Men in Nursing 2017 (R-Z)


Men in Nursing 2017 (R-Z)

Their career choices, meaningful patient experiences and sources of daily inspiration

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Mark Redulla

Mark Phillip Redulla, RN, MSN, NE-BC • Nurse Manager, Medical-Surgical Inpatient Unit, Vascular Access Team • Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance

How did you choose your specialty?

I always wanted to follow the path my mom was on and become a pediatric ICU nurse, but when I was a new grad, it was difficult to find a hospital willing to train and mentor new grads. So, I accepted the first job that was offered me, which was on an adult cardiac telemetry unit. Since then, I have been working with telemetry and medical-surgical units, where I am now a nurse manager.

Please share a meaningful patient experience.

One that sticks in my mind is a very challenging burn patient we had in our unit for a few months. Initially, he was extremely angry — at times, he was verbally abusive to staff. Once he became medically stable, his history made it hard to place him and his behavior did not make it easier. The staff continued to care for him and everyone got to know him and his parents. He gradually came to know and appreciate everyone. Towards the end of his stay, he was able to feed himself, walk, talk and dance in the nursing station to show how happy he was. He eventually got a place that fit his needs. That was a difficult day, but everyone knew that was what was best for him.

What do you know now that you wish you’d learned earlier in your career?

As a leader, I have learned to appreciate what I have gone through, the mistakes I made and the successes I have had. I have learned that competence is not enough; as a nurse, you also need to have a heart.


Safari Sekiyoba

Safari M. Sekiyoba, RN, MSN, PHN • Registered Nurse II, Urgent Care • H. Claude Hudson Comprehensive Health Center, Los Angeles

Tell us a little about your career path.

I moved to the U.S. from the Democratic Republic of Congo. I decided to attend community college and obtain associate degrees in art and nursing science. I then transferred to a four-year college to earn a BSN, followed by an MSN. Currently, I am completing a DNP. In all of this, my motivation has been the love of the patients I care for on a daily basis and the hunger for more knowledge.

Please share a memorable patient experience.

Some of the patients I care for come in because they have nowhere else to go. Recently, I had a patient who came to me with edema, shortness of breath and other symptoms associated with congestive heart failure. The patient was seen at a community hospital and discharged with no medication because they were uninsured. At my facility, the patient was provided medication and treated accordingly. A week later, the patient returned with multiple boxes of chocolates, flowers and a thank-you card in appreciation of my not asking any questions regarding insurance. The card said, “Thank you for saving my life, you are my lifesaver, you are an angel from God.”


Randi Shano

Randi Shano, RN • Pediatric Intensive Care • Providence Tarzana Medical Center

Tell us briefly about your career path.

My RN career was not your typical path, as it started much later in life. I began as a certified nursing assistant, a program I was exposed to in high school. After graduation, I became an LVN for the next 38 years. As I grew older and my priorities shifted towards family, it was time for a change. That is when I became an RN.

Tell us a little about your day-to-day.

In the PICU, I am most often providing care to our littlest, most critically ill patients, the children of our community. In my unit, we have received additional training and certifications so that we can provide intensive nursing care for our sickest pediatric patients. My goal has always been advocacy, whether it’s for our patients or my peers.

Please share a meaningful patient experience.

A few years ago, I cared for a little girl around 4 years old. The family struggled to accept her condition and often resisted the treatment recommended by her physicians. I acted as a liaison between the family and the physicians, encouraging each to meet the other in the middle. When the little girl started to deteriorate, the trust I had built with the family helped them see that intervention was needed. A tumor was discovered and she was sent to a tertiary center. A few weeks later, the family came back to thank me for saving their daughter’s life. Because of that experience, the mother changed her career and is now pursuing her own path in healthcare.


Timothy Taylor

Timothy Michael Taylor, RN, BSN, CCRN • Staff Nurse, ICU • Redlands Community Hospital

What led you to become a nurse?

