We sat down with many of the Riverside nurses who serve the Middle Peninsula community to learn what drives them to help bring health and wellness to our patients and residents. Here’s what Shelby Dablemont, LPN of the Sanders Retirement Community on Main Street in Gloucester had to say.
What do you find most rewarding in the practice of nursing?
If I can just get a smile from someone, I’m proud that I got a smile from them. It makes my morning.
Can you describe what it means to be a Riverside nurse in your own words?
Where I work, I feel like we are all a team. Everybody works together, knows each other. No one is left behind. If there was something I couldn’t get done, the next nurse will be like ‘no problem. I’ll help you.’ We’re a family.
Why do you think nursing is still viewed as the most trusted profession?
You’re caring for someone’s life day in and day out. They are trusting you to monitor them. They give it all to you.
How do you make a heartfelt connection with your residents?
By not viewing them as a patient or a resident. By talking with them, getting to know them, and seeing them as people. Understanding what they want to live their life. Finding out what makes them happy.
How would you inspire others to choose the profession of nursing?
To be honest, it’s not for everybody. But if you are selfless, and caring, nursing could be for you.
I became a nurse because my sister was ill growing up. She passed away. Her home health nurses were amazing. They were genuine and caring. Just seeing that they cared for her like she was their family. I model my nursing after them – caring for my residents like they are my family.
If loving your work is important to you, consider a career as a nurse at Riverside. By joining our team, you can make a difference in people’s lives. Our mission is to care for others as we would care for those we love. We extend that sense of caring to every patient, resident and customer, as well as to each member of our team. We offer care at all stages of life, in hundreds of locations, giving you room to grow your career, along with great benefits and perks. Click here to search for jobs with Riverside.