Chris Gewant, CRRN
Our patients are still the same fathers and sons, wives and sisters…Sure, life ahead will be different, but it can still be rich and rewarding in ways they never thought possible.
"Working with these nurses and rehabilitation assistants is just so special. We laugh together, sometimes cry together, share in others’ lives…and certainly count on each other. I think that same collegial feeling translates into the excellence of care we provide to our patients and the reassurance we can offer to their families."
Working primarily with stroke, brain injury and other neurorehabilitation patients, Chris Gewant sees the small signs of progress each day that will lead to discharging a patient home to his or her family. "Rehabilitation nurses have the opportunity to follow patients over time, witnessing first-hand the gains they make. We also recognize the obstacles they face…and understand what a difficult time this can be. That’s why we look beyond the diagnosis and speak to a patient’s fears and frustrations, plans and dreams for the future."
Nurses like Chris also play a key role in patient education, teaching individuals about their condition and offering compensatory strategies to improve the quality of life in the long term. "We build a unique bond with our patients. They come to trust us, to rely on us – and, in a sense, we become part of their families."
Chris certainly appreciates how important and wonderful it is to have family around. Her son is a physical therapist and daughter-in-law is an occupational therapist at Kessler…and her daughter and future son-in-law met while working here as well.