History of W.O.M.E.N

Intern Testimonials

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In collaboration with Tennessee State University’s Nursing program W.O.M.E.N.  has provided a mutually beneficial clinical experience to the nursing students.  We would love to share your stories; If you would like to be an intern or if you were a past intern and would like to share your experience please let us know. Below we are thrilled to share with you the feed back of the individual experiences while interning  with us.

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My personal experience with this organization has been beneficial to furthering my career as a nurse. It has shed some light on community health nursing for me. I have been able to explore all the various aspects of what goes into running such an organization for the community. I was able to witness first hand the hard work involved in maintaining and running this non-profit organization. As students working with WOMEN, we were able to collaborate with one another to complete our class activities. These activities involved either raising money or organizing events with several businesses for the near future. By “planting the seed” with certain businesses, we are playing our role as community health nursing students. Our efforts during this clinical will start a chain reaction throughout the semester for WOMEN. Ms. Catherine also welcomed us in with open arms and expressed how truly thankful she was for all our help.
   Seeing the passion Ms. Catherine has for her organization and all the effort she puts into her work is unbelievable. One week during this rotation I was able to take a moment to read through the history books for WOMEN. It was remarkable to me to see so many letters from middle school students where Ms. Catherine spoke, letters from government officials congratulating her and supporting her, and even just looking through pictures of her with her community and individuals that share the same struggles she did. She has in fact accomplished what she set out to do and make a difference in her community.
Overall I enjoyed taking part in helping WOMEN in their over 22 years of education and supporting women in the Nashville community and surrounding area.
—Shelbi Maynard

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“The time I have spent volunteering at W.O.M.E.N. as an intern has been a wonderful experience. The environment is both positive and welcoming. This organization was founded by a powerful and well spoken woman, Ms. Catherine. She is genuine, strong, and caring. Ms. Catherine applies her knowledge and personal characteristics to help others in need in any way she can. This organization, with help from the staff, holds true to its vision by continuing to make a difference in the lives of women through prevention education and nutrition.                
  – Shea Williams Intern
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” The purpose of this nonprofit organization is to support women with HIV, domestic abuse victims, drug abusers, homeless women, and those who need counseling while respecting the confidentiality of all clients. From this clinical experience, I was motivated to keep doing the right thing. I have learned that no matter how dark life gets, I can always help those in need. From a health standpoint, it is very crucial to keep all patients records confidential. When she said that she lost her job, because her HIV record got leaked, I was frantic on the inside. Nobody deserves to go through what she went through with certain doctors and other HCPs. Different life crisis and adversities can make you stronger than ever, even though it may take time to actually believe in yourself. ”   
-Nursing Student 
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” During my clinical rotation at the W.O.M.E.N’s Organization I have gained so much about the standard and reason for the founding this organization. Ms. Catherine Wyatt-Morley encountered a life-changing situation that placed her in two alternatives. That was to crumble and fall or stand tall and fight the odds. She chose to fight. She chose to speak up to let her voice be heard about the awareness that would soon take place in Middle Tennessee. I find her perseverance incredible. Ms. Wyatt-Morley represents someone who truly started from the bottom and with time and dedication has risen to the top. She started this organization over 20 years ago and it is still thriving till this day. I have gained so much knowledge from this woman that one word could not describe it all. I learned that to build a non-profit organization, takes hard work. You have to form relationships with various companies to get them to donate supply to reach those in need. The assignment I chose to do involved me driving to several Harley-Davidson locations around Nashville to see if they would be interested in donating a few shirts to be sold on eBay which in return raises money for the non-profit organization and gives the donating company a tax break. I learned that when going on a go-see I need to be more concise on what the organization I am representing is seeking for when collaborating with potential partners. I didn’t know this part of the business on the last go-see but now that I am aware. I know now how to word information in a way that doesn’t just say “we want your company to donate” instead, making the opportunity one everyone can benefit from. So from this experience I have gained more knowledge on how to conduct myself in more business professional manner. ”    
 –Tia Strickland
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” Ms. Wyatt-Morley has utilized her diagnosis and abilities to serve others in successful ways.  She has paved the way for love, security, and acceptance to enter the lives of those faced with adversity.” As she states: “your career is what you’re paid for; your calling is what you’re made for”
-Volunteer 
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” I have enjoyed my clinical experience at this location because it has opened my eyes up to the importance of HIV/AIDS support. Catherine has impacted and reached countless lives. I think this organization represents Community Health perfectly. This organization represents this because they not only provide support to those in need, but links the community to medical care, provides mental wellness initiatives, free screening, education and counseling about the disease, access to Youth Zone and transportation for those I need. I plan on supporting this organization during my clinical rotation the best I can through donations of necessities. I am motivated by Catherine to make an impact throughout my entire career by reaching out to the community. ”
 -Student 
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” My experience at W.O.M.E.N. was eye opening, interesting, and intriguing on how just one person can make such a large difference in the local community, America, and the world without many resources. I was able to learn so much about HIV and AIDS and how Nashville is very under-served with this type of assistance. I believe many more people will be able to receive assistance with this organization and it is an invaluable resource in the Nashville community.”
-Student of Nursing
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” After spending some time at WOMEN, my observation and time spent in the facility has left a positive impression. The atmosphere is calm and friendly and there’s a smiling and welcoming face behind each desk. The cleanliness and organization of the facility is also something that I took note of. It’s by no means a “state of the art” facility with the newest electronics and technology, but it’s evident that Ms. Catherine has made the most with the resources they have available. Years of files, documents, grants, accomplishments, and past events are documented and neatly filed away in binders and organized by time periods. Supplies are neatly stored in clearly labeled drawers. The library is filled with numerous books, videos, and resources for both educational and enjoyment purposes. One thing that stood out about the “library” is that children are welcomed. This simple convenience is just one tiny example of how WOMEN has been structured with women in mind.” 
 – Tennessee State University BSN student 

