NEWS | May 6, 2020

Year of the Nurse includes opportunity for nurses to tell their own stories

Blog features a variety of stories from UC Davis Health nurses


It’s been said that nursing is a calling, that it’s much more than a job. For anyone who’s been a patient or known a patient – and everyone has – what a nurse brings to health care is so much more than just clinical expertise.

Nurses touch nearly every aspect of our health care system. Yet their inspiring stories of helping patients and families are often told by someone else.

In honor of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, and because 2020 is the “Year of the Nurse,” UC Davis Health has launched a blog where nurses voice their stories -- themselves. It’s a way for listeners to hear from nurses in their own words rather than through others.

Led by social media strategist Lauren Suedkamp, nurses throughout the health system were interviewed in a variety of clinics, hospital units, the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and other locations. The goal is to illuminate stories from the heart, sharing heartbreaking and uplifting memories, amazing recoveries and, perhaps at times, emotional outcomes.

It’s all part of getting a glimpse into what makes a nurse so important and special.

With its launch of the “Year of the Nurse” blog, UC Davis Health plans to release a new story every day during National Nurses Week (May 6-12).

Additionally, with 40 stories already catalogued and more to be collected, the blog will feature a new nurse and his or her story each a week for the rest of 2020.

Each audio clip underscores why the individual became a nurse and what it is about nursing that makes it so meaningful for those who pursue it.

To kick off the series, Chief Nursing and Patient Care Services Officer Toby Marsh described why the project was so important to him and what he hopes it will demonstrate.

“We're continuously advancing technologies that enable us to provide very safe care that’s targeted and be precise,” said Marsh. “But it's that human connection, the human touch, that makes the difference. Without the person-to-person connection, I don't think we truly can heal. This project and these stories represent an opportunity to see nurses in a different light and perhaps better understand what they mean for the health and health care of our community.”

About Year of the Nurse

The World Health Organization, in honor of Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday, has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse. Learn more about Year of the Nurse


Hear the Stories from UC Davis Health Nurses

Enjoy the audio interviews with UC Davis Health nurses at