Working at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital means being a part of the community

Being a home health nurse at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital means Stacy Walls sees, feels and understands firsthand how important it is for families to rally around their sick loved ones.

Walls was raised in Tappahannock and has been working for the hospital's home health department for 1 1/2 years. Since the age of 16, partly because of growing up around sick grandparents, Walls knew she wanted to be a nurse, to "be able to help people and make a difference in their lives," Walls said.

Walls graduated from Rappahannock Community College in Warsaw and then completed the two-year Riverside nursing program. She's been a nurse for four years and enjoys working in the town where she grew up.

Walls said she likes working with all different types of people and learning about them and their experiences. She also likes the variety of her job.

"I'm using different skills with patients," she said. "It might be education, or room care, or inserting IVs. It's nice getting people back home and out of the hospital and really focused on getting better."

At Riverside Tappahannock Hospital, Walls loves being a part of a community.

"It's the teamwork here that makes a difference," she said. "Here, you always have someone supporting you and backing you up."

Not to mention, she added, "you not only get to help people, you get to learn things every day."

Working in Home Health
The best thing about being a Riverside home health nurse is the direct one-on-one nursing: building that relationship with each visit and becoming part of a patient's family. Even though you work independently, using your critical thinking skills when it comes to figuring out how to best meet your patient's needs, you have the backing of the home health team to assist you.