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.
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.
Love his look? Bill is wearing a Cherokee Workwear Premium Core Stretch Men’s V-Neck Top in Caribbean Blue and Cherokee Workwear Premium Core Stretch Men’s Drawstring Cargo Pants in Khaki.
Bill Kenny, a pediatric nurse, opens up about the joys of working with children, the importance of humor on the job and key must-haves for nurses everywhere. He also shares the invaluable lessons he’s learned throughout his nursing career.
We couldn’t be more proud to call Bill our Cherokee Hero of the Month.
Hello friends! As you may recall, last month, in honor of Cherokee Workwear’s 10-year anniversary, we launched our Cherokee Heroes series that will profile 10 inspirational nurses from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Throughout the year you’ll see a new feature video and story each month that shares the highs and lows and day-to-day dedication of these professionals.
We are delighted to introduce February’s Cherokee Hero, Nicole Palacio-Bhojwani, RN, BSN, CPHON. She’s been a nurse for four years and works in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Aside from her big smile, what immediately struck us about Nicole is her colorful badge. It’s full of shiny stickers that she’s received from patients over the years. And not only do these stickers help her feel connected to these patients, the stickers also give her a special way to relate to new patients. Whether it’s about dinosaurs, My Little Pony, nail polish, or a love of dogs (to name a few), Nicole is always finding fun and funny ways to bond with her patients. A self-described Powerpuff Girl, she’s full of energy and is often running around “trying to kick cancer’s butt one day at a time.”
Here are some fun facts about Nicole:
- Being a nurse is one of her favorite things about herself.
- Her mom is her hero. (She’s an ICU nurse!)
- She wants those pursuing nursing to remember to stay motivated and stay driven. “It won’t just be a job, it will be something more.”
- She lives by the wisdom she received from a fellow nurse when she was just starting out: “Take time to play a little bit every day.”
To learn more about Nicole, check out our video. It won’t be long until you have a big smile on your face, too.
Love her look? Nicole is wearing a Cherokee Workwear Originals Short Sleeve Knit Tee in White, a Cherokee Workwear Originals Snap Front Warm-up in Aloe and Cherokee Workwear Originals Drawstring Pants in Aloe.
Nicole Palacio-Bhojwani, a pediatric hematology/oncology nurse, shares her favorite aspects of her profession, as well as poignant on-the-job moments and essential must-haves. She also has key advice for those interested in pursuing a career in pediatric nursing.
Where do you look for inspiration? We look to our Cherokee Hero of the Month, Nicole.
An avid ocean swimmer, this veteran pediatric intensive care nurse opens up about her joys and challenges as a nurse and the source of her inspiration. If you could give only one piece of advice to a new grad in your profession what would it be?
Cherokee Workwear is proudly celebrating 10 years of delivering reliable, durable, comfortable scrubs to countless healthcare heroes around the world. From day one, our goal has been to design professional uniforms that are as original and versatile as the people who wear them.
To demonstrate that unique versatility, 10 nurses form Children’s Hospital Los Angeles volunteered to model Cherokee Workwear for our spring 2014 catalog. At the same time, they shared their insights, inspiration and stories—unique to them, but universal to nurses and medical professionals everywhere—filled with humor, wisdom, advice and heartfelt emotion.
Their dedication, grace and compassion—the qualities you see in your workplace every day—shine through in the videos and photos you will see on this page throughout the year.
Join us as we celebrate you, and all healthcare workers who contribute so much to our communities.
The 4,200 employees of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles help provide healthcare to more than 104,000 children annually. A Magnet-designated hospital, CHLA has been named the best children’s hospital on the West Coast and among the top five in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll.