Dear Colleagues, Happy Nurses' Week and Year of the Nurse and Midwife everyone! Thank you for all you have done this year for our patients, UCLA Health and each other.  While the year has been full of milestones, accomplishments, and challenges, nothing has really compared to the past 7 weeks.  COVID-19 has [...]

By uclahealth • May 6, 2020

“I tell parents when I first meet them that they’re going to become experts in the heart,” smiles Kristen Ethridge, a pediatric nurse practitioner with the pediatric cardiac surgery program. Kristen (pictured second from left) poses with other cardiac nurses from the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. “Cardiac nursing has been [...]

By uclahealth • February 21, 2020

Conversations with Karen Grimley Happy New Year!  Did you know the World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife? What a wonderful and esteemed recognition for nurses and midwives in the year of Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday. You embody the essence of this profession. Your pride [...]

By uclahealth • January 17, 2020

“Petting the dogs is very, very therapeutic,” explains Lindsay Kim, a registered nurse at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“I hope that the staff or nurses who have put their poster presentations together understand the importance of their work and how they are contributing to making UCLA Health world-class,” reflects Karen Grimley, PhD, MBA, RN, FACHE, chief nursing executive for UCLA Health. “The 18th annual UCLA Nursing Research & [...]

By uclahealth • December 12, 2019

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 [...]

By uclahealth • December 3, 2019

“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 [...]

By uclahealth • October 4, 2019

“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 – [...]

By uclahealth • October 4, 2019

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 [...]

By uclahealth • September 20, 2019

“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. [...]

By uclahealth • September 19, 2019