Ana Saavedra grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Georgetown University’s nursing program. She realized that there was a shortage of Spanish-speaking nurses serving Hispanic communities when she had to constantly translate for her parents at doctors appointments. This shortage inspires her to make a difference in low-income communities as a bilingual nurse. During her time at Georgetown, she says she was one of few colored people and had to work harder to achieve the same opportunities as her classmates. Luckily, her parents’ support and help is what pushed her through the challenges of nursing school. Ana says she couldn’t have done it without them. She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) chapter in Illinois, where she gathers with other Hispanic nurses to educate communities about health insurance and preventative care.
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