Devereux Arizona Nursing Supervisor Heather Hanrahan is Today’s Honoree

At Devereux, employees are heroes in every sense of the word, helping children, adolescents and adults with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences lead more fulfilling and rewarding lives. These committed and compassionate individuals humbly dedicate themselves to serving – and inspiring others and recently Heather Hanrahan a Devereux Arizona nursing supervisor was recently spotlighted.

In your role, what are your main responsibilities?

I assess and treat the medical needs of the individuals we serve in our brief intervention and assessment programs; provide staff training; and oversee the medical aspects of our programming. In addition to my role as nursing supervisor, I serve on various statewide committees, such as infection control and risk management. I also provide on-call support for Devereux Arizona’s respite and foster care programs.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is serving some of our most vulnerable populations. I’ve always believed that with the right support, care and nurturing all people can survive and conquer even the most challenging of circumstances. I’m blessed to serve those very special humans in our programs and, over the years, I’ve been equally blessed to see many of them defy their odds. I also work with the most amazing people. Every single team member is a piece of what makes the above possible, and I am grateful for each and every one of them. We change lives. There’s no bigger reward than that.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Never judge someone, as you never know their story or the things they have been through.

What is one thing your colleagues don’t know about you?

I used to be very shy. I almost did not go to nursing school for fear of failing.

Why are you a Healthcare Hero?

I love to serve others and make people happy – and I love being a nurse. It has been one of the greatest accomplishments in my life besides my kids. I love to give without receiving, and take care of people.

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