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Neurology team helps nurse become U.S. citizen

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
By Blair Callahan
citizenship party

A Duke University Hospital nurse on unit 4100 recently became a U.S. citizen through the help of her supportive colleagues, who also planned an American-themed potluck celebration for her.

Gerda Williams, RN, has worked at Duke for 20 years and recently decided to complete the process to become a U.S. citizen due in part to support from her team.

"I've tried to do the application a few times, but I always got stuck," said Williams. "I just never followed through with it until this year, after discussing it with my colleagues."

With the support of her coworkers, Williams finished the lengthy paperwork process and started prepping for the test. Members of her unit, eager to help her pass the test, quizzed her during their free time to help her study.

"My team's support was awesome and exciting, because they knew how much I wanted to be a citizen and they helped make it happen," said Williams.

Nicole Bowers, RN, said they planned the potluck as her official welcome from the unit.

"We know she worked hard for this, and we wanted to let her know how proud we were, and that we recognized her dedication to becoming a citizen," said Bowers.

"Becoming a citizen was a great feeling," said Williams. "I love this country, and I love working in a place where people from all over the world come for care."

This story originally appeared here on the DukeHealth intranet site (Duke access required).