Dionne Price is the winner of our Essential Workers Staycation contest! She has worked as a nurse in her beloved city of Wilmington, DE for 19 years, currently serving Wilmington VA Medical Center in ambulatory surgery. Her wonderful narrative also makes her this week’s #PeopleOfWilmDE. Read her story below:
“I grew up in Newark, NJ. Receiving a scholarship to a HBCU, Delaware State University, was absolutely incredible; my senior year I was offered a scholarship to Christiana Care and I chose the Wilmington location, as it reminded me of home.
Working in Wilmington has been so rewarding; seeing the patients I’ve treated at events in the community like the Jazz Festival and them recognizing me (and smiling when they see me) has been the highlight of my career.
Working in Wilmington has allowed me to make professional connections and become a part of various organizations, including Black Nurses Rock, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc, and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. These are all service organizations whose mission is to decrease health disparities and serve the vulnerable brown and Black communities while providing health education on prevention and promotion. Events that we have held include health fairs and partnering with local organizations like CCHS to do blood pressure drives, scholarship fundraisers, and now during the pandemic, virtual health events. Being a member of Delaware Medical Reserve Corps (DMRC), I have assisted with food drives and COVID results calling, all of which is a way for me to connect with others!
I can honestly say I love what I do. I heard once that the ‘dash’ between one’s birth year and death year is the most significant… my goal is to make the “dash” between my dates as memorable as I possibly can. The legacy I am desiring to leave for my girls (I am a single mom of 2 girls: Imani, 17, and Imaya, 5) is one including love, respect, and service for all.
If I were to give any advice for the people of Wilmington, I would say continue to be safe! Continue to be helpful! Don’t believe everything you hear about the city, it’s a great place to be and it’s continuing to grow, expand, and progress!”