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Year of the Nurse and Midwife: A Spotlight on Nurse Tierra Norman

The World Health Organization recently declared 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Here at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles, we know our nurses are caregivers, teachers, and heroes. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, our nurses are now widely recognized across the nation—and the world—as they stand on the frontlines.

At the West Los Angeles Medical Center, Tierra Norman, a registered nurse and department administrator over the Critical Care Unit, helps keep the pandemic frontline strong with her extraordinary care and professionalism. She spoke with the Los Angeles Sentinel about how she chose nursing as a profession, her daily routine, and life after COVID-19. Read the full article here.

Our nurses, like Norman, are part of the brain trust and the heart powering the care we deliver every day at Kaiser Permanente.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes – Spotlight on Tairs Hurns

Even during the COVID-19 crisis, Tairs Hurns goes above and beyond in her role as a kitchen worker at West Los Angeles.

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COVID-19 Patient Battles to Stay Alive as Boyfriend FaceTimes with Her Daily

“Don’t worry about it,” Moises Lorenzano said to his girlfriend, Karla Zuniga-Maldonado, after she told him that physicians urgently needed to intubate her. “I love you,” he added, but Karla had already ended the phone call.

Moises did not know then that he would have to wait 24 days to be able to speak to Karla again.

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Local University Students Complete Internship Program Amid COVID-19 Crisis with the Help of Some Chalk

On April 15, 2020, health care workers at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center stepped out of the hospital to a display of encouraging messages across the courtyard. Earlier that day, interns at the medical center completed their internship program by creating colorful chalk masterpieces to help encourage hospital employees and physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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It’s Nurses Week – Let’s Celebrate our Nurses!

Every May 6 through 12 marks the celebration of National Nurses Week where we celebrate the incredible depth and scale of the work our nurses perform. Today, we are especially grateful for their role during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our nurses are superheroes. We are thankful that they get up each morning to be on the front line of the defense against this virus. They make extraordinary efforts to meet the needs of our patients. We thank you – our treasured nurses – our leaders, clinicians, researchers, innovators, scientists, and care givers, who are also courageous heroes with the ability to perform under pressure and provide the ultimate calling: true, selfless, compassionate care.

Please join us in celebrating our nurses this week and every day!