Thank You For Making A Difference

To our Donors, Thank you for your financial gifts and belief in UCLA Health nursing staff's exemplary nursing practice. Your support makes a real and substantive difference. 

To our Nursing staff, UCLA Health would like to recognize and extend a special thank you for all of your invaluable contributions that have elevated the status of nursing across the healthcare spectrum. Thank you for continuously providing the highest level of care by promoting nursing excellence, infusing every day with your leadership, and fostering endless and inspiring innovations in your daily work.

UCLA Health STAR Team 

Support Through Appreciation & Recognition

Quick Link: Nursing Staff Website

Congratulations to our Nursing Award Honorees!

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center front of Building

“I am of certain convinced that the greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.”
~ Florence Nightingale

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Nursing Awards

Clinical Leader: Christopher Lee, BSN, RN-BC, CNIII - 6W

Clinical Practitioner: Soonhee Han, BSN, RN, PCCN, CNIII - 7W

Clinical Transferor of Knowledge: Edith Solis, BSN, RN, PCCN - 7W

LVN Relationship-Based Care: Jennifer Gomez, LVN - Dept. of Surgery - Westwood

Nurse Scientist: Valentina Obreja, DNP, RN, CCRN, CNIII - 7ICU

Nurse Innovator: Taline Marcarian, PhD, RN, CCRN, CNIII - 7ICU

Partner-In-Care Relationship-Based Care: Nkeiruka (Nikki) Adebiyi, ACCP - Resource Team

Rising Star: Geng-Wei Lee, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNII - 4ICU

Professional Governance: Jane Hikichi, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNII - 7W

Drivers of Change:  7ICU Performance Improvement Committee

Lester and Devra Breslow Care Partner Scholarship: Joshua Song, ACCP - 8W

Lester and Devra Breslow Care Partner Scholarship: Lemei (Dora) Xiao, ACCP - FPRT

Muriel D. Casselman Humanism: Nina Park, BSN, RN, CNII - 6ICU

The Joann Conflenti Registered Nurse Scholarship Fund: Billal Khan, BSN, RN, Float Pool Nurse - FPRT

John Henry Sandbrook Annual Staff Appreciation: Lisa Gonzalez, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNIII - 7ICU

Virginia Frances Sandbrook Annual Staff Appreciation Award: Catherine Fairbanks, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNIII - 4ICU

Barco's Nightingales SM Foundation Award for Nursing Excellence: Shiow-Hwa Hwang, BSN, RN, CRNO, Ambulatory Care Patient Supervisor 2 - JSEI

Mary Erbeznik Scholarship Fund: Ryan Kuresa, BSN, RN, CCRN, Float Pool Nurse - FPRT

Pamela Jane Nye Operation Scrubs (Opi) Working Neuroscience Nurse Scholarship: Rutuja Gourkar, BSN, RN, CNII - 6N

Cathy Rodgers Ward Nursing Leadership Scholarship: Thanuttha (Tak) Tiensawang, MSN, CWON-AP, CNS - CNEX

Heidi Crooks Visionary of the Year: Katrine Murray, MSN, RN, CCRN, NE-BC - 7ICU

UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica Exterior

"For us who Nurse, our Nursing is a thing, which, unless in it we are making progress every year, every month, every week, take my word for it we are going back. The more experience we gain, the more progress we can make."
~ Florence Nightingale

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center Nursing Awards

Professional Governance: Christina Richner, BSN, RN-BC, CNII - 5NW

Drivers of Change: UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Perinatal Team

Rising Star: Pamela Minasian, BSN, RN, CNII - AMN

Colleague-in-Care: Tracy Reyes Serrano, BA, CCLS-CLS2 - Child Life Specialist

Clinical Practitioner: Rae Rios, BSN, RN, RNC-NIC, CNII - NICU

Clinical Transferor of Knowledge: Rayna Ewer, BSN, RN, OCN, CNIII - 4SW

LVN RBC: Theresa Schuerger-Salzer, Sr. LVN - Department of Medicine

Nurse Scientist: Maria Santua, RN, CNIII - Pediatric Infusion Center

Nurse Innovator: Alissa McCullough, BSN, RN-BC, CNII - 6NW

Clinical Leader: Dahlia Maldonado, BSN, RN-BC, ANI - 4NW

Partner-in-Care RBC: Ever Mazariegos, CACP, Clinical / Administrative Care Partner - PACU/PTU

Harding Compassion Award: Cristina Perez, CNII, BSN, RN-BC - 6NW and Robby Kashani, CNII, BSN, RN - 4NW

Leadership Excellence Award: Cecily Byron, UD, DNP, RN-BC, NEA - 4MN and Sharon Doggett, UD, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC - Resource Team

Mentor Award: Maninder Jasdhaul, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC  - Center for Nursing Excellence

Team Excellence Award: PTU/PACU

Team Safety Award: 5NW Geriatrics

Team Spirit Award: Internal Medicine Hospitalists, Nurse Practitioners and Perinatal Service

Resnick Building

“So, NEVER LOSE AN OPPORTUNITY OF URGING A PRACTICAL BEGINNING, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.”
~ Florence Nightingale

Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA Nursing Awards

Innovation of the Year: Wireless Headphones - 4E

Teammate of the Year: Kimberly Lucio - Sr. Mental Health Practitioner 

Recovery Nurse of the Year: Elizabeth Brillo, BSN, RN-BC, ANI - 4E

Transformational Leader: Jomar dela Pena, BSN, RN-BC, ANI - 4E

Exemplary Professional Practice Nurse: Kenneth Matthews, BSN, RN, ANI - 4N

Evidence Based Practice Nurse: Era Hawk, MSN, RN-BC, CNII - 4E

Support Staff of the Year/Decade: Sharon Singh, Administrative Specialist


For more information contact: 

Michelle Rodriguez, BSN, RN, CCRN, CSC, NE-BC
Clinical Nurse Manager
Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (7ICU)
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Karyn Greenstone
Operations Manager
CENTER for Nursing Excellence