Celebrating our extraordinary nurses

As we celebrate National Nurses Month 2020, we recognize our nurses for delivering on Kaiser Permanente’s mission by providing high-quality care today and every day.

Our nurses provide extraordinary, compassionate care to every patient every time at all stages of life from ensuring a safe birth to a dignified ending. They play key roles in improving outcomes through coordinating care, educating patients, and identifying and implementing the best ways to advance the practice of nursing with new ideas, research, and technology. The COVID-19 pandemic has required many of our nurses to operate in new and different ways, and each nurse stands out as extraordinary.

 

“Our team of physicians, nurses, and amazing staff members have all come together in one big support team like no other time before. The current situation has helped break down barriers. We are all equal, and we have learned to jump in and help each other without hesitation. Knowing I am not alone in this crisis makes all the difference to me. Our patients are experiencing anxiety, and so are we. By always being kind to one another, we can meet this moment and the ones that follow.”

Andrew Perea, RN, Georgia

 

“I’m a nurse all the time. It’s not just my job or career. It’s who I am. We, as nurses, don’t just switch off when we clock out. We can’t do it. That’s just what makes us a different breed and that’s what makes us special. We’re nurses every day in our everyday life. We’ll stop at the scene of an accident, respond when someone needs help, offer aid to an injured player during a game, give medical advice to friends and family, and help passengers in distress onboard a flight. No matter the degree, no matter the place, we’re always helping others and impacting lives.”

Katelyn Herriot, RN, Maryland

 

“Nursing is not just a job; it is a passionate profession. Patients, families, and friends place their trust in us during all milestones from birth to end of life. Patients that feel scared, anxious, or worried look to us for education and comfort. We are patient advocates. During stressful or overwhelming times, it is essential to be kind, compassionate, and empathetic to one another. It is an honor to be a registered nurse and help care for our community alongside our fantastic team of physicians, nursing colleagues, and other health care professionals today and always.”

Jaci Jackson, RN, Colorado

 

“Trained as an ICU nurse, I volunteer on international missions, locally to support child cardiac testing, and at this crisis moment with the temporary COVID-19 Assessment and Recovery Center in Shoreline, Washington. There are multiple ways you get through something like this. It’s not just what you do at work but also what you do at home. Volunteering serves my nurse heart. Helping my team in Everett serves my manager heart. And keeping myself healthy is how I can do both of those things.”

Marti Wick, RN, Washington

 

“As a nurse of 44 years, I can say this is something that we all trained for — to be on the front lines and to make a difference for people who are sick. This is our chance to rise to the very best of who we are and what we can do. I don’t think any of us thought in our lifetime that we would be part of a pandemic. Now we’re living it, and we’re seeing some of the most incredible work, care, and selflessness coming from our nurses at the medical centers.”

Pam Brodersen, CNP, Southern California

 

“One of our challenges as a team is being able to find time to meet so we do many things around communication, so people know what’s going on. We use a visual board that shows our goals and where we are on reaching those goals. We also use data so that we are empowered to make a change and we can see the impact. It’s a small piece but it impacts the big picture.”

Rebecca Rojas, RN, Hawaii

 

“I have taken up meditation using an app. I found that it has really helped my anxiety that surfaced in the beginning of this situation. I also started a "COVID Days" journal. Knowing that I can help patients get through a challenging time keeps me going. I find out about my patient's life, family, and career in order to learn about them and establish rapport. I have heard some incredible stories over my career and it's fascinating to learn about what people have done with their lives.”

Roderick Snell, RN, Northwest

 

“You mentally prepare yourself going in to work. You know you have to be there to support and help them. The patients are very scared. I find myself holding patients’ hands, praying with them — even crying with them. When I go home at night, I self-isolate in a bedroom and bathroom to keep my family safe. My husband leaves food outside the door. It’s hard and there are days when things really get to you, but I appreciate the morning huddle with my team. We go around in a circle and say what we are grateful for and do deep breathing exercises before starting our shift. The days are long and challenging, but I know the value in the work I’m doing and that keeps me going.”

Stephanie Edwards, RN, Northern California