Being a nurse at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital impacts the community

Chad Forrester developed his passion for nursing when his family in Lancaster County took care of his ill grandfather for as long as they could.

He can't put his finger on a particular moment that made him go "full-steam" toward nursing, but in college at Christopher Newport University in Newport News he gravitated toward a career in the health care field.

"I was thinking of being a physician's assistant or a physical therapist," Forrester said.

He switched gears after graduating. Forrester earned a nursing degree from Rappahannock Community College and has been a nurse in the Emergency Department at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital for a year. Prior to that he spent two years as a nurse's scribe at the hospital.

Forrester likes the action in the Emergency Department, where the variety of patients means he is a jack of all trades.

"We get to see everything," he said. "I get to be a trauma nurse, cardiac nurse, OB nurse. It keeps you on your toes. I really like the fast-paced environment."

But what he loves most about working at Riverside Tappahannock is the teamwork atmosphere.

"Everyone supports each other and helps each other out," he said. "It still has that small-town feel. You walk around, you know everyone's name. Everyone really cares about you and what's going on with you."

Nursing is challenging, but rewarding.

"At the end of the day you impact your local community and it makes it all worth it."

Working in the Emergency Room (ER)
Our 10 bed emergency room sees nearly 20,000 of our community members every year. Knowing that you can count on your team members makes this a rewarding career choice if you love the variety of challenges that emergency medicine brings. In addition to trauma and critical care patients, we provide medical and surgical care to adults and children needing immediate help 24/7.