Fighting for patients to heal drives Katie Wilson as an RN in the Riverside Tappahannock Hospital ICU

About a year after graduating from high school, Katie Wilson's family suggested she go into nursing.

At first, Wilson wasn't sure. So she did some soul searching.

Was "this something I really wanted to do for the rest of my life," Wilson said she asked herself.

Turns out, it was.

Wilson went on to earn her Practical Nursing Certificate and then her advanced degree, becoming a Registered Nurse.

Today she serves as an RN in the Intensive Care Unit at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital.

"I've been with Riverside as a nurse for 12 years," Wilson said.

And it's been worth every second.

"When you have your sick patients, the ones that you are really fighting for, that you're doing everything you can for them to get better, to heal, and when you see them get better and heal, it makes you feel really good," Wilson said. "It's just heartwarming."

Interested in going into nursing? Wilson suggests all future nurses start the same way she did –with some soul searching.

"This isn't an easy job," she said. "You are caring for other people at their worst moments in life and also their best moments. You are giving a piece (of yourself) to them. You are leaving your family at home and sometimes stressed, but at the end of the day, you get to see your patients get better, go home and see them recover."

And that's what it's all about.

Working in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
The experienced team of nurses in the ICU is a very close group because they rely heavily on one another to deliver care to our most critically ill patients. You'll also appreciate the open communication and interaction with our hospitalists and specialists who work with you deliver care.