Stories to Tell,
Memories to Cherish
Long-time nursing professionals Joan Clegg and Alice
Davila will be celebrated by Beverly Hospital for 40 years of dedicated
service s Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs). ...
When asked why they chose to stay at Beverly Hospital
all of these years, both expressed the same sentiment. Clegg replies,
"[It's] the job, the people--camaraderie." Davila considers
it "home-away-from-home." ...
There isn't much this dynamic-duo has not witnessed in
their 80 years combined at Beverly Hospital. They have seen a wave of
change from dress codes, staffing ratios, to memorable experiences with
Reflecting on one patient, Clegg chuckles as she tells
the story of a retired fireman who thought that he heard a fie alarm go off
and decided to respond to the call. However, he had forgotten that he
was recovering from orthopedic surgery and hopped out of bed, fully attached
to the CPM machine and IVs. "Needless to say, he didn't get very
far," laughs Clegg. ...
There was a time when smoking was allowed at nursing
stations and in patient rooms. Now, smoking is banned from the
hospital altogether. Glass vials once held medications that was
dispensed by nurses, and then sterilized.
Major technological advances have gone forth since the
'60s. One wonders how health professionals communicated with one
another back then since there were no beepers or pagers. ...
Davila, the more quiet and reserved of the two,
considers orthopedics the place where she has specialized experience for
much of her 40 years. ...
"It's incredible, the loyalty and dedication of
these two nurses--to have given the majority of their careers here at
Beverly Hospital. It's genuinely heart-warming," comments Bobbie
McCaffrey, vice president of nursing services at Beverly Hospital. ...
From Spotlight on Montebello, May - June,