After taking care of her ill father, Alexis George decided to go back to school to become a nurse, and says it’s one of the best decisions she’s ever made. “On the geriatrics unit where I work it’s very rewarding to know I was part of the care team that was able to help patients get to their next step.”
Alexis George, RN, Butler Geriatrics Unit
Lisa Simao gravitated towards behavioral health knowing she wanted to understand what patients were feeling and do what she could to help. “I absolutely have a passion for nursing in the mental health field, helping patients to function to the best of their capabilities.”
Lisa Simao, Patient Assessment Services
Peter Karmue always knew he wanted to work in health care, and he’s found a home as a nurse at Butler. “What I love about nursing is there are a lot of different opportunities, a lot of specialties to consider. Being at Butler has given me a lot of room to grow.”
Peter Karmue, RN, ADI Unit
Hear why the nurses and key leadership members at Kent Hospital love what they do and where they do it.
Lisa Cassidy, a registered nurse in the operating room, finds great satisfaction in providing care that touches people’s lives when they need it most. “Nursing can be hard work, but it touches your heart,” said Cassidy. “We’re giving to people that are hurt, sick, and sometimes in their worst possible place, and that’s well worth the sacrifices we make. I love what I do.”
Lisa Cassidy, RN, Operating Room
Nicole Hebert thinks the best thing about the nursing field is the varied work environments that are available. “You can start out at the bedside on a med/surg floor, and then advance your career by going into critical care nursing or home care,” said Hebert. “If you at any time you feel like you need a challenge you can switch practice settings, and Kent Hospital has it all.”
Nicole Hebert, RN, Advanced Nurse Clinician
Registered nurse Eric Hindy enjoys the opportunities for lifelong learning that come with working in the field. “In the Emergency Room at Kent Hospital, we have an educator on campus who is always encouraging us to take advantage of our educational resources,” said Hindy. He is two classes away from completing his BSN degree, and says it was only possible because of Care New England’s tuition reimbursement program.
Eric Hindy, RN, Emergency Department
Jillian Lavoie enjoys the dynamic nature of her role as a clinical coordinator in the Kent Hospital Emergency Department. “I love the fact that there’s something different every day,” said Lavoie. “A nursing role like mine gives you a great sense of the different areas of medicine. You get to see a little bit of maternity, orthopedics, neurology, cardiology, and experience how these different elements fit together in a patient’s diagnosis.”
Jillian Lavoie, RN, Clinical Coordinator, Emergency Department
Flexibility is what Megan Manocchia loves about working as a nurse at Kent Hospital. “During my eight years here at Kent, I have found tremendous opportunity to explore different areas of nursing,” said Manocchia. She started in the medical surgical unit, and later transitioned into a very different case management role. “Then two years ago, I saw an opportunity to work in emergency nursing, which I had previously ruled out. It ended up being the perfect fit for me.”
Megan Manocchia, RN, Recovery
For John Tousignant, a clinical coordinator in the Kent Hospital Emergency Department, working as a nurse is all about the feeling of satisfaction he gets from making a difference. “You’re able to help your neighbors and friends when they come in, and it’s a great feeling for people to know that you’re a nurse and that you can be a resource for them when they need you,” said Tousignant.
John Tousignant, RN, Clinical Coordinator, Emergency Department