Blair's Nursing Career Story

Jun 6, 2019

Blair Lucchese, Spine Center nurse, Hilton Head Hospital

Drawn to helping people in the roles of communicator and caregiver, Blair Lucchese had wanted to be a nurse since she was a little girl.

“I’ve always liked helping people and making them feel good,” she says. “To actually see what a little help does for them – the end result – is great. To see them go home with their families means a lot. We are there to ease their nerves, hold their hands and listen to their concerns.”

Married just last year, Blair asked her friend and fellow nurse to serve as bridesmaid at her wedding. This typifies the communal feeling of camaraderie in the Spine Center at Hilton Head Hospital, where Dr. Boatright and Dr. Reuben have fostered a culture of innovation and leadership.

“They are both excellent doctors,” Blair says. “They’re very concerned with their patient’s care. They picked all of their nurses and built a great team. Sometimes, patients come in for a tour to get familiar with the unit before surgery. Once they go home, they feel comfortable calling with any questions.”

Many residents of the North and Midwest have chosen Hilton Head Island as a retirement destination. While the relaxed pace of life took some getting used to, nowadays Blair wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It’s a lot of fun to live here I moved here from a big city, and at first it was hard to adjust to a small town,” she says. “But everybody’s laidback and easygoing. A lot of the retirees here are still active and like to play golf and do morning walks. The people are really friendly. It’s great to be here.”