Teacher, Translator, Traveler: Meet Nurse Frank

November 19, 2017

The way Frank Jimenez sees it, if you’re going to be a great teacher you have to be able to interact with your students. And to be a good nurse, you have to be in tune with the needs of your patients.

Jimenez incorporates both professional and personal life lessons when he attends to progressive intensive care and intensive care patients.

Born in Mexico, the seventh of nine children, Jimenez, 34, was the first in his family to attend college. When he was 12 his family moved to northern Indiana and Jimenez describes his childhood as mostly relaxed.

“Family was important. It was held to a high standard,” said Jimenez. “We were very relaxed. We had chores, but it wasn’t like work was our everything.”

He knew when he went to college that he wanted to eventually study medicine. He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in biology; chemistry and French and started his career teaching Spanish as a second language – his first language. After a time, he worked in as an Eli Lilly researcher, and as a paralegal, and a nursing assistant.

“I was always pulled toward healthcare. Nursing really gets your feet wet and soaks you as well. You get immersed in patient care,” said Jimenez, who worked days and attended classes at night to earn his nursing degree. His focus was on becoming a traveling nurse – a job that has taken him to hospitals in South Carolina, Texas and Northern Indiana. He has remained in Indianapolis the longest.

“I love the flexibility of nursing and it gives me the opportunity to travel, and experience new challenges. As a nurse you have to be able to mold yourself according to different personalities and I think that’s something I do well.”

What makes him a good nurse? “I feel like I listen to my patients’ needs. It’s the little things like providing water, a clean room and listening to them when they are sad.”

Here’s more about Jimenez:

  • He is married to Derek Williams, a physical therapist and they have two dogs – a Beagle and a Basset Hound.
  • He enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and canoeing/kayaking.
  • He speaks four languages including Italian, French, and Spanish.
  • He once joined a medical mission trip to Honduras and served as a translator

-- By T.J. Banes, Associate Senior Journalist at IU Health.
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