National Nurses Day


Working as a nurse and nurse practitioner for the last 3 years at the Road Home Program and providing care to veterans and their families has been an extremely humbling experience. Here we are able to ensure that all patients receive the kind of care they deserve and have earned. As a nurse, we are trained to view and care for patients holistically. 

Building a relationship with patients is central to our values and we strive to work with them to treat their needs, educate, and provide resources to help them better take control of their health, job, and social and family lives. RHP enables the nurses and nurse practitioners the much needed time to work with patients on a deeper level and listen to their needs and wants, whether it is medication, therapeutic strategies, lifestyle changes, etc. Each of our patients are encouraged to advocate for themselves and communicate what they are seeking from their care. 

Every team member is here for each patient to create a treatment plan that is individualized using the most up-to-date research and evidence. Achieving wellness is integral in creating this plan, incorporating nutrition and fitness goals. Our team-based approach allows us to keep the lines of communication open during this process. 

I am truly honored and proud to work at the Road Home Program where I am able to care for a population so deserving of the best care. Thank you to our nurses here and within Rush for showing up each day with compassion for our patients. 

Mary Freeman, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
The Road Home Program: The National Center of Excellence for Veterans and Their Families at Rush

The Road Home Program provides mental health care and wellness to veterans of all eras, service members, and their families at no cost and regardless of discharge status. If you or a loved one needs help, call us at (312) 942-8387 (VETS) or fill out the Get Care form.