National Nurses Week: Raphael Ferro

By Brigid Edmunds - [email protected]
Raphael Ferro is an Intensive Care Unit nurse at Geisinger Wyoming Valley. Above she speaks with Stephanie Rarig, her manager. - Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
Raphael Ferro is an Intensive Care Unit nurse at Geisinger Wyoming Valley. - Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE — Raphael Ferro held back tears while talking about her job at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

Ferro is a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, and was nominated to be featured in the Times Leader for National Nurses Week.

“It means a lot to me,” Ferro said through tears. “I’m very honored, but I feel like my whole team should be honored.”

The Hanover Township resident has been a nurse for 12 years, and spent her career with Geisinger, first at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre for a couple years, then transferring to Geisinger Wyoming Valley.

Ferro comes from a family of nurses, she said, but originally had a different path for her education.

“I originally went to school for biology,” she said. “I have a biology degree from Temple.”

Her family, she said, encouraged her to pursue nursing as a career.

“It was the best decision,” she said.

Ferro couldn’t say enough positive things about her job, which can be tolling at times.

“I’m proud to work at Geisinger,” she said. “Every day I feel like I’m not alone. We all come together as a team.”

Ferro said between the doctors, nurses and everyone who works in ICU, the sense of team is overwhelming and contributes to both the pride and passion she has in the job.

Even on her hardest days, she said her job is rewarding.

“You see your patients on one of the worst days of their lives, coming into the ICU,” she said. “It’s rewarding to see patients go home.”

She added how nice it is when she sees patients and families outside the hospital walls, in places such as the grocery store.

“It’s encouraging and rewarding when you see your patients come back and they say hi to you, or you pass them in the grocery store and they remember you.”

And she acknowledges it’s not always an easy job. Ferro said there are certainly heartbreaking days working in the ICU, but the camaraderie between her coworkers helps make it worth it.

“Even on the difficult days, you’re supported by your fellow nurses.”

Ferro said every day is a challenge, but one she is up for.

“You never know what’s going to happen,” she said.

“You see your patients on one of the worst days of their lives, coming into the ICU,” she said. “It’s rewarding to see patients go home.”

Above all, Ferro is happy to be able to make an impact on her patients’ lives.

“It’s the biggest satisfaction is going home knowing you made a difference in someone’s life.”

Raphael Ferro is an Intensive Care Unit nurse at Geisinger Wyoming Valley. Above she speaks with Stephanie Rarig, her manager.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_TTL051018Raphael-Ferro1-1.jpgRaphael Ferro is an Intensive Care Unit nurse at Geisinger Wyoming Valley. Above she speaks with Stephanie Rarig, her manager. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

Raphael Ferro is an Intensive Care Unit nurse at Geisinger Wyoming Valley.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_TTL051018Raphael-Ferro2-1.jpgRaphael Ferro is an Intensive Care Unit nurse at Geisinger Wyoming Valley. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

By Brigid Edmunds

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