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I had read a lot about W.O.M.E.N. over the years of my medical training and schooling but I was very excited when I got the opportunity to actually do my intern hours for the agency and work so closely with Ms. Catherine. She has changed my mind set and taught me so much in such a short time. I found myself eager to get to the office each morning because every day was a new lesson full of different hands on duties. I’m very happy to have spent the time I did at W.O.M.E.N. working with Ms. Catherine and her staff  Thank you.”
– Cara M
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“From this clinical experience, I was motivated to keep doing the right thing. I have learned that no matter how dark life gets, I can always help those in need. From a health standpoint, it is very crucial to keep all patients records confidential. When she said that she lost her job, because her HIV record got leaked, I was frantic on the inside. Nobody deserves to go through what she went through with certain doctors and other HCPs. Different life crisis and adversities can make you stronger than ever, even though it may take time to actually believe in yourself.”
 
—Mya Westbrooks       

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“I am glad I got the opportunity to come to W.OM.E.N. It gave me the opportunity to realize how great of a need there is for an organization with this time of services. As a woman I can only imagine how devastating it could be to have that type of life experiences and have no one. Not everyone is as blessed as others, and no matter what they have gone through in their lifetime they are still human and need someone.”
 
—Kayla Wooden

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“During this rotation, I volunteered to check the logs. I learned that many of these participants have no support in place but this organization. The staff goes above and beyond to help these individuals and their families in all aspects of their lives. Wyatt-Morley is a wonderful role model for the population. Her determination, strength, and courage has really motivated and inspired me to want to do more for our community. She has demonstrated caring, compassion, leadership, advocacy, and much more for the population she serves. Her staffs takes their role seriously and have touched the lives of so many people.”
—Amanda Griffin

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“During this clinical experience, I learned that there are organizations in the Nashville area that has made a difference in the world and will continue to thrive to do so. I learned that this organization needs help from us, the community, to maintain to provide services to the community. The Nashville community needs to be aware of the services that are provided to them and support them in any way necessary.”
—Sandra Bogle

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“My experience meeting Catherine and working at WOMEN has been nothing less than humbling. Her personal story and fight against HIV and for WOMEN is compelling as she speaks truthfully and passionately about her work and the organization. The truck tire sized history books documenting WOMEN and its journey over the past two decades provides only a brief overview of the impact that WOMEN has actually had in our community.”
-Latisha Means

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