"When my brother was in his early 20s he got diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, and I was just impressed by the nurses, the great care that he received, and I thought what a better rewarding career than to become a nurse," she said.
Lisa talked to her sister, Neila Sousa, into going into nursing school with her.
"It didn't take a lot of convincing. It was something I had always thought about. The opportunity presented itself, so we did. We decided to go to school together," Neila said.
Neila is a nurse manager in the cardiology unit at Miriam. But her sister Lisa wasn't done yet.
She convinced her husband, Duarte, who was a maintenance mechanic, that he might like a career a nursing.
"My whole family background, we have always been taught to, inspired to care for those who cannot care for themselves. So it fit the bill," Duarte said.
Duarte works in the emergency department at Miriam. He also convinced his twin brother, Carlos, who was also a maintenance engineer that he should get into nursing too.
"It's very inspirational. The patients, once you get into those rooms, boy, you really build a relationship," said Carlos, who is a registered nurse at Miriam.
Ana Troia is the sister of Carlos and Duarte, and when she was losing her factory job, one of her brothers approached her about a career in nursing.
"So my brother said, 'It'd be good for you because you love to work with people. Join us.' And I came in. I did housekeeping first because I wanted to go in the patient rooms to see if I liked the job and I fell in love with it," Ana said.
Ana is a certified nursing assistant working on the same floor as Carlos.
So five family members, related by either blood or marriage, are working under the same roof and loving it.
"I'm still inspired. It's a very rewarding career," Lisa said.
"Although we all work in different areas, we all have a common goal of giving great patient care," Neila said.
"I love working with people," Duarte said.
"We love it," Carlos said.
"You go home and know you've accomplished something," Ana said.
Ana received her certificate in 2008. Lisa, Neila, Duarte and Carlos are all first-generation college graduates in their families. Both sets of parents came from the Azores and instilled the importance of education.
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