Monthly Moment featuring: Richard
Meet Richard. He is a first generation mainland American of Puerto Rican descent originally from New York and a Registered Nurse with over 22 years of experience. He served as the Head Nurse of the Saint Christopher’s Children Health Services in Harlem before joining Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG) as the Transition Care Coordinator and Charge Nurse for the Department of Utilization Management while working evenings as a shelter nurse serving some of San Francisco’s most vulnerable populations. Richard is the Educational Development Coordinator for the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) initiative, an actively involved mentor for the Equity Council and for the FACES for the Future Program in San Francisco (2-year healthcare internship and leadership development program for high-school juniors and seniors). He is proud to have been selected by San Francisco Department of Public Health to be a part of the Medical Relief Team sent to Puerto Rico in April of 2018.
1) Where do you find your Moments of Positivity?
My moments occur throughout the day like saying good morning, hello and making eye contact with a smile. Other times when I’m claiming my moment and being intentional is when I’m at the shelter providing care for a wound or for a chronic condition. I make sure to take a moment and be present and engage the client in a meaningful way. Sometimes it may be their only human-to-human interaction in which they are asked how they are doing and how they are feeling.
2) How do you Claim your Moment?
I claim my moment by understanding it’s a shared one and how important it is to be present and to not forget the journey is composed of many steps. The steps should be claimed and celebrated by giving forward - whether it’s through a smile, a check in or even holding the door open for your fellow being.
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