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ADVANCE asked nurses at CA-based Palomar Pomerado Health: What is the most rewarding part of your job?

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"Palomar Pomerado Health feels like home. I feel comfortable here and the team of nurses is more like a family, which really helps in stressful situations. I am here to help, and the best part of my job is when I can tell someone their loved one is doing fine because of our teamwork."

Jeannie Weeks, RN,

Operating Room, Palomar Medical Center

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"I love my co-workers and the support we bring to each other. As a very collaborative organization, all the nurses here are involved in the decision-making process, and we work hard to create a positive work environment. Palomar Pomerado Health strives to be better and do better, and everyone's voice is heard."

Sara Norris, RN,

Birth Center, Palomar Medical Center

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"Being Nurse of the Year doesn't mean I'm perfect; I can still continue to learn. Palomar Pomerado Health encourages that and has helped me to get ahead personally and professionally. PPH's employee-enhancement program encourages nurses to continue their education and become involved with healthcare issues. As a part of the 'Green Team,' I help make an effort to reduce the impact our hospital has on the environment."

Lil Simmons, RN,

Mental Health Unit, Palomar Medical Center

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"Nursing is not just a job, it's a calling. I tell the patients at Palomar Pomerado Health that their journey is my Journey and I'm right there with them. I become extended family to the patients and really feel like I'm making a difference. PPH is so personable, and all the nurses are such good team players. It makes the transition for patients much smoother."

Laura Winter, RN,

Birth Center, Pomerado Hospital

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"The best part of my job is being able to help people every day. Ever since I was a little girl, I've wanted to be a nurse. I'm living my dream job. Our community has a large Hispanic population, so being bilingual not only helps our patients, but our doctors and other staff members in prepping them for surgery. And, Palomar Pomerado Health supports a great work/life balance for its employees - I have weekends off! In my 20 years as a nurse, my PPH co-workers have become my family, which is why I love working here."

Ida Mendez, RN,

Surgery, Palomar Medical Center

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"To me, the most rewarding part of working at Palomar Pomerado Health is the team environment. PPH's team approach and friendly atmosphere really make a difference in patient care. After 14 years of nursing, I still learn something new all the time. PPH allows me to contribute - there are many opportunities to get involved in committees, councils and organizations. I love that I can be involved in determining the future of the hospital while providing excellent care for our patients."

Kathryn Puttroff, BSN, RN,

Med/Surg, Pomerado Hospital

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"I really enjoy working at Palomar Pomerado Health because we're considered to be a true asset to our community. I love that I have a lot of autonomy, am able to use my critical-thinking skills every day and have support from PPH to advance my practice. Not only does PPH champion community involvement, continuing education and career advancement for its nurses, we are also treated like family. We're focused on providing patient-centric care in recovery, which allows me the opportunity to tap into the caring and nurturing part of my practice, in addition to the clinical part. For me, the value we provide to our community is the best part of my job."

Denise Lawton, BSN, RN,

PACU, Pomerado Hospital


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