Coastal Community Health Services
December 2021 Issue
Part of Paisley's "Making a Difference: 4 Women Who Care" Special Section
Photography by Kelly Hunter
Ulyssa R. Middleton, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Occupation: Family Nurse Practitioner
Hometown: Savannah, GA
Organizations in which I’ve recently volunteered are LB B4& After, Save Our Youth Savannah, Mount Moriah # 37 Prince Hall Order of the Eastern Star, Omar court #91, Daughters of the Imperial Court
Tell us about your career:
Nursing was not my first career choice. Initially, I wanted to be a forensic pathologist well before shows such as CSI. I never wanted to be a nurse because I saw it as following in my mother and grandmother’s footsteps. Fast forward, I changed my mind and chose nursing (or maybe nursing chose me). A friend always felt that I would be great at it, as she felt I was compassionate and had a knack for caring for others. I received my Associate’s Degree in Nursing from what is now The College of Coastal Georgia. I got my B.S. in Nursing from Georgia Southern University, Savannah Campus. Once in the field of nursing, I found my true calling. I worked in the hospital setting for 11 years and transitioned into my new profession as a nurse practitioner about five years ago. My Master’s and Doctor of Nursing degrees are from South University. I currently work at Coastal Community Health Services, a federally qualified health center which provides primary care among other services to the indigent and underserved in the McIntosh and Glynn County areas. My career has been challenging, but most of all very rewarding.
Have you had a calling in life?
I think my calling in life is providing service to others. Nursing is a ministry, and I believe I am truly serving God’s people.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
If there is a Goliath in front of you, remember there is a David inside of you.
What advice would you give to those who want to make a difference?
It is ok to help others, but never forget to take time out for yourself.
Who has been a mentor to you?
I honestly have to say I have two mentors: my parents. They have been essential in every phase of my life. They have always encouraged me to believe anything I want is attainable, and it has been. Each day, I do my best to make them proud, and I know they are. They inspire me by being beacons of light, love and resilience amongst our family and others.
Helping others can be hard work. How do you get through the difficult days?
Helping others is very easy in my opinion. What is hard, is when your efforts are not appreciated. To get through difficult days, I remember my ‘WHY,’ which is my purpose and passion for helping others that helps me press on. I also look forward to traveling and coming home to my four-legged son Neiko, a 15-year-old Maltese.
Ulyssa sees patients at two of three Coastal Community Health Services’ (CCHS) locations: Shoppers Way and Shellman Bluff. CCHS’s mission is to embrace our community by seeking to meet the primary and preventative health care needs of the medically underserved residents in diverse settings with quality, affordable and accessible healthcare and supportive services. We will help our community to become healthy by providing access to care, regardless of ability to pay, race, religion, or other barriers. We will support the development of empowered local leadership that values a healthy community. For more information about CCHS and their services, go to www.coastalchs.org.