克里斯托弗·李, RN, 他刚当了六年护士, 但他的成就已经超过了许多比他年长的护士.
Lee, 西6区的三级临床护士, a surgical specialty medical-surgical unit at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, 参与多个护理管理委员会, including as chair of the Structural Empowerment Collaborative Council, 他的单位执业委员会主席, charter member and subcommittee lead of the Unity in Diversity Council, a member of the 护理 Executive Council and a member of the Transformational Leadership Council.
Lee also is co-lead of the Support Through Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Committee, the group responsible for planning nursing celebrations that promote recognition at the unit and health system levels.
Lee views his council participation as his “second position” at 十大网赌排行榜. His drive to advocate for the well-being of fellow nurses comes from the realization that he can use his voice to implement change and create a better working environment, he says.
“The work I do in my councils is to ensure our nurses are being given the tools to be their best and to participate in shared decision-making and for them to be valued as leaders in health care,李说. “It goes under recognizing the potential for each nurse to make an impact in health care.”
Lee traces his passion for helping others back to a promise he made to his grandmother that he would take care of her and his family as they got older. As a child, that idea translated into one day becoming a doctor, he says. 但是在大学期间, he saw the potential that nurses have to directly affect patients on a more personal level.
“I learned about the relationship nurses are able to build with their patients, and I saw they’re hands-on and very much at the center of care with patients and families, 我想成为其中的一员,李解释道. “I think I’m still able to care for my family as a nurse in many different ways, 对此我很感激.”
Lee earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from University of Wisconsin, Madison. 毕业后, he was accepted into 十大网赌排行榜’s New Graduate Nurse Residency Program and started in the cardiothoracic ICU in 2017.
当疫情爆发时, Lee volunteered as a COVID-19 safety champion and worked with the unit leadership team to ensure nurses were emotionally and physically ready to care for patients with COVID-19.
His participation in governing councils began when his former unit director gave him an opportunity to participate in the Structural Empowerment Council, 关注健康.
“我看到了自己的潜力，其他人也看到了，”李回忆道. “这就像是，‘克里斯，你也可以做点什么. 你可以成为你每天都看到的那种领导者.“我要感谢那些看到我潜力的护士领导.”
Lee enjoys his work on all his councils and committees but counts the STAR Committee as one of the most rewarding. 作为加州大学洛杉矶分校医疗中心护士认可的推动力量, STAR comprises a group of bedside nurses who collaborate with nursing leadership to coordinate nursing awards, 选择奖学金获得者并监督黛西奖计划, which recognizes individuals and teams of nurses who demonstrate extraordinary and compassionate care.
李指出，数量 黛西奖 增加了三倍, 从2021年的13个到2022年的43个, since the program was re-designed last year – a project in which he was directly involved.
“这时, 我们已经完成了两轮黛西奖, 我们希望在不久的将来能达到3个,李说.
可以说，STAR组织的最大活动是护士周, held annually the second week of May to recognize the more than 4,十大网赌排行榜中心的000名医护人员. 过去的活动包括健康课程， 礼品卡, 医院自助餐厅提供免费早餐, 披萨午餐, 来自当地面包店的糖果, 对单位送花和服务优秀奖.
护士周是一项不朽的事业, 李钟和说,, 他补充说，计划几乎提前一年就开始了.
“我们的团队对他们所做的一切都充满激情，”李说. “We work closely with (Chief 护理 Executive) Karen Grimley to make sure our nurses feel appreciated through what we’re providing.”
Although it’s early in his career, Lee’s contributions already have garnered accolades. In May, he was one of 30 nurses – 10 from 十大网赌排行榜 – to be honored by the Simms/Mann Family Foundation’s 图表外计划, which recognizes nurses for outstanding care with a $10,000 gift.
由程序设计, 接受者体现了“对行动的偏爱”, 自我导向能力, 独创性和创造本能, 勇敢大胆的思考, 以及取得更大成就的潜力.”
习惯了站在颁奖的另一边, Lee was surprised to be chosen as a recipient in this program's first year.
“我非常震惊，但也深受感动，”李说. “以这样一种有意义的方式得到认可，感觉很好. 我无言以对.”
Lee hopes that such formalized recognitions will demonstrate that nurses are a worthy investment and that the work they do is multifaceted.
“There are so many different ways nurses can contribute to health care and can be drivers of change,李说。. “It’s important we see that foundations are investing into nursing because we’re seeing that money being put into other specialties while nursing goes unappreciated. This award is meaningful because we’re being spotlighted to show people who aren’t in health care what we do to help people and the impact we make every day.”
国际旅行是李的另一个爱好, and he plans to use part of his award money toward an extended vacation in New Zealand. He also is seeking a meaningful foundation to which he can contribute the rest of the money.
“One of the things my mom instilled in me is giving back to others,” he says.
“我刚读完MBA课程的第一年, and I’d like to use that degree to be that leader who can bridge the gap between the bedside and the decision-making table,李说. “我可以在那里帮助提高护士的声音, 建立我们的组织, 只要我们齐心协力，我们就能做到最好.”