I had a slightly unconventional path to nursing that began with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Theater. I discovered my true calling as part of the inaugural class of the Master’s Entry Clinical Nurse (MECN) program at UCLA. Since graduating from UCLA, I have developed my nursing practice at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Starting on a medical-surgical unit in the Versant New Graduate Residency Program, I found my passion when I transferred to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
In the PICU, I discovered a sense of purpose that resonated deeply. I have dedicated my career to helping pediatric patients and their families during some of the most challenging moments of their lives. To me, nursing is not just a profession; it's an art that involves providing holistic care and unwavering support to those in need.
My research interests revolve around improving healthcare outcomes for pediatric bone marrow transplant patients. Specifically, my dissertation is dedicated to identifying nurse-sensitive indicators that can aid in the earlier identification and recognition of Sinusoidal Obstruction Syndrome (SOS), a rare, yet life-threatening complication that may occur following bone marrow transplantation.