Neha Manning, registered nurse at St. Francis Medical Center, shares her Indian heritage and what Asian American Pacific Islander Month means to her. Manning has been a part of our ministry for 15 years.
She shares what inspired her to pursue a career in healthcare. “When I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to help people in some way, and when I got into college, I realized that nursing was the best way to do that and that it was my true calling,” Manning says.
Manning feels most connected to the cultural celebration Garba. Garba is a form of dance that originates from the state of Gujurat in India. Traditionally, it is performed during the nine-day Indian festival Navaratri.
She also enjoys going to Indian weddings with her family. “Indian weddings are very large events that last several days that include ceremonies and parties on both the bride and groom’s side. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with my family,” she says.
The Importance of Diversity and Different Perspectives
Diversity in the workplace is important to Manning because it allows the opportunity to learn about people’s differences. “I am very proud of my culture, and I like to share my culture with other people,” Manning says.
Manning credits her family as the inspiration for her career journey in healthcare. “They have always been there for me and have supported me through difficult times and have helped me become the person I am today,” she says.
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 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month each May.