A message from Terris Kennedy, Chief Nursing Officer

Terris KennedyIt is time to pause and reflect as we celebrate Nurse Week 2012. Nursing is a profession that is both art and science, with our primary role and responsibility to care and advocate for patients and residents 24 hours every day, 365 days every year. Riverside Nurses are a very diverse group of professionals who care for health care customers throughout a complex integrated health care system.

Our nurses are valued members of the Health Care Team and bring to that team the knowledge, skill, caring and compassion that result in the Riverside Care Difference, and that position us to work toward the changes that will enhance and improve the delivery of Riverside services.

For the first time, Hampton Roads Magazine recognized 10 area nurses for Excellence in Nursing. Of those 10, three were among our Riverside Nurses: Golden Bethune, Debbie Campbell and me, Terris Kennedy. In addition, the May/June issue of the magazine acknowledged four Riverside Regional Medical Center nurses who were given Honorable Mentions in the Excellence in Nursing recognition. These individuals included: Pat Boyles, Kim Harper, Natalie Vines and Inez Yates.

As the Riverside Health System team pauses to recognize and thank our Riverside Nurses for all that we have done, are doing and look forward to contributing in the future, it is important to share highlights of the exciting things we are currently working on and engaged in. These are very exciting times for Riverside Nurses with multiple opportunities as we look to the future. Thank you all for what you do every day caring and advocating for patients and residents, and celebrate who we are as Riverside Nurses!