A Pawleys Island native, Griffith knew that she wanted a career in health care by the time she was a teen. She never imagined she’d face a pandemic like this.
Even more recently, during the Ebola outbreak in 2014-16 in Africa, she never thought the extensive personal protective equipment she watched health care providers put on in training videos would become her normal routine.
“I never thought I’d actually have to wear it,” she said.
Griffith, 35, was inspired to become a nurse when she was a teenager growing up in Pawleys Island. A neighbor was battling cancer, and Griffith often sat with her as she received chemotherapy treatments. Griffith’s innate sense of wanting to care for and comfort her – hallmarks of a successful nurse – kicked in. (The neighbor recovered and is doing well today.)
“I loved the interactions she had with the nursing staff,” Griffith recalled. “As a nurse, you develop this bond with family.”