Julio Rivas, a St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children licensed Home Care Nurse has been a nurse for about 3 years and has been in medicine for over 15 years. St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children takes cares of children with complex medical problems who after they been in the hospital, need on-going care. St. Mary’s Home Care agency is a wonderful program that provides specialized nurses and therapist at home for as long as the child needs. It takes a special kind of person to work with children and families who have h medically complex issues and Julio is the perfect fit. He is dedicated to improving the lives of our most fragile patients at St. Mary’s by providing care that is competent and caring in their homes
Julio’s journey began after the tragic events that occurred on 9/11. He felt he needed to serve his country and help others in need so he joined the United States Navy as a hospital Corpsman (Medic). When he first joined the Navy he was placed in an emergency room in Portsmouth Virginia where he spent 3 years of his life learning, developing skills, and techniques, to treat Marines. Then in 2004 Julio was assigned to a Marine combat unit and was deployed to Ramadi Iraq as part of a surgical shock trauma unit. He spent 6 months there treating casualties of war doing all that he could do for the best patient outcome. Learning from nurses who gave up their lives to serve and help people in combat was life changing for Julio. He knew this was the path in life he wanted to follow, to help others in need and when he returned to the States he went back to school to further his knowledge in medicine.
“I decided to be a nurse because of my deep passion to care for people, especially kids and their families. From an ER setting to a home setting the core of nursing does not change, everyone deserves a compassionate, dedicated individual to care for them. With my skills, knowledge, I feel I can make a difference in someone’s life. Nursing has many challenges… controlling your own emotions is a big challenge as it can be difficult to do your job; so we must overcome these emotions every single day. Some emotions are stronger than other but as nurse you have to keep going”.