Columbia Medical Assisting Grad Maintains Cheerful Attitude during Pandemic
It’s easy to feel negative in a world when so many people are testing positive. And while COVID-19 is highly contagious, Tyesha Hinson is demonstrating that a sunny attitude is equally so, especially during these dark days. A 2019 Medical Assisting graduate from the Columbia, South Carolina campus, she now works for Cooperative Health as a member of the COVID Team.
“Yes, it is a very scary time to work in healthcare, but we can’t think about that part while we are out there. We have to think about the mission so we can flatten the curve and help more people before it’s too late and they are in the hospital fighting for their lives. All of us on the team depend and lean on one another for moral support and we help keep each other going.”– Tyesha Hinson, Columbia Campus Medical Assisting Graduate
Most days, Tyesha works in a large parking lot where cars pass through filled with anxious people waiting to be tested for the COVID virus. “We try to be a positive influence by educating and testing our patients and doing our very best to make them feel at ease with taking this test,” she says. “Yes, it is a very scary time to work in healthcare but we can’t think about that part while we are out there. We have to think about the mission so we can flatten the curve and help more people before it’s too late and they are in the hospital fighting for their lives. All of us on the team depend and lean on one another for moral support and we help keep each other going.”
Another part of Tyesha’s job is to go into the community and educate people about virus transmission and prevention. “I love traveling all over South Carolina, doing my part to help keep our communities safe and protected from this virus,” she says. “We don’t know how long this virus is going to last and we have to be there for one another and do the best we can in order to stay safe and COVID free. I try to offer a kind word and a smile, especially for those that are scared of the test or fear the whole ‘not knowing’ if they are positive or negative.”
Tyesha’s desire to serve goes back many years, beginning with her enlistment in the Army. After being injured, she was forced to leave the military after eight years of service. Always seeking to help others, a friend who was attending ECPI University suggested she consider a career in healthcare. “It has always been my passion to be there for anybody and maybe save a life,” she says. “If I can save just one life, it would have all been worth it. I feel that no day should be taken for granted and we all should love one another and spend time with our loved ones because we are losing so many of them to this deadly virus. I just want to become the person that my husband, children, family, and friends can look at and say, ‘wow she has made a difference, no matter how big or small that difference is.’”