LABOR OF LOVE S A I N T J O H N ’ S NURSES EMB RACE EXCELLENCE AS A P R O MISE T O T HEIR PAT IENT S. BY LAUREL DIGANGI / PHOTOGRAPHED BY FRED SIEGEL
n the early days of the hospital, when it was known commitment to excellence and professional growth as simply Saint John’s Hospital, patients were often opportunities, says Dr. Lyle-Edrosolo. Adherence to all cared for by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth—the of those areas will ensure that Saint John’s continues to religious order that founded the hospital. The gentle and be a top hospital—both for patients to receive care and loving care provided by those women set the tone for a for nurses to practice their craft. nursing staff that is highly trained in the most advanced, “What I love about nursing at Saint John’s is that we technical aspects of nursing and yet has not lost their continue to succeed because of the caregivers in our founders’ emphasis on comfort and compassion. ministry,” he says. “Our nurses love the people they “Our mission statement includes the promise, ‘Know me, work with, and they say it’s an environment that aligns care for me, ease my way.’ I see that in the interactions I with their values. These are key strengths that I want to have with our nurses,” says Giancarlo Lyle-Edrosolo, DNP, build on in the future.” RN, the health center’s new chief nursing officer. The fact that so many nurses spend their entire Nursing has long been considered one of the health careers at Saint John’s speaks to their dedication to the center’s chief attributes, says Irene Bristol, RN, director of hospital’s values and their own love of the institution. major gifts at the Saint John’s Judy Hutchison, RN, joined Health Center Foundation, and Saint John’s in 1991, attracted a former practicing nurse at the by the hospital’s mission. She hospital. knew from a young age that “The way our nurses she wanted to be a nurse. interact with patients is very “The element of compassion different than anywhere else,” was in my family,” she says. says Bristol, who began her “My parents were always nursing career at Saint John’s taking care of other families more than 40 years ago. “The and people who needed help.” – Cancer survivor, Marsha compassion our nurses have Inspired by her upbringing, for their patients – it’s like she began working in hospitals the patients are their family as a candy striper when members. Patients recognize she was 14. In 1968 she the nurses as the strength of the unit. The doctors graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University with a come and go. The nurses are there. They are the glue nursing degree, and in 1985 she returned to school, that keeps the hospital together.” eventually earning a master’s degree from UCLA as a The nursing program emphasizes compassion, cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist.
“The nurses of Saint John’s helped give me the power to fight.”
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