Rhode Island Nurses in Action: Anna M Sousa
RI Nurses In Action
Anna M Sousa
BSN: Salve Regina University
Why did you choose nursing?
I love being a caregiver to others and keeping them safe. I love to educate and advocate too.
What was your career path?
I started in Med-Surg with urology, renal transplant and dialysis patients and then transitioned to a neuro spine surgery. I have always had a tremendous desire and passion to work with geriatric patients so I began a per diem job at a facility that includes assist living, long term care, memory care and acute rehabilitation. I have always been involved in multiple committees in counsels in the facilities that I've worked to help generate nurse driven policy changes that better serves staff and the patients we serve for improving practice and patient outcomes. I developed an increased desire to become an educator, through my experience with patients and family. In addition to my clinical roles, I am the lead instructor and program coordinator for CCRI nursing assistant program. I continue to serve my community locally by volunteering at our COVID testing site and vaccine clinic along with volunteering to do general wellness checks when needed.
What do you find most satisfying about your current nursing role / activity?
What is most rewarding to me is the ability to help others and the appreciation that they have for that someone is listening to them, care for them and spend time with them.
What is a non-work- related activity that brings you joy? VACATION! I enjoy getting away to a warm place that I can enjoy nature. I like to take long naps and garden when possible.
What is one thing you don't think the general public understands about Nursing generally or about your field of nursing specifically? I think generally people under estimate the extreme emotional, mental, spiritual and physical stress and exhaustion that comes with nursing, others especially in an acute care setting. Most nurses are empaths and take on the energy that surrounds them. Adding long shifts, and difficult situations that we cannot fix weakness our spirit and health.
Anna Sousa is a Registered Nurse at Rhode Island Hospital and the RN Coordinator / Instructor at CCRI. She is also a Councilwoman in Ward 2 in the city of East Providence. She would love to connect with nurses interested in neurosurgery, nursing education, or being active in the community/ politics. She can be reached at email@example.com.
To read more of these amazing interviews, visit RI State Nurses Association (ANA- RI) and look under the Membership tab- Nurses In Action folder. We are amazing and diverse and EVERYWHERE!