Griselda Olivas, a registered nurse with over 30 years of experience in the medical field, is often described as a true advocate for women in the fight against breast cancer.As a kid Olivas was the friend that will always take care others, “if my friends were injured I will go and get a band –aid,” says Olivas.
“My mom used to tease me and say, you are going to be a nurse when you grow up.”
Today Olivas applies more than just band-aids; she is a registered nurse at Saint Joseph’s Medical Center and Cancer Navigator for the mobile mammography program.
Olivas first job was at San Joaquin General Hospital. But ultimately she wanted to work specifically in women`s health.
And so one day, 16 years ago, looking at the newspaper, a job ad caught her attention.
“They [San Joseph`s Hospital] were looking for a bilingual nurse who would do community outreach for women`s health.”
“I will like to do something like that, to go out to the community and help my Latina women,” thought Olivas that day.
And so she started working for the cancer detention program at medical center and has worked tirelessly to improve the care of breast cancer patients around the community.
“When I started we had one little cart and that was our clientele… we now grown into a file room with over 4, 000 charts and 60 percent and more are Latina women.”
During her first years with the program, Olivas realized that many of her patients only spoke Spanish, and that many women did not attended their appointments.
Olivas created the navigation services programand the “Comadre” (Comrade) workshop which caters to the needsof women, especially Latinas facing breast cancer.
As a Cancer Navigator Olivas, many times picks up her patients and takes them to their appointments. “I knew for a fact that they will keep up with their appointments and I will be there to advocate to translate and to support them at the same time.”
At the time Latinas had limited informational resources due to the language barrier, the “Comadre” workshop dedicated to provide resources and information about breast cancer in the Latina community.
“I come from a strong Latina family and there is a lot of “comadres”, when we sit down we talk about everything from A-Z …this was a time of sharing , talk about our health and about what we are doing to take care of ourselves.”
13 years have passed and the mission of the Comadre Workshop continues, the next one to be held at St. Linus Church on Tuesday, October 30th from 5:30 -8:00 P.M.
“I just want to make sure that my ladies get the best care and are treated with dignity and respect … that is my mission.”
To attend the Comadre Workshop you must registered by calling (209) 461-5367.
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SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY— Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named San Joaquin Delta College to the coveted 2013 Military Friendly Schools list.
The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the country’s top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that do the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as they work toward academic and career success. Delta College was also selected to the 2012 Military Friendly Schools list.
“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Delta College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows, we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for military friendly schools. Congratulations to San Joaquin Delta College.”
Denise Donn, Director of Financial Aid & Veteran Services, was proud that Delta College has again been recognized for serving veterans and active military. “Delta College will continue to make the extra effort to help our veterans achieve their academic and career goals. It’s important that those who put their lives on the line for their country know Delta College is their dedicated partner. Our commitment will not waver.”
Victory Media’s 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and data-driven surveys of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools. The survey results for the list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP, based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology and criteria developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.
If you want to learn more about the survey methodology information is available at: http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/methodology
San Joaquin Delta College’s Veteran Resource Center moved to its new location in the DeRicco Student Services Building (DeRicco 151) and it will be open on October 13, 2012 — the first day of Delta’s fall semester. The Veteran Resource Center provides: Quiet Study Area; Tutoring; Computer Access; Workshops; Veteran Benefits Information; Networking and support with other campus veterans and a meeting space for the Veteran Student Alliance.