Seeing surgeries in the Riverside Tappahannock Hospital operating room convinced Cathy Hundley she wanted a career in nursing

Cathy Hundley says she knew surgical nursing was her calling as a career when she was taking her licensed practical nurse clinicals at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital.

The tipping point? That moment she was able to go into the operating room to see some surgeries, to see the impact nurses can have on a patient, on a family.

"I was hooked ever since," says Hundley, a Registered Nurse, at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital.

But working at Riverside in Tappahannock is more than just being part of a medical family. It's being part of a community family.

The goals of Hundley and the rest of the hospital staff are simple, in her view: "Our goals here at Riverside are to keep the patient as safe as possible and to have a positive outcome," Hundley says.

One of those positive outcomes occurred following the devastating Feb. 24 tornado that packed winds of 140 mph as it carved a 28-mile swath across the region. One of the tornado victims "came in feeling really bad and we were able to help her and get her fixed up," Hundley says. That patient later went on the news to tell her story.

Hundley's advice for anyone looking to have a career as a nurse includes making sure that you like what you do.

"It's not for the weak of heart," Hundley says. "You have to know this is what you want to do and stick with it."

Working in the Operating Room (OR)
Our busy 3 room operating suite performs about 350 procedures every month. It is also home to a qualified team of OR nurses, techs and aids that provide assistance to our general and specialty surgeons. As a member of the OR team, you gain exposure to a wide variety of surgical procedures—total joint replacements, laparoscopic repair of hernias and gall bladders, as well as vascular procedures like peripheral and carotid artery repair.