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Name: Sherrell A. Thomas-Nelson.

Department: Clinical Effectiveness.

How long at MUSC: Seven months. (I was previously employed at MUSC as a social worker and I left and recently returned.)

Last book read: Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston.

Community service: I am involved in community activities through my church.

Pet peeve: I don’t like visitors to come to my home without calling first.

What led you to choose social work as a career: I always had an interest in helping people. My summer job as a teen was always in a community-based program helping others.

Favorite local landmark: Avery Institute.

What makes MUSC different from other social work job settings you’ve worked in: By working in a teaching hospital, I have a chance to meet different people from various backgrounds and experiences.

Someone famous you would like to meet: Barack Obama.

Something your parents told you: Be able to take of yourself without depending on anyone.

Something you have tried once and will never do again: Whitewater rafting.

What one piece of advice would you share with social workers starting work at MUSC: You will carry many responsibilities and you will always be surrounded by new challenges. However, don’t sweat the small stuff, and don’t carry the issues of the people you are trying to help home with you.

Friday, March 7, 2008
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