RiverWoods Second Time Around: Featuring Jeff Harvey

Jeff Harvey is originally from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Albright College with a registered nursing degree. Jeff moved to Central Pennsylvania in 1984.

Jeff’s first job was at Divine Providence Hospital and then Muncy Valley Hospital, where he met his wife Mary. He came to RiverWoods in 2007 and worked as nursing supervisor for the nursing care center. He also worked for 20 years as a part-time teacher in Penn College’s nursing program. Jeff also went back to school to become a funeral director and has a funeral director’s license.

Jeff moved into the position of staff educator at RiverWoods in 2012 and then left three years later. He was once again offered the staff educator job this spring, which he says he happily accepted.

Why did you want to become a nurse?

“It’s in my blood. I’m a caretaker.”

What is the role of a staff educator?

“I do a lot of trainings. There is always something coming up and always new staff to bring on board. Part of bringing staff on board and making them feel at home and retaining them, is giving them the tools they need to do the job successfully. I think knowing what you are doing and why you are doing it is so important to making new people feel like they are a part of things.”

Why did you want to return to RiverWoods?

“This is my home. When I came back, it took me about five minutes to feel like I was back home. It’s an intangible thing. You know where you belong. This is where I belong. I want to retire from here. I intend to make this my last stop.”

What are you doing when you are not at work?

Relaxing and spending time with family. My youngest son just got married on Saturday. We are expecting twin grandsons in early September. My wife and I have seven acres to maintain at our home. She works second shift, so we don’t see each other too much, since I work first shift. When we are together, we like to relax together.”

What was it like when you returned to your job at RiverWoods?

“A lot of the current staff was here when I was here three years ago and the way they welcomed me back this spring has been nothing short of phenomenal. I have never felt so loved and welcome as I did when I returned.”