Nurse Tara Gibson Lives Sutter Value of Compassion & Caring

Nurse Tara Gibson Lives Sutter Value of Compassion & Caring


[MUSIC PLAYING] TARA GIBSON, R.N.: A
kind and caring touching is an opportunity to
build trust with someone. A lot of times, the
underserved population, I can sense that they’re fearful
and not knowing what to expect. This isn’t an everyday
thing for them. But there is an
opportunity out there for us to culturally bring
each other in and share this time with one another. Over the years, it’s always
been a part of my life. Wherever I see there’s a
need, wherever I can assist. I get so much joy
in volunteering. I feel really honored to be
part of Sutter and the fact that volunteering is
so important to them in the community and
supporting the employees who volunteer for the community
is really something that brightens my day. Sutter has a lot of employees
who volunteer their time, who give back to the community,
and sharing those opportunities with one another as employees
really just encourages everyone to give back. I do have people
that have said to me, isn’t that weird
for you to be, like, rubbing someone’s feet and their
homeless and this and that? And to me, it just gives me
an opportunity to educate. It’s an interaction where
you see walls come down and where you see people
tear up or just thanking you for being kind to them. I find people really
generally love to have their feet
rubbed, unless they’re totally ticklish, like myself. That feeling, whether they were
three years old up to 70, 80, 90 years old. You could see that same
smile on their face, the same level of appreciation. I think I leave these
experiences probably feeling more touched than they do, and
I think it’s good for others to see that they wouldn’t be
scared of a homeless person or someone who is underserved. There could just be so
many different things that can change your
circumstance in an instant. Even a smile to someone,
that goes a long, long way.

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