CNO Roundtable 2024

Question 1: Your Career Journey

What have you learned about nursing that you didn’t know at the start of your career?

Compilation of headshot photos from 20 CNOs interviewed in the article.

­­Wendy Cortez / Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center

That organizations with a strong mission and vision are more rewarding. Partnering across disciplines in pursuit of a common goal inspires true collaboration.

Danielle Gabele / VCMC and Santa Paula Hospital

That nurses practice in many different settings and many different ways. When I became a nurse, I had no real understanding of what nurses did other than attend to patients at the bedside.

Anna Gonzales / Regal Medical Group

That nursing advocacy extends beyond hospital walls, which was illuminated by an experience assisting a disabled couple that sparked my transition from bedside care to case management.

Nurse leader at computerKatie Hughes / Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare

That I am part of something bigger: a village of people from different disciplines who collaborate to provide care. The longer I’m in leadership, the bigger that village becomes.

Leila Ibushi-Thompson / Adventist Health White Memorial

That nursing extends far beyond merely addressing medical conditions to include patients’ physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.

Maria Kariuki / California Rehabilitation Institute

That being an empathetic listener and building rapport with patients and families goes hand-in-hand with efficiency. Little things make a difference.

Dalarie Manda / St. John’s Regional Medical Center

That nurses can accomplish incredible things. My favorite example occurred early in the pandemic, when one of our nurses used a 3D printer to create protective face shields for the staff.

David Marshall / Cedars-Sinai

The value of professional organizations and building relationships with peers from other organizations. Talking with colleagues about how they’re addressing challenges is awesome.

Mark Mitchelson / Adventist Health Simi Valley

That many nurses only understand their specialty, and not how their actions affect other nurses downstream. It’s helpful to rotate through multiple areas to broaden your exposure.

Theresa Murphy / USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

The important role of the RN in determining patients’ care plans. At the start of my career, I was good at carrying out orders, but I had to learn which care decisions I had autonomy to make.

Cindy Naveira / USC Care & Ambulatory Services

The value of relationships. One cannot know it all, do it all, or be it all; it’s collaboration that achieves results. Also, healthcare is a small world, so don’t burn bridges.

Jinhee Nguyen / Adventist Health Glendale

How deeply nurses are woven into the fabric of healthcare, from the bedside to the boardroom. We promote community health, advocate for patients, and work to affect policy change.

Nurse manager in white coat with folder talks to nursing staff.Darlene Scafiddi / Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center

The importance and influence of the nurse’s role as patient advocate, beyond just helping patients recover from illness.

Michelle Sterling / Rancho Los Amigos

The profound impact of the professional rehabilitation team, particularly nurses, on patients’ quality of life, and the significant role nurses have played in the evolution of rehabilitation care.

Armenui Telliyan / Ambulatory Care Network, LAC DHS

That the possibilities are endless for us nurses. I was shocked to learn there was a whole other world beyond the hospital walls.

Joyce Volsch / Redlands Community Hospital

Opportunities proliferate in nursing; it’s about seizing them and stepping up when they arise. Creating your own career path involves raising your hand and being the one that excels your own professional career.

Vicki White / Henry Mayo

That the essence of nursing is bringing about positive change in the lives of patients and families. Although our interactions may be brief, the impact is substantial.

Profile of nurse leader with long blonde hair looking at camera.Colleen Wilcoxen / USC Arcadia Hospital

That the opportunities are endless. As a leader, I’ve also found that the more I empower caregivers, the more successful we become as a team.

Cheryl Witt / Wheelock Northridge Hospital Medical Center

That my critical care experience and the ability to assess, analyze, and quickly implement plans would be so instrumental in my development as a nurse leader.

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