Ada Kwong

Keep on smiling

A nurse passionate about bedside nursing, Ada talks about the legacy she hopes she leaves with both patients and colleagues.

portrait of Ada Kwong, nurse at UC Davis Health


I guess that I just continue to be a positive person in this... People get older and then they just get real mean and just get real tired, and I just want to continue just being, "Hey, I remember her. She helped train me. I got some great information from her." And sometimes I see patients out in the community and they recognize me. So, it's just interesting when that happens. It feels like, "Wow. I must've made an impact." So, as long as I impact somebody along the way, that they remember me even if it's a, "Hey, that's that nurse who's been here for 40 years. How does she do it? Lady's been on East 4." Maybe East 4 won't even exist anymore, I'll be on the other side of it.

Just that I can make an impact on a new nurse or a patient. Just continuing making positive impacts to this university, to the nursing field that you can just be a bedside nurse, still love it. That's okay. And you can still do it without being burnt out. There are times you will get burnt out. There's so much heartache you can only take, but you got to rely on each other to lift everybody back up. And if it doesn't work out for you, then it's okay to try something new. And if you love what you do, it's okay to stay where you are. Just as long as you can find ways to better yourself and better your practice in ways that work for you. Join in volunteering things. Make a new group and have people come in. Have an exercise group. Just something that you can... As long as I can keep on smiling by the end of the time I leave, that is all I can ask for, and that I have a good back, no injuries.