Spotlight on Staff

Carolyn Mofidi
Carolyn Mofidi is assistant nurse manager on Tower 4 and a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing student.

Carolyn Mofidi could be a modern-day superhero.

By day, she is a mild-mannered Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing master’s candidate. By night, she is an assistant nurse manager on Tower 4, able to manage a 28-bed unit for Ear, Nose and Throat cancer patients and Internal Medicine patients in a single bound.

It is a juggling act that Mofidi continues to perfect, along with her role as wife to husband John Mofidi, a rapid response nurse also working at UC Davis Medical Center.

“It can be very stressful, working full-time, going to school full-time and having a personal life,” said Carolyn Mofidi. “But I’m pretty resilient. If I have a bad day, I bounce back and try to keep my sense of humor.”

“She’s a ray of light on our floor,” said Theresa Pak, nurse manager on Tower 4. “She is enthusiastic and dedicated to our team and to her patients. She’s quick to help out, to offer a word of encouragement or to be a sounding board. She also sends the staff birthday and anniversary cards as a reminder of their value to the unit.”

Rewarding profession

"The reward is seeing the before and after and knowing we were a part of that.”
- Carolyn Mofidi

Mofidi has been working at UC Davis Medical Center since she graduated from Sonoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She started as an interim permittee in 1999, performing nursing care to pediatric patients under the supervision of a registered nurse. From there, she moved up the ranks to her current position.

“I love that nursing is rewarding,” said Mofidi. “We can get a fresh post-anesthesia care unit patient who’s bedridden and we will do everything for them and in a few days, they will be up walking. A few days after that, they’ll be discharged and go home. The reward is seeing the before and after and knowing we were a part of that.”

Mofidi has seen some stunning transformations in her 13 years at UC Davis Medical Center. She was part of the nursing team that provided pre- and post-surgical care for 52-year-old Brenda Jensen, who received the second laryngeal transplant in the world, which gave her the voice to speak after 11 years of silence.

Mofidi also assisted with the launch of the hospital’s electronic health records system, serving as a “super user,” both hospital-wide and unit-based. 

“Carolyn is a great example of what a leader and a great coworker should be,” said clinical nurse Mandeep Singh, who works with her on Tower 4. “She is always smiling and always has a positive attitude. She never hesitates to lend a hand whenever it’s needed for a sick coworker or friend.”

Nursing leadership

Last September, Mofidi was admitted to the second cohort of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing in the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Master of Science program.

“I am thoroughly enjoying my journey with the School of Nursing. It has helped me to realize my true potential as a leader in health care,” said Mofidi. “I love its vision to help nurse leaders develop their voice to advocate and implement change in the practice of nursing.”

With her master’s degree in nursing, she can envision advancing the health system's mission of improving lives and transforming health care by teaching the next generation of nurses.

“I have always had a place in my heart for my nursing instructors, who have been so wonderful and caring. Even at the School of Nursing, the faculty and staff are awesome,” said Mofidi. “There is such a need for instructors who can teach and guide our future caregivers. I want our future nurses to be excellent.  After all, they are our future nurse leaders.  They’re the ones who are going to be caring for us one day.”