Nursing can be a difficult, challenging and sometimes thankless profession, but it can also be a very rewarding and meaningful career choice. Each year nurses are celebrated and recognized during National Nurses Week, which begins on May 6 and ends on May 12 (Florence Nightingale’s birthday).
At Riggs, we are fortunate to have a remarkable and dedicated nursing staff, whose unique role often extends beyond the traditional scope of nursing. Nursing care is provided 24/7, which in and of itself is not unusual, but the open setting and therapeutic community at Riggs demands more of our nursing staff, charging them to not only provide care, but build supportive relationships with patients, observe and provide feedback to patients and develop creative ways to connect with patients in an effort to augment and support their treatment. By building strong relationships with patients, nurses become an important resource for patients to turn to, to confide in and to learn from.
In their role at Riggs, nurses participate in a continuous, ongoing conversation with patients. They help patients cultivate necessary skills, help patients to become more comfortable and articulate in expressing their understanding of the meaning behind their behaviors and relationships. Whether it is spending time with patients informally during meals and daily coffee hour or meeting with patients one-on-one who are having a difficult time, the nursing staff here are immersed in and critical members of the therapeutic community and treatment team at Riggs.
Thank you to our entire nursing staff. We appreciate and recognize the work you do to contribute to the mission of Riggs. For more information on National Nurses Week, visit: http://www.nursingworld.org/NNW .
To hear more about Nursing at Riggs, you can watch Charge Nurse, Karen Kalish, R.N., talk about the patient's relationship with nursing staff .