Work That Matters

Published on April 29, 2020
Medical treatment at CHLA is serious and sophisticated. The vibe? Now that’s another story. For me, finding ways to make medicine work for kids makes the job so much more fulfilling. Taking care of kids is totally different than taking care of adults. It’s lighter. It’s... Read More
Published on April 29, 2020
Seizing leadership opportunities while helping patients There’s always mentoring that goes on here. They talk about leadership years before employees might even be thinking about it. I was hired as what we now call a Care Partner. When I just started out, my bosses encouraged... Read More
Published on April 29, 2020
When it comes to teamwork, CHLA is No. 1 When I was first hired at CHLA, I felt like I had landed where I always wanted to be. Now that I’m here, I can tell you it’s even better than I imagined. Teamwork is a huge part of life as a nurse at CHLA. On our unit, every morning... Read More
Published on April 29, 2020
This Children’s Hospital Los Angeles nurse managed an inpatient unit and opened a new inpatient center while undergoing radiation and chemotherapy When Phan Leopando, RN, CRRN, was scheduled for a routine ultrasound following her first mammogram, she thought nothing of it.... Read More
Published on April 29, 2020
Read about how CHLA was the spark to a wonderful romance for two nurses who put patients first! For two nurses who put patients first, CHLA was the spark to a wonderful romance. Erin Hollenbeck Trinidad remembers the first time she saw her husband, Michael Trinidad. The year... Read More
Published on April 29, 2020
Learn about Tea for the Soul, a therapeutic program for CHLA staff members! Most of the time the lead nurse will call us and say, "My nurses need support. Can you guys come up?" We’ll go and get the cart ready with a Tea for the Soul logo on it. We get hot water, and... Read More
Published on April 29, 2020
Anesthesiologist Michael Mulick talks about how being a father of a patient has changed the way he connects with parents. I’ve taken care of thousands of children at CHLA, and I’m always meeting with the family and having them say goodbye to their child, and then we separate... Read More
Published on March 26, 2020
By Elena Epstein For Michael Rokovich, BSN, RN, RNC, lead nurse in Surgical Admitting, yoga is so much more than fitness. It’s an anchor—a way to find his center on a daily basis and especially during uncertain times. Rokovich began his career as a restaurant manager in... Read More
Published on March 26, 2020
By Vicki Cho Estrada With an uncle who’s a retired naval officer, another uncle who retired as a chief and one cousin currently on active duty in the Navy, Katrina Lazo, BSN, RN, CPN, felt it was her duty as a nurse to help those who serve on the front lines. In 2015, she... Read More
Published on March 26, 2020
Lauren Bryant, BSN, RN By Candace Pearson CHLA nurses rely on passionate foot power to exercise away their stress and keep fit. Growing up, Lauren Bryant, BSN, RN, 4 West, hated running so much that for years she chose to play goalkeeper on her soccer team. “I was... Read More
Published on March 26, 2020
By Candace Pearson As a lead nurse in the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit (NICCU), Brenda Barnum, MA, RN, knows all too well the ethical challenges that bedside nurses face as they care for critically ill newborns and infants.... Read More
Published on March 26, 2020
By Candace Pearson For Anna Kitabjian, MSN, RN, CPNP, the opportunity to manage the care of children with complex needs and to mold a brand new position hold equal satisfaction. “Having the chance to show what a nurse practitioner can do is extremely rewarding,” says ... Read More
Published on February 28, 2020
For Amy Lohmann, working to elevate nurse practitioners is part of the job “My favorite thing about culture at [Children’s Hospital Los Angeles] is that the patient always is the top priority. Everybody here strives to make the experience for our patients the best it can... Read More