Rewarding Sense of Accomplishment Helping People Through Difficult Times

Sometimes, the turnaround in a hospital patient is truly dramatic. 

For Registered Nurse Breanne Walls, that is one of things that makes her career so special and gratifying.

Walls recalled the time a gravely ill woman visited Riverside Walter Reed Hospital on a weekend. Working with doctors and colleagues, Walls helped bring the woman relief and return her to a stable condition.

And what the patient said left a lasting impression.

"By Monday she said that she felt like life was worth living again," said Walls. "And that's amazing to me. That's what makes it worth it."

Walls credits a uniquely strong sense of teamwork and family for making Riverside a special place for caregiving.

That is what makes for a happy working environment.

"Riverside's a great place for teamwork, and it really feels like a second family," she said. "I don't know if a lot of other places can say that. Everybody knows your name and everybody's always happy here."

Over her eight-year nursing career at Riverside, Walls has taken pride in knowing she can help people through some of their toughest challenges.

"It's just so rewarding. You have a sense of accomplishment in knowing that you're helping make a difference when people are at their worst," said Walls.

"You know you can be there to help them."