I have worked at UC Davis Medical Center since 1997. I started here fresh out of nursing school with just five months of experience, night shift, in a small community hospital. I have always loved the atmosphere of learning, teaching and cooperating which is found throughout this university system.
People here listen to suggestions from others and want to be helpful. Our patients can often be very complicated, but there are resources throughout the hospital and medical system to assist nurses and the medical staff.
As a Clinical Resource Nurse on East 5 I am involved in daily patient care. I’m also responsible for helping implement, new policies, procedures and equipment. I also orient new nurses on our unit.
What is impressive about my co-workers is their basic humanity.
We are a neuroscience unit. Our patients often have life changing brain, spine and neurologic abnormalities. Their injuries range from trauma to tumors. They can have paralyzing strokes or shaking neurological diseases. Patients are often not on their best behavior, and sometimes very anti social, yet in my co-workers, I see a warm humanity. They wouldn’t admit this and often keep it hidden from each other, but this humanity permeates their interactions with their patients & families on a daily basis.