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NorthBay Nurses Share Their Stories

Posted: May 8, 2019


Compassion and a desire to help others the way that they or someone they loved was helped are common themes for NorthBay Healthcare nurses interviewed recently about why they chose a career in nursing.

The interviews are being featured all week on the NorthBay Facebook page (Facebook.com/NorthBayHealthcare) in honorGreg Hervey, R.N., is among the nurses featured in a Nurses Week special section in the Daily Republic. of National Nurses Week, which began May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingales’s birthday. In addition, two nurses and two certified nursing assistants were featured in a special section printed in the Sunday, May 5, Daily Republic newspaper.

With more than 800 nurses who serve at NorthBay Medical Center and NorthBay VacaValley hospital, it wasn’t hard to find a few willing to share their nursing journey.

Nurses from the Emergency Department, acute care at both hospitals, and administration are featured in the videos and print Jonathan Munoz, C.N.A., is among the nurses featured in a Nurses Week special section in the Daily Republic.stories in which they are asked to share why they became a nurse, what they love best about nursing in general and nursing at NorthBay specifically.

For many of the nurses interviewed in the videos, dealing with a family member who was ill, or having their own encounter with a compassionate nurse while ill is what inspired their career choice.

Brian Johnson, R.N., who works in the emergency department at NorthBay Medical Center, says the nurses he encountered while his mother fought cancer showed him what good nursing is all about.

“During those initial stages, I spent a lot of time with her in the hospital and I could tell the difference in my mom when she had a fantastic nurse vs. someone who wasn’t as engaged,” he said. “That’s what really propelled me to think about becoming a nurse, making that impact in someone’s life when they are ill and how powerful that was. I could see that effect on my mom.” His video can be viewed by clicking here.

Carmita Bucks, R.N., who works in the 1800 unit at NorthBay Medical Center, was inspired by her brother’s battle with asthma. “As a teen, I realized he had severe asthma and I wanted to help him,” she explained. “He didn’t make it but I continued with becoming a nurse.” She’s been with NorthBay for 20 years. Her video can be viewed by clicking here.

Sheila Almonia, R.N., said the Nurses Sheila Almonia, R.N., and Olivia Avila, R.N., are featured in a Facebook video salute for Nurses Week.kindness and care from nurses while her grandmother was ill was her inspiration. “My grandmother was sick and when I was growing up we were always in the hospital,” she said. “I noticed that the nurses were always the ones that took good care of us and provided a lot of comfort. So I wanted to be that for someone else.” Her video can be viewed by clicking here.

Brigette Gheno, R.N., administrative coordinator at NorthBay, had a more hands-on experience.

Bregette Gheno, R.N., is featured in a Facebook video salute for Nurses Week.“When I had my daughter, I will never forget the nurse who held my hand as I was (she paused) vomiting in the sink — I was scared to death! I’ll never forget her compassion because I was pretty young and scared,” she recalled. “I remember thanking her profusely. That’s what got it started for me.” Her video can be viewed by clicking here.

The nurses shared one other thing in common — a love of NorthBay.Dora Barcenas, C.N.A., is among the nurses featured in a Nurses Week special section in the Daily Republic.

“One of my reasons for coming in every day is the people I meet and work with — my co-workers and the patients,” said Olivia Avila, R.N., in acute care at NorthBay Medical Center. “It’s just a wonderful place to come to work every day.” Click here for her video.

Compassion and making a connection with patients is the key for Cory Javier, R.N., who works in 1 West and 2 West at VacaValley Hospital.

“I love taking care of patients because I feel like I can make an impact in their lives in a little way,” she said. “I feel like I make a difference in how they feel and I like to treat them as family.” Her video is above.

The videos can be viewed on the NorthBay Facebook page at Facebook.com/NorthBayHealthcare, with a new video posted each day this week.

Of course the video project is not the only thing happening during Nurses Week. Two NorthBay Sarah Sloan, R.N., is among the nurses featured in a Nurses Week special section in the Daily Republic.nurses, Sarah Sloan, R.N., and Greg Hervey, R.N., and two CNAs, Dora Barcenas and Jonathan Munoz, were featured in a special section in Sunday’s Daily Republic newspaper.

In addition, special events are being held all week including the blessing of the hands, labyrinth reflection, DAISY Award presentations and more.