A childhood experience seeing her grandmother get hurt being pushed to the pavement led Claudia Nelson to want to pursue a career in healthcare.
Nelson has been in the United States for more than 40 years and is originally from El Salvador in Central America. She is a Pipil Indian, who are descendants of Aztecs. Her favorite family tradition is the oral history that gets passed down from mother to older daughter.
Keeping Connections Through Food
Food is a way to connect, both to our own culture and to experience others’ cultures.
“My favorite cultural dish is Pupusas,” Nelson says. “This dish is made with corn flour and shaped into a tortilla and stuffed with cheese, beans and any kind of meat you wish. This is usually served with homemade salsa and curtido. Curtido is a type of lightly fermented cabbage relish, used in Salvadorean cuisine.”
A customer service representative and nursing assistant at St. Francis Medical Center since 2019, Nelson answers phones, facilitates, consultations and admits and discharges patients.
Our DEI Commitment
Our ministry’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion supports culturally competent care education for our team members all year long, including during Hispanic Heritage Month each September 15 to October 15.