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Devereux honors nurses, teachers and mental health providers during May observances


At Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, we are celebrating our more than 200 nurses, 200 teachers and 300 mental health providers who go above and beyond to meet the needs of the children, adolescents and adults they serve.

We recognize these dedicated individuals during the following annual observances – and year-round:

  • Nurses:
    • National Nurses Month: May
    • National Nurses Week: May 6-12
    • National Nurses Day: May 6
  • Teachers:
    • National Teacher Appreciation Week: May 8-12
    • National Teacher Appreciation Day: May 2
  • Mental health providers:
    • National Mental Health Provider Appreciation Day: May 12

“Our nurses, teachers and mental health providers are exceptional in every way – they are skilled, flexible and resilient,” said Devereux President and CEO Carl E. Clark II. “The commitment and compassion they demonstrate in our treatment settings and classrooms is simply inspiring as they help those in their care thrive. We want to thank and honor these talented team members for the passion and expertise they bring to their roles every day.”

‘Nurses make the difference’

Each year, National Nurses Week begins on May 6 and ends on May 12, which is the birthday of Florence Nightengale, the founder of modern nursing. This year, the American Nursing Association (ANA), selected “Nurses Make the Difference” as the theme for National Nurses Week.

At Devereux, our nurses give nothing less than their all to ensure the health and well-being of those in their care. Look below to find out what a few of them love most about their jobs.

“Nursing is a job that enriches the soul. While at times, there can be challenges, there is no feeling like the satisfaction gained from providing care only we can provide.”
– Devereux Pocono Nurse Krista Moffitt

“I love being the helping hand and fulfilling the needs of our residents – it’s what comes first for me, and I do it with my whole heart. This work is my life.”
– Devereux California Nurse Nani Afework

“The most rewarding part of my job is being able to help different people. I enjoy getting to know them and listening to their needs. A nurse’s job is to advocate for those in their care. We are the voices of our individuals.”
– Devereux New Jersey Nurse Gina Marshall

Inspiring, guiding students

In recognition of National Teacher Appreciation Week, the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is encouraging supporters to express their gratitude – using the social media hashtag #ThankATeacher – for all they do to inspire and guide their students.

Devereux’s teachers help their students develop the skills they need to succeed. Here is what some of them told us is the most rewarding part of their jobs.

“The most rewarding part of my job is seeing our students reach their full potential. We support students with a wide range of abilities – it’s exciting to see them learn and transform.”
– Devereux Texas Teacher Dawn Holmes

“I love seeing the look of satisfaction on a student’s face when they grasp a new concept. I also enjoy watching them react to my therapy dog, Winston, in a positive manner and seek him out if they are feeling overwhelmed.”
– Devereux Connecticut – The Glenholme School Teacher Pat Therault

“I have the opportunity to assist my students in unlocking their potential. All it takes is one person to change someone’s life forever. Why not do my best to be that positive change?”
– Devereux Florida Teacher Lance Griffin

Supporting those in need

National Mental Health Provider Appreciation Day, celebrated annually on May 12, acknowledges the selfless and hard-working mental health providers who dedicate their lives to supporting those experiencing mental health challenges.

Devereux’s clinicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, counselors and other mental health providers play a critical role in helping the individuals in our care lead happy and healthy lives. We asked a few of them to tell us what they enjoy about their jobs.

“I love visiting the programs I support, which allows me to interact directly with our dedicated staff and talk to the individuals in our care The feedback shared by our individuals about how they feel supported by our teams is always heartwarming and motivating to hear.”
– National Director of Behavioral Health Services Crystal Taylor-Dietz

“What I love most about my job is providing support to teams across our extensive continuum of care to ensure they have all the tools necessary in their work with youth and families to achieve the highest level of success in treatment.”
– Devereux Florida Clinical Director Emily Garten

Join our team!

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is hiring nurses, teachers and mental health providers to work alongside other behavioral health professionals who share a passion for helping youth and adults in need. Visit jobs.devereux.org to explore our career opportunities today.


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