April is all about Alicia! We’re excited to continue our Cherokee Heroes series and introduce you to this month’s Cherokee Hero, Alicia Britt, RN. Alicia has been a cardiothoracic ICU nurse for three-and-a-half years and works at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. When she was in nursing school, she knew that she would love to work with children (whom she calls “the little people”), and appropriately, she also knew that she would love to work with the heart. And it really comes as no surprise that it’s Alicia’s heart that shines through in the work that she does. What she enjoys about nursing is the way in which every day is different, every patient is different and every day brings something new to learn. The field of medicine is always changing, and she loves how nursing “keep[s] you on your toes.” And since her coworkers compare her to Speedy Gonzales, we know those toes are moving fast at all times!
In addition to the importance of patience, compassion and a sense of humor on the job, Alicia places a great deal of value on teamwork. In fact, she follows the indispensable advice that she learned during a rotation that, “you’re only as good as your weakest link.” When people work together in an open, honest environment and are never afraid to ask questions or ask for help, it makes everybody stronger. That’s a message that comes straight from the heart.
Here are some fun facts about Alicia:
- She loves her 49ers!
- Her badge has bells on it that were a gift from a coworker. Now everyone knows when she’s coming around the corner.
- She takes care of children of all ages, from newborns to 20-year-olds.
- Details mean so much to her because the smallest changes, such as a slight change in a heart rate, can make all the difference in the ICU.
Alicia says that no matter how stressful the situations she faces may be, it’s important to be able to “smile at the end of the day.” And when you watch Alicia’s video, we know you’ll be smiling, too.
Love her look? Alicia is wearing a Cherokee Workwear Originals Round Neck Top in Teal Blue and a Cherokee Workwear Originals Flare Leg Drawstring Pant in Teal Blue.