I had previously worked as a medic in the military, a clinical lab assistant and a biomedical research technician, but I wanted to return to a clinical patient care position. Of all the health disciplines, nursing best suits my personality and my philosophical approach to disease and health. The modern healthcare environment can be cold, impersonal and objectifying. In my nursing practice, I endeavor to create a therapeutic healing environment and provide intentional, compassionate care that is conscious of each person’s humanity and worth.

Please share a meaningful patient experience.

I recall a gentleman with a brain tumor who was in first-day post-op for his craniotomy and tumor resection. His wife had spent the night at his bedside, as she often did, and was present when I assumed care. I remember reflecting on how I would feel if I were in her place and it were my wife lying in that hospital bed with a sudden and scary diagnosis. This is where Jean Watson’s Caring Science comes in. It starts with empathy, the ability to step outside of your own experience and see what your patients and their families are experiencing.

What do you know now that you wish you’d learned earlier in your career?

I wish I had been better prepared to deal with stress earlier in my career. Learning to give and receive grace is a fundamental tool for preventing burnout. I am now better able to receive from others and offer grace to myself, my colleagues, my patients and their families in difficult moments.


Ralph Umali

Ralph Ronormil T. Umali, RN, BSN • Charge Nurse/Staff Nurse, Medical-Surgical/Telemetry • San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, Banning

What inspired you to become a nurse?

I grew up seeing my mom as a nurse, but I always thought only women could be nurses. Years later, when I was going to law school in the Philippines, my mom called me crying, telling me that my sister (who had decided to drop out of nursing school) was her only hope of having one of her children become a nurse. I felt guilty, so I blurted out that I was going to inquire about nursing school. I went to church to pray for guidance and then went to my local nursing school. It just happened to be the last day to take the entrance exam. I figured that if I failed, I could tell my mom I tried and go on with my life. Unfortunately, I passed! It wasn’t until I did my clinicals that I realized this is what God wanted me to do. It was then that I became serious. Uncannily, I am working with my mom now. She is also one of the med-surg charge nurses and we give reports to each other. I also work with my sister, who is now a CNA.

How has technology changed the way you work?

New products never cease to amaze me. Sometimes, I’ll remember patients from way back when and think, “That patient could have used this.” Technology has made nursing a lot easier, safer and more efficient.

Please share a meaningful patient experience.

I have been through many experiences that people might find entertaining. I almost got run over by a 6-foot-tall sweaty naked guy, running at full speed, whom my instructor told me to stop or else he would fail me. I had a gun pointed at me, forcing me to perform CPR until I couldn’t feel my arms anymore — on a person who was long dead before I even started.


Kevin Young

Kevin S. Young, RN, CCRN, ATCN • Supervising Staff Nurse I, Surgical/Trauma ICU • LAC+USC Medical Center, Los Angeles

How has technology changed the way you work?

Technology has helped reduce errors. We have a computerized physician order entry system, so nurses and pharmacists no longer have to decipher handwritten orders. We also have “smart” IV pumps that automatically alert the nurse to a dosing error. Our automated dispensing system will only allow nurses to access medications that have been prescribed for that particular patient.

Please share a meaningful patient experience.

I had a patient who had been struck by a motor vehicle as she walked her two young daughters to school; she pushed them out of the way of the oncoming car and suffered massive injuries. The daughters were starting to believe their mother was dead, but her husband was reluctant for them to see her in this condition. I spoke to the girls about what they were seeing and explained that their mother was getting a bit better. Over the next week or so, they appeared more relaxed and I would even see them smile. Fortunately, she slowly recovered in our ICU. Months later, all four family members came to our trauma survivor reunion to reunite with the hospital staff that cared for them. I will never forget that family. They taught me how to be strong without even knowing that they did so.

What do you know now that you wish you’d learned earlier in your career?

Early in my career, I was very task-oriented, fascinated with all the complicated disease processes and technology. Although that type of knowledge is very important, that is not all you need to be good at. Patients want to feel that you genuinely care about their circumstance. Patient advocacy is also very important. 


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