Position: Licensed Vocational Nurse
Organization: AltaMed Health Services
Why should this person be nominated? (What makes nominee unique; why should they be selected the winner of this category?
Juana became a Certified Nursing Assistant in 2004, and started working at the Presbyterian Community Hospital for several years. She then worked at a convalescent home for another two years. Juana joined the AltaMed team in 2009 as an LVN for our Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in East Los Angeles. Juana is now part of the team that conducts in-home assessments to see if frail seniors will qualify to enter the PACE program. She is currently taking courses at the East Los Angeles Community College in preparation to enter a Registered Nursing degree program. She believes she has found her passion in working with the senior population and plans to further her education to better care for her patients.
What is this nominee’s involvement in senior care or senior issues
Juana is an outstanding nurse who never loses sight of one thing: her senior patients are first and foremost frail human beings who need love and attention. She keeps this in mind every day at work. Juana does not hesitate to do what she can to help patients keep their minds off of their pain. She takes the time to talk with the seniors so they can de-stress and relax. A patient once complained of back pain and Juana gave the patient a back massage while chatting with her because she understood that the patient just needed to feel a human touch. The patient felt much better.
The patients Juana works with in the PACE program are low-income, elderly persons who often have little to no help at home. After conducting an in-home assessment for a potential new patient, Juana noticed that the senior had no food at home. The senior also informed Juana that she had run out of her medication and could not go to the pharmacy. Juana went to the pharmacy to obtain the medication and bought some food at the market. Juana took the initiative to care for a senior who was not yet her patient, despite this causing her to arrive home late to her husband and children.
The world needs more caring nurses like Juana, and we are thankful to have her at AltaMed.