Nursing

My most challenging patient: A resourceful nurse reunites a confused patient with his family

August 6, 2019

My most challenging patient: A resourceful nurse reunites a confused patient with his family

By uclahealth uclahealth

Emergency Management Services brought an elderly patient to the Emergency Department after he was found wandering the streets in Santa Monica. The patient initially said his wife had dropped him off. He appeared clean and was dressed appropriately, but he was very confused and not able to tell us his date of birth. The patient […]

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July 20, 2019

Resnick staff sows seeds to improve mental wellness

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What began as a modest investment of space and money — an unused, raised outdoor planter bed at the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and $350 worth of plants, soil and gardening tools — has become a popular therapeutic tool for some of the hospital’s inpatients. And, it has produced an important piece of […]

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Tags: Magnet, Magnet status, nurses, occupational therapy, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, social worker


New Skills for Same Level of Patient Care

July 13, 2019

New Skills for Same Level of Patient Care

By uclahealth uclahealth

“UCLA Health has over 200 clinics, we go to the clinics to make sure that they are at the same standards to provide the best patient care for the community,” says Jesica Suarez, a practice coordinator for the ambulatory nursing department. “I love being an ambulatory nurse. Working in the clinics allows me to work […]

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'Couldn't Have Asked For Better'

July 11, 2019

‘Couldn’t Have Asked For Better’

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“My mom was a nurse, and she was the one who inspired me to go into the profession,” says Charmaine Platon, a clinical nurse in the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA. “I was always interested in the mind and managing the mind. I thought psych was the best of both worlds because I get to […]

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Tags: emotional health, featured, nurse, psychiatric, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA


Keeping Quality of Care Outside the Hospital

July 3, 2019

Keeping Quality of Care Outside the Hospital

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“One of the foundations of nursing at UCLA Health is relationship-based care,” says Toyin Lawal, director of ambulatory care nursing at UCLA. “Ambulatory care is caring for patients outside the hospital, so the delivery of care is very different in the sense that the patient comes in, they get their treatment, and they return back […]

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Tags: ambulatory care, featured, nursing, Thousand Oaks


We Are Leaders

July 1, 2019

We Are Leaders

By uclahealth uclahealth

Conversations with Karen Grimley When Sue Fitzsimons, then the chief nursing officer at Yale-New Haven Hospital, gave the commencement address to the Yale School of Nursing Class of 2013, she told her new colleagues: “Rejoice in your work; never lose sight of the nursing leader you are now and the nursing leader you will become. […]

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Tags: Karen Grimley, Leadership, Nursing leadership


Blessing of Hands

June 27, 2019

Blessing of Hands

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“We are trying to do a blessing onto those who are being a blessing to our patients,”says Roland Perkins, a chaplain at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. “We are doing a blessing of the hands for Nurses Week. I tailor a blessing towards what people were doing or what their specialty is. I want the […]

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Tags: chaplain, nurses, nurses week, spiritual care, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica


"Thank you Heather"

June 24, 2019

"Thank you Heather"

By HealinHandz jhittleman

In 2002 my mother came to UCLA as a liver transplant patient, little did I know then that the journey would change my life forever. My mother fell ill unexpectedly in November 2001, and by early January 2002 the doctor’s caring for her at Kaiser said my mother needed a lifesaving liver transplant that they […]

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In a Position to Improve

June 22, 2019

In a Position to Improve

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I wanted to be in a position where I would have influence over implementing projects that needed to be implemented on the units,” says Adrienne Creamer, a clinical nurse. Creamer is chair of the Unit Practice Council in the adult psychiatric unit and a part of the Empirical Outcomes Committee. “The Empirical Outcomes Committee is […]

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Tags: Clinical nurse, nursing, sensory garden, Unit Practice Council


Still Working

April 10, 2019

Still Working

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I’ve seen through our magnet journey how the nurses here light up when they’re talking about the projects they’re involved in,” says Iris Mayoral, a clinical nurse at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, which was awarded Magnet Designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. “I’m involved in the falls prevention project. Patients in the […]

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Tags: featured, Magnet Designation, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA