Nursing

Nurses visit Capitol Hill to advocate for bills to improve health care for people with cancer

December 3, 2019

Nurses visit Capitol Hill to advocate for bills to improve health care for people with cancer

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Two hematology and oncology nurses from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center traveled to Capitol Hill this summer to advocate for several bills intended to improve health care services for people with cancer. Michelle Santizo, RN, PHN, MSN, and Samara Lucas, BSN, RN, met with staff members at the offices of California senators Kamala Harris and […]

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Tags: Advocacy, hematology, oncology, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


Excited About the 'Magic Hour'

October 4, 2019

Excited About the ‘Magic Hour’

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“We’re really excited about the ‘magic hour’ our midwife will be helping us create right after I give birth,” says Natalie Smith, who is expecting her first baby in October.  “Barring any unforeseen circumstances, once our midwife delivers the baby, she’ll step back so we can have some intimate, uninterrupted family time. She’ll take care […]

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Tags: featured, healthy pregnancy, midwives, nurse midwives, nurse-midwife program, OBGYN, pregnancy, The BirthPlace, UCLA Nurse Midwives, UCLA OB/GYN


Charting Your Own Course

October 4, 2019

Charting Your Own Course

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“While you’re in labor, it’s like you’re in a cocoon with your family and nurse-midwife.  You’re charting your own course in your own world, comfortably and naturally,” says Carliegh Garcia, who is expecting her fourth child in December.   “The birth process for my first three – all delivered by UCLA nurse midwives – was very […]

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Tags: featured, labor & delivery, nurse midwife, nurse-midwife program, The BirthPlace, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica, UCLA Nurse Midwives


Pediatric Nurse Uses Her Own Cancer Experience to Forge Connection with Patient

September 20, 2019

Pediatric Nurse Uses Her Own Cancer Experience to Forge Connection with Patient

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When 11-year-old Debbie Flores arrived for her first appointment at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, she searched the room for a friendly face. Meeting for the first time, her eyes landed on Amy Bell, a pediatric oncology and hematology nurse. Debbie, who was to undergo her first chemotherapy treatment for the pre acute lymphoblastic leukemia she’d […]

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Tags: featured, nurses & staff, nursing, pediatric cancer, pediatrics


Enjoying Stretch Break

September 19, 2019

Enjoying Stretch Break

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“We’re getting out here and stretching our limbs a little bit, getting some fresh air,” enthuses Lauren Jordan, a nursing administrator at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. “This is my first time coming to Stretch Breaks. It was really good. I liked it. It should be implemented in more workplaces. If you’re on a desk […]

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Tags: featured, Stretch Breaks, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica


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

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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

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“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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Tags: ambulatory nursing, featured, patient care


'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