Paula Green, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.N., C.F.R.N. (CNII ED)
Fifteen years ago, I applied for my first official nursing job. Two things were certain for me at that time. I desperately wanted to work at UC Davis Medical Center and even more so, I couldn’t imagine working in any other department besides the Emergency Department. The reason I was so passionate about working here is because I had gotten a little taste of it and I was hooked. I had worked for a local ambulance provider the 5 years prior and was regularly in and out of the ED on patient transports. I was also in and out of every other ED in Sacramento County and noticed a very distinct difference between UC Davis and the rest. I saw UC Davis ED as the leader, above all the others. I saw an emergency department that handled high volumes and high acuity patients with the finest expertise, skill and efficiency I had ever seen. The physicians taught not only the residents but the nurses as well. The nurses were engaged in the patient care and the learning process. It was a tight group of overachievers and I so wanted to be part of that system.
On a different side, I saw UC Davis ED as a place for patients and families that couldn’t get help anywhere else, they found help here. Not only the most obscure disease processes and complex illnesses that only a specialty center could handle but trauma patients that require intervention from trauma services for life saving measures. UC Davis tended to every patient regardless of who they were or ability to pay.
I chose UC Davis Medical Center 15 years ago because I not only wanted to become an expert in my field but even more importantly, I wanted to be part of a system that reached out to help people. I wanted to serve and do it well. I wanted to be part of something that I felt had a positive impact on others. Over the years, seeing the patients who have come and go, I know I made the right choice and feel so blessed to have had this opportunity in my life, and wouldn’t change a thing.