An important part of the CHOC Children’s family is Blood and Donor Services, the department that helps collect blood products for our patients.
Did you know that one pint of blood can save two lives? And your donation at CHOC goes directly to a child.
I’d donate if I could, but unfortunately, my blood type — B for bear — isn’t what the patients need. Instead, I donate hugs and offer endless praise and thanks for the generous people who give blood at CHOC.
Check out this fun video to learn more about the numbers that drive Blood and Donor Services at CHOC.
“My mom’s a pediatric hospice nurse,” Julia says. “Her big things are dignity and respect – she always taught me that.”
Though a hospice nurse – who works to ensure children with terminal illnesses live their final days comfortable and surrounded by love – performs different duties than an Emergency Department (ED) nurse, Julia draws constant inspiration from her mother.
“I see my mom’s compassion for parents of dying children, so I ask myself how I could not give the same compassion to parents of children I see,” Julia says.
Julia didn’t always want to follow in her mother’s nursing footsteps; at first, she dreamed of being an interior decorator.
After deciding to be a nurse, her pediatrics specialty was hard-earned. As a nursing student, Julia experienced a personal loss of a child in her life. The painful event left Julia unsure if she could work in a setting where the death of a child was a possibility.
But once again, her mother had good advice. “She told me that personal experiences make you better,” Julia says.
And Julia’s next rotation at school sealed the deal: pediatrics.
“I loved that children were so bright,” she recalls. “Even during the worst of situations, they are happy. I love that.”
When Julia’s mother visits CHOC, the duo will meet for lunch, where there is no shortage of conversation fodder.
“There’s an interesting juxtaposition between our jobs,” Julia says. “The ED is about saving and prolonging life; my mom’s job is about the end of life. It leads to some interesting philosophical discussions.”
Unfortunately, tragedy can make Julia’s work more closely resemble her mother’s. During those difficult times especially, she channels mom.
“In the ED, I can bring healing hands,” Julia says. “But when we can’t heal, my presence can be a calming and peaceful time in a patient’s life.”
Do you have a young female athlete at home? Check out this segment from American Health Journal, where Dr. John Schlechter, orthopaedic surgeon at CHOC Children’s, discusses how to prevent sports injuries for female athletes.
By Dr. Nguyen Pham, Pediatric Otolaryngologist
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