To celebrate Let’s Talk Month!, a month dedicated to promoting parent/child communication about sexual health topics, we’re excited to highlight Jessica Arter and her work on the Hartford Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative. Here’s what Jessica had to say about her experience working on the initiative:
I remember my first day working on HTPPI. Everything was new. I had little experience in reproductive health but I knew for sure I was interested in learning everything possible. I knew working on a project like this would fulfill my purpose in making a difference and helping others, which is one of the main reasons I became a nurse.
Since a very young age, I’ve always liked the sciences and caring for others. After much investigation of potential careers, nursing offered the best balance of my interests. The field of nursing is also very diverse, nurses can potentially work anywhere desired. Nurses can become certified midwives, school nurses, surgical nurses, flight/transport nurses, emergency nurses, nursing educators/professors, nurse researchers, home health care nurse, informatics, or nurse managers; the opportunities are endless . Early in my nursing career, I decided public health nursing was worth giving a try.
I’ve been working in public health for about 10 months, and I have loved every moment of it. Being a part of HTPPI is great feeling; we are a part of the evolving solution to pregnancy and STI rates in Hartford teens. As a part of the clinical team, I have been working with local clinics to improve adolescent services. Some of our clinical goals include creating a teen friendly environment, increasing patient access and education to contraceptives, and increasing the number of teens seen through community outreach. The team I am apart of is creative, innovative, hardworking, and that is best environment to be in. I look forward to more of HTPPI’s accomplishments and my future as a nurse.
Jessica is currently pursuing her M.S.N. in public health nursing at University of Hartford. Her work with the Northern CT Black Nurses Association was recently featured on NPR.