Yaranon, a native of the Philippines, came to UCLA eight years ago and has been the overnight charge nurse for the 4-West Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) since 2009.
What are your responsibilities as an overnight charge nurse?
Overnight charge nurses act as the administrator for the overall management of the unit during the night shift, which starts at 7 p.m. and ends the next day at 7 a.m. I work three, sometimes four nights a week and I am responsible for bed control management, attendance tracking, payroll, break relief and clinical troubleshooting. We have 24 beds in the adult MICU and I work with 14 to 16 nurses at the bedside, two care partners and a secretary. I walk around the floor to make sure the staff are okay and have everything they need. If it's a busy night, I do anything I can to help out, even if it's just to bring coffee or juice to a patient's family member.
What do you think makes a good team leader?
I think genuine leaders work hard to put themselves in the shoes of other people, to practice their profession by example. I am always trying to improve myself as a leader and to develop my strengths. I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty. I think it's important to have good communication with your co-workers and to let them know you sincerely care for their well-being and support their success. I always emphasize the value of team work, that we should help each other and work together, especially during busy nights.
Why did you decide to go into nursing?
Many of my family members work in healthcare. I like that nurses have a lot of different roles and meet a lot of different people and that nursing is a caring profession. We care not only for the sick people, but for the family members, too.
What do you like best about your job?
The best part of the job is when we are able to revive someone from cardiac or respiratory arrest. To see someone who is clinically dead come back to life is the most rewarding thing I have ever experienced. It's really amazing. You get an adrenalin rush from it. I also love it when someone who was very sick takes the trouble to come back to our unit to thank us.
What is it like working on the nightshift at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center?
Sometimes it's strange that everyone is sleeping when you're going to work and everyone's working when you're going to sleep. But you get used to it. I'm more efficient as a night person. I think I was born to work nights.
I've experienced working at many hospitals but working at UCLA is really special. I'm so blessed to be here. You can't find another place like it. The working environment and people are all great. And it doesn't matter if you're young or old. If they see you have potentialand work hard, you will be appreciated.
Do you have any outside hobbies or interests?
My wife and I like to go to movies and walk in the park. We are going to have our first baby in a few weeks, so that's very exciting. I'm looking forward to taking care of my son and spending time together as a family.