A Letter from Our Community: Savanna Arriaga, Rn – Wound Care

Hello! Nice to meet you! My name is Savannah Arriaga, and I am the Wound Care Registered Nurse (RN). I have been in this position for almost 5 months. When I first came to Kirkwood Manor back in January of 2017, I was a brand new LVN – just graduated from nursing school. I started working as one of the Medication Nurses on the 200 hall just on the weekends. I slowly transferred to the Skilled/Rehab floor (on the 600 hall) as one of the Charge Nurses. I fell in love with the residents here at KM while I was working, as well as going to classes to become a Registered Nurse. I graduated with my RN in early 2019. At that time, I was promoted to the Wound Care Nurse position.

What does the Wound Care Nurse do? I am responsible for any and all skin issues that could possibly arise on our residents – both for newly admitted & our long term residents. One of the key steps is getting wound care orders in place. This entails assessing all new admissions to see if they have any wounds that need treatments, and then working with our doctors and nurse practitioners to ensure the appropriate interventions are put in place. During the week, I am responsible for all wound care treatments and bandage changes. On the weekends, I am available if any of the nurses needs help on any wound issue. We perform “skin checks” every week on every resident to ensure that any skin issues are identified and the appropriate action is taken to address them.

Now about my “off-the-job” life: I have been with my husband for 9 years. We have a beautiful 6-year-old daughter named Arriana. I am currently 8 months pregnant with a boy, who will be named Joe after his dad. Our daughter is enrolled in martial arts and loves to try out her new moves on her dad. We are very close to our families, and we love to get together, just hang out and BBQ whenever we can.

I love working for Kirkwood Manor. It is the first place I was able to use my nursing skills after finishing school. The great teamwork that is displayed throughout the facility is what makes this place run so well. All the staff work hard to make the residents who are here feel at home, and I love walking into Kirkwood & being a part of it. This is a great place to come to work every day, and see the compassionate care that is provided to the residents here.