Hello friends! We are delighted to continue our Cherokee Heroes series and introduce you to this month’s Cherokee Hero, Graham Valley. Graham has been a nurse for over two years and works in the Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He always knew that he wanted to work in Critical Care, and he thinks one day he may eventually go into Medical Transport. His favorite part of his job is the randomness and spontaneity of the Emergency Department and the fact that each night is different from the next. He says that having the opportunity to truly help children while working with amazing and talented coworkers is what makes his job “incredibly enjoyable.” Plus, Graham really likes working the nightshift and doesn’t see that changing anytime soon.
Here are some fun facts about Graham:
- He describes himself as energetic and outgoing.
- He finds his work to be rewarding, very fun and incredible.
- He enjoys anything music-related, and he does a lot of writing. In fact, music and journaling help him unwind from work and life in general.
- As a kid, he always wanted to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, not only because the turtles talked to humans, but because he loved pizza!
Graham would like to tell new nurses to stick with it. He urges them to listen and take everything in that they can, test out new skills and try out new things. Specifically, for men pursuing nursing, he hopes that they disregard any resistance they may face and fight any stigmas, as “men can be just as powerful in that profession.” Graham enthusiastically proclaims, “Go into nursing!” And we are certainly glad that Graham followed his own advice.
For more about Graham, check out his inspiring video.
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Graham Valley, an ER nurse, shares his love of pediatrics, his passion for the spontaneous nature of the Emergency Department as well as key advice for men who are considering careers in nursing. Graham also relates a personal anecdote about his first day on the job and the anticipation and satisfaction he felt from knowing that he was going to be helping children for the rest of his life.
We’re thrilled to call Graham our Cherokee Hero of the Month.
June is all about Jennifer! We are delighted to introduce you to this month’s Cherokee Hero, Jennifer Steib, RN, BSN, as we continue our Cherokee Heroes series. Jennifer has been a pediatric nurse for five years, and she works in the PICU at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. In the PICU, she takes care of children who are the sickest of the sick, suffering from a broad range of serious health issues. For very personal reasons, Jennifer always knew from a young age that she wanted to work in pediatrics. Her brother was in and out of hospital during the first five years of his life, and the nurses went above and beyond to help her brother, as well as her and her sister, feel more comfortable and have a sense of normalcy during those difficult years. These nurses truly inspired her to pursue a career in nursing, and the positive and profound impact that they made on her is echoed every day in the way that Jennifer connects with her patients and their families.
Here are some fun facts about Jennifer:
- Her hero is her mom, who, while dealing with chronic illness on a daily basis, raised three children who all graduated from college and have thriving careers.
- She describes her job as rewarding and has learned to find what the child or their family is interested in so she can connect with them on a deeper level while caring for them.
- In her spare time, you can find her running after her two children and volunteering at church in a group for moms.
- The love she has for her family, including her extended family, is what keeps her going every single day.
For more about Jennifer, please check out her video. As Jennifer tells us, being a nurse has been “awesome every step of the way.” And we think Jennifer is truly “awesome,” too.
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Jennifer Steib, a PICU nurse, opens up about her passion for working in pediatrics, the awe and respect she has for her patients and their families and the very personal reasons that inspired her to join the field of nursing. Jennifer also shares a touching anecdote that contains both a hint of humor as well as an extremely moving and powerful message.
We’re delighted to call Jennifer our Cherokee Hero of the Month.
It’s time to meet Mita! We are thrilled to continue our Cherokee Heroes series and introduce you to this month’s Cherokee Hero, Mita Davis, RN, BSN. Mita has been a pediatric nurse for more than 10 years and works in Radiology. Growing up, Mita always enjoyed helping with her aunt’s four children, and she knew from this young age that she wanted to become a pediatric nurse. In fact, her favorite part of being a nurse is that she gets to be herself. A self-described Betty Boop, Mita likes talking to everyone, and it’s evident that her outgoing personality and positive energy touch the lives of the children she cares for as well as their families. As Mita tells us, “You know you’re a nurse when you have that feeling that you’ve helped someone. You know that you’ve done your part, even if it may be a small part.” But after spending time with Mita and sensing the warmth that she brings everywhere she goes, we know that the part she plays in helping those around her is anything but small.
Here are some fun facts about Mita:
- She describes her work as “exciting,” and even though it can be sad at times, it is incredibly fulfilling.
- The bond with her coworkers and their strong sense of teamwork, “make her whole day awesome.”
- Just like her stethoscope, the flower in her hair is one of her must-haves for a day on the job.
- She’s known around the hospital as Superwoman because she once lunged onto a moving train!
Mita calls herself “vivacious,” and it’s clear that her bubbly nature, positive outlook and generous spirit make an impact on the people around her every single day. And once you watch her video, we know she’ll make an impact on you as well.
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Mita Davis, a pediatric nurse in Radiology, shares her passion for working with children and their families, the significance of on-the-job teamwork as well as a personal anecdote that is bound to make you smile. The field of nursing gives Mita the opportunity to be her true self, and we’re delighted to introduce you to Mita so you can have the opportunity to get to know her true self, too.
We’re thrilled to call Mita our Cherokee Hero of the Month.
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.
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Alicia Britt, a cardiothoracic ICU nurse, describes the significant role of teamwork, attention to detail and collaboration on the job, especially in the ICU. She knew early on that she wanted to work with children and work with the heart, and we knew right away that we couldn’t be more thrilled to call Alicia our Cherokee Hero of the Month.
Four nurses from CHLA discuss the profound impact and importance of teamwork on the job. Their solidarity unites them, inspires them and makes them stronger.
What does teamwork mean to you?
We are thrilled to continue our Cherokee Heroes series and introduce you to this month’s Cherokee Hero, Bill Kenny. He has been a pediatric nurse at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for eight years, and he works in information technology. Because of his clinical experience on the floor, Bill was recruited to help design the EMR (Electronic Medical Records) system so that the process is conducive to the nursing workflow. In fact, hospitals nationwide have made a big push toward EMR, and this couldn’t be possible without the knowledge, insight and expertise of nurses like Bill.
Bill has had a unique career path, as he used to be a comedy writer. And it’s clear that his sense of humor still shines through. He sometimes thinks of himself as a cartoon character who brings his comedy to work and tries to make his coworkers laugh. He’s found that his comedy, “really helps when times are tough and things get tense.” Bill tells us that he’s learned many important lessons throughout his nursing career, including just how precious every day is and not to take time for granted. And no matter what, “even in the most serious circumstances, everybody needs to laugh.”
Here are some fun facts about Bill:
- He describes his work as precise, important and exciting.
- His favorite part of being a pediatric nurse is that he gets to see kids every day who are just being themselves. This can’t help but bring a smile to his face.
- His heroes are his parents, colleagues and the nurses who have gone before him.
- He is inspired by and in awe of the amazing nurses he works with.
Bill calls working in nursing the “best reality show on Earth,” where people face challenges and are able to conquer them. We’d like to thank Bill for being one of the true heroes on this “show!”
To learn more about Bill, be sure to check out his video.
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