"They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel."
- Maya Angelou
I am a Northern California native that moved to San Diego when I was accepted to Azusa Pacific University's nursing program. I began working as an acute care nurse while continuing my education in my current MSN program. In March 2020, as the world halted to a stop to contain the pandemic, my unit became the designated COVID unit. Much of my life was put on hold as I navigated this new world. However, I normally enjoy traveling, immersing myself in new cultures, and brunching.
I have learned post-quarantine that I still love painting, can binge read historical fictions or psychological thrillers, still love hiking, am excellent at board games, am not so excellent at chess, and spend far too much time and money on skin care. I enjoy a good prank and have been known to laugh at my own jokes. Ask me about my joke list for further details at your own risk. I live in San Diego with my fiancé, Ryan, and furry child, Gucci. I will be marrying my fiancé in September 2021 in Sacramento, CA.
My professional philosophy is the driving force behind my career as a nurse. I believe it is an absolute privilege to make a difference in the world by caring for others. As a nurse, I have the ability to empower my co-workers and patients to be active partners in striving to achieve excellence in healthcare. Every patient encounter is an opportunity to make an impact through competent, compassionate, and holistic care. It is my personal objective to see the person behind every patient. How can I make their life better than when I first met them?
My short-term goal is to begin training as a dermatology nurse practitioner as soon as I graduate with my MSN and pass my NP boards. I have come to realize my true passion is in understanding and applying the science of dermatology to make my patients look and feel their best. I am currently a cardiac PCU nurse that is working on the designated COVID PCU unit at my hospital during this time. Depending on the number of cases and diagnoses, I may be caring for either cardiac patients or COVID patients.
My long-term goal is to become an expert in my field and be able to take on pro-bono cases in underserved populations as a way to serve my community. I would also like to give back to the medical community by teaching as either faculty or a preceptor for students.