Student volunteer inspired to become nurse returns eight years later

HARLINGEN — At the age of 15, Ingrid Ledbetter knew she wanted to make a difference in the lives of others and began on this journey through the junior volunteer program at Valley Baptist Health System.

Today, Ingrid has returned to Valley Baptist Health System 8 years later, with her nursing credentials feeling ready and confident to begin her career.

“I would encourage any young teens to take advantage of the volunteer program because it exposes you to the hospital environment and helps you navigate the field of interest you may have,” said Ledbetter, RN for Valley Baptist Health System.

“My experience here made me want to come back and do even more to help patients and deliver a higher level of care.”

Ledbetter, now a nurse for the Emergency Department, knew from the time she volunteered with Valley Baptist that she wanted to go into the healthcare field.

The Junior Volunteer program works to introduce young students interested in a career in healthcare to the different opportunities and career paths available.

“One of the most fulfilling parts of working with our junior volunteers is when we see them return to us ready to take on the healthcare profession,” said Katie McCarty, Director of Volunteer Services for Valley Baptist Health System. “Ingrid is a wonderful example of the impact our program can have on our students. We have so many opportunities available here at Valley Baptist.”

Volunteer opportunities are available for adults and students in a variety of different departments and with schedules convenient for you.

“I couldn’t be happier with the opportunity I was provided as a student. The advice and teachings has been invaluable to me and I am proud to now be part of the Valley Baptist team as nurse.”

To learn more about volunteering with Valley Baptist Health System, visit: https://www.valleybaptist. net/for-family-visitors/ volunteer-with-us To learn about a career with Valley Baptist Health

System, visit: https://www.valleybaptist. net/about-us/ careers

About Valley Baptist Health System

Valley Baptist Health System is an 866-bed faith-based regional health system located in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

It is focused on helping people achieve health for life through compassionate service inspired by faith.

Valley Baptist extends many of its services beyond its facilities and into local communities, offering free screenings for the community, support groups and numerous educational opportunities.

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