Nurse Certificates that I need to sign and approve. We discuss any student issues, usually if we have students struggling in our CNA program, my LPNs will ask me for feedback on how to proceed with having them move forward in our program. I am regularly consulted by my colleagues about our policies, procedures, and at the moment we are working on revamping our Nurse Aide Curriculum. Currently, I am learning all the ins and outs of our invoicing and billing procedures (which is not my favorite task but someone’s gotta do it, lol). 

What’s the biggest challenge you face at your job?

Presently, my biggest challenge is addressing issues that were created by the previous director. I have found that some policies that were implemented for one vendor may not have been implemented for another. Consistency seems to have been an issue all around prior to me filling this role but I am working with my colleagues in developing policies that apply to all and not just to one. 

Do you have a morning routine?

I try to have my breakfast and coffee every morning. That’s really it, lol. 

What are your favorite productivity tips or hacks?

Honestly, just being as organized as I possibly can. I am lost without my agenda and my phone. I often have so much going on in one day that without my agenda and phone telling me what’s on my schedule, I’d be all over the place and very unproductive. I am also learning how to network myself and my services. 

What do you listen to during the day?

I teach most days, so I am usually listening to myself talk (I’m pretty sick of my own voice by the end of the day).

How do you benefit from using a coworking space?

The biggest benefit I would say is being able to provide my students taking an evening class a professional space to learn in. 

What’s in your digital toolbox? (Favorite apps, hardware, etc.)

Apple Podcasts, Email apps, Pinterest, Square App, Venmo (ya know, all the necessities, lol).

What inspires you?

 I don’t have one particular person. I am inspired by people who pursue their happiness. I admire those who can truly say that they wake up in the morning going to do what they are passionate about. That is what I am currently striving to achieve in my life both personally and professionally. 

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