In honor of National Nurses Week, we’ve been highlighting some of our amazing CHOC Children’s nurses and why they’re so dedicated to our patients and families! We sat down with Becky Jenny, a charge nurse in CHOC’s Specialty Clinics, who shared some of her experiences.
What inspired you to become a nurse?
Becky: At a young age I learned how to care for a family member very close to me with a chronic illness. Throughout my childhood and adult life I have always loved to give a “helping hand” to sick family members, friends, pets, etc.
What motivates you as a nurse?
Becky: I love going to bed at night feeling like I made a difference in at least one child’s life every day I work.
Do you have a favorite CHOC memory or milestone you’d like to share?
Becky: A teenage patient in one of our clinics had a very difficult central line catheter to access. As a result, it gave the patient anxiety every time it needed to be accessed. It took me some time to gain the trust but I was allowed to access the port. The patient now requests me when they are admitted to the hospital and comes to visit me on their monthly visit. Gaining that trust and encouraging our patients that it doesn’t always have to be a negative experience, are the best memories I have.
In light of CHOC’s new campaign, the Future’s Bright, how are you ensuring that Orange County’s kids’ futures are brighter?
Becky: Working in the outpatient specialty clinics we follow many kids when they are not in the hospital. I help to make their futures brighter by doing everything I can do outpatient to avoid an inpatient visit. Allowing the kids to go to school, play with their friends, and stay home with their families, sleeping in their own bed contributes to a brighter future.
Thank you, Becky, and all of our CHOC nurses, for your unwavering commitment and compassion for the patients and families we are privileged to serve!