Monica Ocanas

I’ve been in parents shoes

As a mother herself, Monica knows what it is like to be a parent of the children she works with in her clinic.

portrait of Monica Ocanas, nurse at UC Davis Health


Do you see that?

Yeah. And I think as a new mom also, I have younger children myself, I can see how a nurse looking in the eyes of a parent versus just an adult in terms of the outpatient world, I can see myself in a lot of these parents, the struggles that they have. So I make sure to make it not only about the visit, but how are they feeling? Is there anything I can help you with? How are you emotionally? So, to me, I think that it's the same concept when you're in pediatrics. You're not dealing with just the patient. You're dealing with the families, the grandparents, the aunts, the uncles, and anyone else that comes in with them. I think because nobody can really know how it feels until you are a parent, so a lot of the things that people think aren't normal struggles, if you've been through it, you know. And I think that's the hardest thing about nursing is sometimes we don't know how it feels, but when you do, you really do. And so you can show a different part of you.