By Melanie Patterson, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer
Every day we are inspired by the compassionate care our nursing staff provides for patients and their families. But as we celebrate National Nurses Week, we take an extra moment to celebrate the extraordinary skill and empathy you bring to CHOC Children’s.
All of our nurses are committed to every patient and family that walks onto the campus. CHOC is grateful for the way you partner with parents as valued members of a patient’s care team. Our nursing staff cares for the entire family, and we know we cannot be successful without a strong partnership with parents. You are often tasked with walking a difficult journey alongside your patients. Thank you for understanding that often small acts of kindness make a big difference with the families that entrust us with their child’s care.
Our organization’s commitment to nurture, advance and protect the health and well-being of children is brought to life by our world-class nursing staff. We recognize and appreciate the sacrifices you often make in order to provide the best care for kids in Orange County.
Throughout my 24 years at CHOC, I’ve been blessed to work alongside many of our outstanding nurses. Several of you first came to CHOC as an oncology patient, and I had the privilege of being your bedside nurse. Seeing the brave way you battled cancer, and then seeing you grow up and return to CHOC as oncology nurses makes my heart and soul glow knowing that CHOC has impacted kids growing into adults that way.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the miracles you perform every day. It’s my honor to work alongside each and every one of you.
- As a child Monica would visit her mom, a registered nurse at CHOC, on lunch breaks. Today she works alongside her.
- For Nurses Week, nursing leaders at CHOC offer advice to those pursuing a career in healthcare.
- At age two, Caroline was at CHOC fighting cancer. Today, she’s a registered nurse fighting alongside CHOC patients.