Children’s Hospital LA

Heroes Among Us: Kathleen Palas, RN, BSN, CPN, PHN 

Kathleen Blog ImageHi friends! As we conclude our Cherokee Heroes series this month, we are so thankful for the healthcare heroes we’ve gotten to know over the year. We couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishments and steadfast dedication to their patients, as these nurses represent the more than 2.7 million nursing professionals nationwide who selflessly devote themselves to helping others each day. In getting to know these 10 nurses from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the themes that resonated loud and clear were the importance of teamwork, the commitment to their patients, their passion for the profession and the support of colleagues. It’s apparent that these are the pillars found in hospitals and nursing facilities across the country, and nurses look to and lean on each other for strength and encouragement. To learn more about Cherokee’s celebration of on-the-job teamwork, check out our video.

And now, we’re delighted to introduce you to our final Cherokee Hero, Kathleen Palas. Kathleen has been a nurse for two years and works on the medical-surgical floor primarily with GI patients and patients with transplants. Prior to becoming a nurse, Kathleen worked in nutrition, but she knew that she wanted to pursue a profession with more patient care. Plus, she “always loved kids” and spent a lot of time babysitting, therefore she felt that a career in pediatrics was her true calling. She loves connecting with her patients in “goofy” ways and is not only inspired by their strength in the face of challenges, but the strength and support of their families as well. It’s not surprising that interacting with her patients and their families on a daily basis is Kathleen’s “favorite part” of her job.

Here are some fun facts about Kathleen:

  • She describes her work as “challenging, rewarding and fun.”
  • Her on-the-job must-haves are teamwork, the ability to multitask and think on her feet, her stethoscope and having fun.
  • In her free time, she loves being with her baby girl and doing anything outdoors.
  • She was Batman for Halloween!

Kathleen wants to encourage those who are thinking about a career in nursing to go for it. She feels it’s a great profession as well as a great way to “meet people.” There are also so many different specialties to choose from that you will be able to find your niche and truly thrive. We are so glad that Kathleen followed her own advice to become a nurse, and we’d like to thank all of our Cherokee Heroes for pursuing their passion for nursing!

For more about Kathleen, check out her inspiring video.

Love her look? Kathleen is wearing a Cherokee Workwear Originals V-Neck Knit Top in Sweet Orchid and a Cherokee Workwear Drawstring Pant in Sweet Orchid.

October’s Cherokee Hero, Kathleen Palas, RN, BSN, CPN, PHN 

Kathleen Palas, a pediatric nurse who works on the medical-surgical floor with GI patients and patients with transplants, opens up about the favorite parts of her job, her love of pediatrics as well as where she looks for inspiration. She also shares a moving and meaningful anecdote that exemplifies the profound connection between nurses and their patients.

As our Cherokee Heroes series comes to a close, we’re thrilled to call Kathleen our Cherokee Hero of the Month.

Heroes Among Us: Emily Lloyd, RN, BSN 

Emily ImageHi friends! We are delighted to continue our Cherokee Heroes series and introduce you to this month’s Cherokee Hero, Emily Lloyd. Emily has been a NICU nurse for over four years, and she works with newborns and infants who are in need of critical care. She describes herself as “rambunctious” and full of energy, which are perfect matches for the fast-paced nature of the NICU. She’s also very detail-orientated, as the NICU itself is an environment where the smallest details and changes can make all of the difference.

Since she was young, Emily knew that she wanted to go into pediatrics, and nursing was really her calling as she enjoys being able to spend full shifts with her patients as opposed to coming and going through the unit. She not only loves helping and treating her little patients, but finds getting to know their families and providing support for them every step of the way incredibly rewarding. While working in the NICU has its challenges, especially in terms of separating work-life from home-life, Emily tells us that even though there may be bad days, it’s comforting to know that there are always good days too.

Here are some fun facts about Emily:

  • While a stethoscope is one of her on-the-job must-haves, Emily feels that her “eyes” are her biggest assets, as they allow her to see and catch the slightest changes that can take place in the NICU.
  • Her advice for young nurses is to remember why they went into nursing even if they have a rough day. As Emily says, “Stick with it!”
  • She loves the outdoors, and you can often find her hiking and bike riding. Anything outside is “awesome.”
  • She says that you know you’re a nurse when the conversation in the break room is about “bodily fluids” or “wounds,” and no one seems to mind!

