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?
In the winter of 2013, we were lucky enough to meet 10 amazing nurses from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) who inspired us not only with their dedication to their patients and pride in their profession, but also with their selflessness and generosity of spirit. We are delighted to highlight these 10 nurses in our series entitled, Cherokee Heroes, and we are equally thrilled and humbled to introduce you to this month’s Cherokee Hero, Mary Ellen Farr. She’s a 32-year veteran of CHLA and truly embodies what it means to be a nurse. She states that, “You know you’re a nurse when you start taking care of everybody around you. Nursing is in your blood. You see what needs to be corrected. You see what needs to be taken care of. You identify problems no matter what those are. And you strive to problem solve immediately.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
Here are some fun facts about Mary Ellen:
- She’s an ocean swimmer. (Four mornings per week!)
- Her specialty is in intensive care nursing.
- If there’s one word she’d use to describe herself, it’s sensitive.
- She gets her inspiration from her faith in God.
- She “couldn’t find a more purposeful livelihood.”
Check out our video featuring Mary Ellen, and you’ll soon see why she is our Cherokee Hero of the month.
Love her look? Mary Ellen is sporting a Cherokee Workwear Originals Knit Tee in White, a Cherokee Workwear Premium Core Stretch Zip Front Warm-Up Jacket in Wine and a Cherokee Workwear Premium Mid-Rise Pull-On Pant Cargo Pant in Wine.