Jamila’s Story

Taking care of others has been part of Jamila Makokha’s life since she was a small girl. By age five, Jamila was the primary caregiver to her siblings. After losing a family member due to a poor healthcare system in her native country, Jamila knew her calling was to help people.

Jamila has worked for ChildServe for almost eight years as a registered respiratory therapist. Great life moments to Jamila are when kids come to ChildServe’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Program after experiencing extreme trauma or injury and find success after working so hard to reach their goals.

“After a few months of therapy, these kids walk out, some not even in a wheelchair,” says Jamila. “That moment when they walk home is what melts my heart away. At this job we laugh, we cry, and we celebrate joy.”

Jamila’s drive to help others led her to go back to school for a bachelor’s of nursing and participate in ChildServe’s Nursing Residency Program.

“There is no end with learning,” says Jamila. “Through the residency program, I have improved so much in my relationship-building skills with families, kids and team members. I can better prioritize my work and that has helped me a lot during challenging moments. I definitely have developed more resilience after doing the nursing residency program; it was a very rewarding experience.”

Most of all, Jamila appreciates the support she has found from her team members and leaders at ChildServe.

“Being a nurse at ChildServe is very unique,” says Jamila. “Here, you are valued, heard and there is a very good support system that helps our nursing team develop the best possible care.”

“There is that culture of togetherness. You get to know everyone around you. Everyone from all departments shows up to give the kids we serve the best possible outcome.”

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ChildServe improves the health and well-being of nearly 5,800 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We serve children with developmental delays, disabilities, injuries, and other special healthcare needs.

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