Year of the Nurse at UC Davis Health
The Year of the Nurse blog is dedicated to the hard working nurses here at UC Davis Health. Listen to each podcast delving into the work life and accomplishments of each featured nurse.
Listen to their stories
Telling our story in our voice
Chief Nursing Officer Toby describes why this project was important to him and what he hopes these stories will demonstrate.
Death impacts everyone
Hillary shares how she became passionate about end-of-life, not only to support patients, but to support nurses as they handle these touching and tough experiences.
NICU is in no one’s birth plan
As a former NICU baby and now NICU nurse, Rachel talks about her love of the NICU, including being a primary nursing advocate and nurse who tries to give parents a little control in an unexpected situation.
Forming connections in outpatient
As an outpatient nurse, Diana discusses how she loves seeing her patients consistently and forming long-term relationships with them.
As the founder of the Capitol City Black Nurses Association, Carter seeks to bring more Black nurses into both the health system and in to roles where they could advocate for change.
Learning to dance in the rain
Megan describes how one small act of kindness to brighten up a patient’s day changed the outlook for both she and the patient.
It’s about giving people firsts
As a former NICU baby, Haley works with every parent to help them experience everything they can with their NICU babies as she knows the outlook can change in an instant.
Being there when I couldn’t before
Through the experience of losing her father to cancer, Andrea experienced a desire to switch careers in nursing to help others through their cancer journeys.
The rain never felt so good
When she became incredibly ill, Virpal experienced firsthand the impact that nurses like her have on patients and how to treat patients with more than medicine.
Here in the tough times
As a new nurse, Andrea knew she was going to be in healthcare from an early age and nursing became a perfect fit.
Learning from every patient
As a nurse who sees a lot of psych patients, Cassi works hard to support each one when they are in her care.
It’s the little moments
Sally shares how she was reminded that, especially in nursing, the little moments remind nurses that their human-focused care makes a difference.
Seeing patients as people
Julie recalls a patient experience that taught her that no matter the situation, every person has a soft spot and has personal needs and if you can make a connection, your care can change their life.
You’re not on your own
As a new nurse during the COVID-19 pandemic, Yusuf shares his experience caring for patients in the ICU, seeing them struggle, and working with his preceptor to make a difference.
Worth the wait
After numerous degrees and many years of school, Crissi describes how becoming a nurse finally fulfilled a lifelong dream.
Nursing, it's a great career
A multi-generational legacy, Heather explains that she tried not to listen to her call to be nurse, but when she answered, it was the best gift she could have received.
Aron believes that in order to provide culturally competent care, nurses have to represent their community and it's his mission to bring more diverse nurses into the profession.
It's okay to talk about death
Michelle shares how watching another nurse be with a dying patient helped teach her that she can handle talking to patients and providers about how patients would like to die.
Care based on respect
Like many nurses, Rodrigo wants his patients to know that he has given them care with dignity and respect.
Inspiration can come at anytime
Theresa says that during the AIDS epidemic, the nurses on the frontlines shaped and inspired her to be the nurse she is today.
Giving power to the patient
Kelly describes how she learned that patients are at their most vulnerable in the hospital and how nurses can give them their power to speak up.
It’s all in our family
Ann, a second generation nurse, and her daughter Rachel, a third generation nurse, share what it means to be the living legacy of nursing in their family.
You never have to go it alone
Melissa, a veteran nurse with over 40 years of experience, was shown firsthand how important it is for nurses to walk side-by-side, especially during the hardest moments.
Working to change the narrative
Al describes how nursing school opened his eyes to the health disparities in the African American community and inspired him to change.
It’s about the whole family
For Bertha, being a nurse means you work with the whole family and lead with compassion.
It only takes a moment
Alexandria, a nurse in the Emergency Department, talks about how building a relationship with her patient and resident on shift changed her perspective on nursing.