Emily is inspired by her coworkers, especially those with many years of experience. There are NICU nurses who have been working in the unit for 30 years or more, and their passion for their job, their patients and their patients’ families reminds Emily every day that she picked the right profession. And we couldn’t agree more!

For more about Emily, check out her inspiring video.

Love her look? Emily is wearing a Cherokee Workwear Originals Maternity V-Neck Knit Panel Top in Navy and a Cherokee Workwear Maternity Knit Waist Pull-On Pant in Navy. We are excited to announce that Emily welcomed her new baby late last year!

September’s Cherokee Hero, Emily Lloyd, RN, BSN 

Emily Lloyd, a neonatal nurse, shares the joy she feels not only working with her young patients, but also getting to know their families and being able to provide them with care and support. Following her passion for pediatrics, Emily loves how rewarding the field of nursing can be, and she is inspired by her fellow nurses every single day.

We couldn’t be prouder to call Emily our Cherokee Hero of the Month!

 

 

Heroes Among Us: Jennifer Nam, RN, BSN 

Jennifer Nam Blog PhotoHello friends! We are thrilled to continue our Cherokee Heroes series and introduce this month’s Cherokee Hero, Jennifer Nam. Jennifer has been a pediatric nurse for two years, and she works with children with trach ventilators, pulmonary and respiratory issues as well as patients with diabetes. Jennifer pursued a career in nursing because she wanted to do something meaningful and important in the lives of others, and what she soon discovered is how much meaning and importance it brought into her own life. Every day on the job is different from the next, and while she never knows what she may encounter when she walks into work, she knows that each day is going to be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. Her favorite part of her job is not only working with children and helping them feel better, but also getting to know their families and being able to provide them with care and support. She enjoys connecting with her patients in special ways, whether it’s bonding over a love of dogs (She always wears a button of her adorable two-year-old dog, Tate!) or even having an impromptu jam session complete with musical instruments. It’s no wonder that Jennifer describes herself as “silly” and “a big kid.”

Here are some fun facts about Jennifer:

  • She finds her work to be adventurous, fun and rewarding.
  • Her five must-haves are sleep, her badge, her stethoscope, a good attitude and the support of her coworkers and family.
  • Her heroes are her parents who inspired her to work hard, her husband who is incredibly encouraging and her fellow coworkers. She and her coworkers “lean on each other and look to each other to be inspired.”
  • She grew up loving Belle from Beauty and the Beast because Belle is smart, well-read and fearless. As Jennifer says, Belle “would make a great nurse!”

Jennifer tells us that you know you’re a nurse when you can’t help but give advice to your friends, and you always want to watch over the people you care about. And it’s Jennifer’s compassion, selflessness and caring nature that truly inspire us and make us proud to call her our Cherokee Hero of the Month.

For more about Jennifer, check out her inspiring video.

Love her look? Jennifer is wearing a Cherokee Workwear Originals Round Neck Top in Red and a Cherokee Workwear Originals Low-Rise Drawstring Cargo Pant in Red.

August’s Cherokee Hero, Jennifer Nam, RN, BSN 

Jennifer Nam, a pediatric nurse, shares her reasons behind pursuing a career in nursing, the favorite parts of her job as well as the special and meaningful way that she connects with her patients. Jennifer also opens up about the profound significance and impact that her fellow nurses have had on her own life.

We’re delighted to call Jennifer our Cherokee Hero of the Month.

Heroes Among Us: Graham Valley, RN, BSN 

GrahamHello 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.

Love his look? Graham is wearing a Cherokee Workwear Originals Men’s V-Neck Top in Pewter and a Cherokee Workwear Originals Men’s Drawstring Cargo Pant in Pewter.

July’s Cherokee Hero, Graham Valley, RN, BSN 

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.

Heroes Among Us: Jennifer Steib, RN, BSN 

Jennifer Steib

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.

Love her look? Jennifer is wearing a Cherokee Workwear Originals V-Neck Embroidered Top in Royal and a Cherokee Workwear Originals Low-Rise Drawstring Cargo Pant in White.

June’s Cherokee Hero, Jennifer Steib, RN, BSN 

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.