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Nursing Care at Austen Riggs

“I spend almost all of my time with the patients:  coffee hour, dinner and one-on-one counseling.  The counseling time I enjoy the most.  I think there’s something about me that lets people feel like they can approach me.  I really care about the patients at Riggs.  I think they can sense that I care about connecting with them.  They want to be reached.  And they want to connect back.  They want to have someone listen to them, be curious about them, and care.”

                                                                                                                           Nursing staff member                              

  • Nursing care is available 24/7.
  • Every admitted patient is assigned a nursing care coordinator, a member of the patient’s treatment team.
  • Nurses work with patients to help them cultivate practical skills so they can manage their feelings between therapy sessions.

Listen to Karen Kalish, RN, discuss the relationship that exists between nurses and patients.

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