At Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, our employees are at the heart of everything we do – and are key to our success. These individuals selflessly give of themselves on a daily basis to help improve the lives of children, adolescents and adults living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences. Our “Healthcare Heroes” series shines a light on our team members who humbly dedicate themselves to serving – and inspiring – others.
In your role, what are your main responsibilities?
As a licensed vocational nurse in Devereux Texas’ Community Living Program, I wear many hats. First and foremost, I care for our individuals. I make sure the adults I serve are up to date on medical appointments, lab work, vaccines and imaging, such as X-rays, CT scans and MRIs. Due to COVID-19, all medical appointments are conducted via telehealth. I attend a majority of these virtual appointments with the adults in their homes – we’re on video chat together with the doctor. I am also a “Coronavirus Captain,” which means I monitor our daily COVID-19 checklist that team members complete during their shifts to help keep our individuals safe and healthy. I also order medical supplies for all of our individuals and programs.
In addition, I coordinate all aspects of our psychiatry clinic, which includes reviewing our individuals’ medications and medication administration records for accuracy. I also train new staff on how to best meet the medical needs of the individuals we serve, and I train existing staff on our annual refresher course requirements.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is seeing our individuals thrive under our care, and knowing that I am an important part of their success.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
“If you are not excited about it, it’s not the right path,” and “a little fear is a good thing.” Both of these were given to me at a very important time of my life by a very good friend.
How do you demonstrate Servant Leadership principles on a daily basis?
I demonstrate Servant Leadership principles by putting people first. I want to make sure each of our individual’s needs are met and they have better life.
What is one thing your colleagues don’t know about you?
Even though I put up this tough, hard exterior, I am truly a soft-hearted person and wear my heart on my sleeve. Also, I LOVE office supply stores (e.g., Staples and Office Depot) – they are my therapy!
Why are you a Healthcare Hero?
I am honored to be chosen as a Healthcare Hero, but in reality, I am just doing my job. When I became a nurse 28 years ago, I never thought my career would lead me to taking care of the population of individuals we serve – it has made me a better person and a better nurse. I make a difference by showing up on a daily basis with the mindset that “today is going to be a good day,” and hopefully, I will impact someone’s life today and tomorrow.
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