Grateful for Our Nurses

CHOC_Patterson-Melanie.jpgTo honor nurses who are on the front lines of providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic, National Nurses Week (May 6-12) was extended to recognize National Nurses Month for May 2020.

Below is a testimonial from Melanie Patterson, DNP, MHA, RN, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at CHOC Children's.   

I am honored to lead a team of nurses who demonstrate—every day—an extraordinary commitment to the highest standards of care. That dedication hasn’t wavered in the slightest during the pandemic. 

From supporting our command center operations to staffing a 24/7 COVID-19 helpline for our community, our nurses have enthusiastically accepted new roles and responsibilities to ensure we continue to advance the health and well-being of the children who depend on us. 

CHOC_virtual_yoga.jpgIn addition to the compassion they show our patients and their families, our nurses continue to support each other in inspiring ways. They've launched online yoga sessions, participated in virtual walks, and distributed kindness cards to “pay it forward” with colleagues across our healthcare system. 

The past few weeks have been challenging, yet our nurses have rallied and have exhibited the finest qualities of their profession.

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