Nurses Who Inspire

As leaders, clinicians, researchers, innovators, and scientists, Kaiser Permanente nurses are advancing the delivery of excellent, compassionate care for our members across the continuum, and boldly transforming care to improve the health of our communities and nation.

In celebration of Nurses Week, May 6 – 12, scroll down and meet 12 Kaiser Permanente Northern California nurses who are representative of the breadth and depth of nursing excellence within the organization.

> Tell us about the nurses in your life who inspire, innovate, and influence in their work.


National Extraordinary Nurse Awardee

Bea Anne Lynch, RN

Staff RN IV, San Jose Behavioral Health

As a pediatric psychiatry nurse, Bea Anne Lynch serves a population that is often overlooked and misunderstood: children with anxiety, depression, autism, and developmental disorders. Colleagues say she has a special ability to connect with these kids and make them feel safe. Bea Anne has been a nurse for more than 40 years, in a career that has included case manager, infection-control specialist, employee health coordinator, and advice nurse.


National Extraordinary Nurse Awardee

Catherine Parsons-Goudberg, RN

NICU Clinical Nurse Specialist, Roseville Medical Center

Catherine Parsons-Goudberg has cared for some of the tiniest patients during her 42 years as a neonatal intensive care nurse. No matter how small, every patient benefits from her vast nursing knowledge. She even stays in touch with families from the NICU, delighting when her patients thrive. Catherine is equally talented as an educator. She has said that one of her favorite roles is training and mentoring staff.


National Extraordinary Nurse Awardee

Linda Ackerman, RN

PCS Program Director, Regional Offices

As director of the Caring Science program for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, Linda Ackerman encourages nurses to incorporate that philosophy in their practice by honoring the unique needs of each patient and supporting decisions that nurture their well-being. A nurse for 37 years, Linda works with nurses at 21 medical centers to help them incorporate the Caring Science philosophy into their practice by being authentic, kind, and present.


Edward Salarda, RN

Staff RN IV, Fresno Medical Center

The word “leader” is applied to Edward Salarda, RN, and when it comes to his patients, he is a strong advocate who ensures that anyone under his care understands their treatments and feels comfortable. Additionally, Edward has strong technical knowledge and is a mentor to his colleagues. Kind, hard-working, and helpful, he can work through any obstacle in a positive fashion. The hallmark of his work day is that he always puts the patient at the center.


Loretta Stroh, RN

Staff RN III, Sacramento Call Center

An experienced advice nurse, Loretta Stroh, RN, is passionate about teaching and sharing her best practices in ergonomics, as well as her clinical knowledge with her peers during team meetings and huddles. Loretta is a caring and compassionate nurse who is a role model in her professionalism, positive approach, adaptability, and work ethic. Additionally, Loretta shares her knowledge by writing articles for other clinicians at the call center, on topics ranging from telephone triage to advice tips to give patients on the topics of coughs and colds.


Robin Alfred, RN

Staff RN II, San Francisco Medical Center

Ranging from her “big smile” to her ability to provide care to our most critically ill patients, Robin Alfred inspires others by her integrity, calm, and focus. Robin has been described as providing the most sensitive and respectful nursing, for which she receives compliments from her patients. In addition, she is just as dedicated to her colleagues. She often stays to help out when other clinicians need her, where she is calm and focused during emergencies.


Roshni Gladson, RN

Staff RN II, San Leandro Medical Center

“Honest, respectful, and reliable” are words used to describe Roshni Gladson, who is consistently recognized by her peers, patients, and their family members for her caring bedside manner. Roshni has been acknowledged as a shift leader who can get others through difficult times and who utilizes her clinical skills to educate her peers. Roshni has been described as bringing positivity during stressful situations. A humble team player, she goes out of her way to help.


Tim Schlatter, RN

Home Health RN II, The Landing, Union City

Tim Schlatter, RN, regularly receives praise and thanks from his patients, particularly for his attention to infection control, his calming manner in explaining diseases or symptom management, and his ability to collaborate with other clinicians. Whether demonstrating best practices for IV and wound care, or coordinating care for a patient, those who work with Tim have described him as organized, dedicated, a patient teacher to other nurses, having a vast knowledge of diseases, and “a true patient advocate.”


Lilibeth Jimenez, RN

Staff RN IV, San Jose Medical Center

When asked to describe Lilibeth Jimenez, her long-time supervisor wrote, “A finer ICU nurse and role model you will not find!” Just one example: A fellow nurse suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. Lilibeth rushed to the hospital to help the nurse, who is a close friend. Her supervisor said, “I will never forget what courage and professionalism it took for Lilibeth to care for this special patient that evening; she did it with such love and expertise.”


Tina Vitale-McDowell, RN

Staff RN IV, Oakland Medical Center

Tina Vitale-McDowell, RN, has been described as a force of nature who is driven and focused on improving the care of pediatric patients, especially those in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Tina has forged a strong relationship between the Emergency Department and the Pediatric ICU to improve care in the ED. She also attends Kaiser Permanente Oakland’s parent advisory meetings to better understand patient and parent needs. Tina represents the gold standard of nursing by inspiring others with her dedication and thoughtfulness.


Ruth Somera, RN

Staff RN III, Modesto Medical Center

Described as one of Manteca’s most ardent advocates for providing exceptional patient care, Ruth Somera also mentors student nurses and co-workers. Whether comforting and educating a newly diagnosed diabetes patient or studying for her Staff Nurse IV certification in clinical nursing, Ruth is making a difference in patients’ lives. After volunteering to provide health care in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Ruth even met with Congress to discuss the devastation.


Imelda Valenzuela, RN

Staff RN III, San Leandro Medical Center

Families say they feel valued and safe under the care of Imelda Valenzuela, an experienced bilingual nurse. Imelda has also been described as embodying professionalism, representing a balance between clinical practice and leadership. She is a naturally gifted leader who takes opportunities to teach and propel the knowledge of her co-workers, patients, and their families. Imelda has been praised for getting to the root of each patient’s problems and involving a multidisciplinary team to intervene.

Who inspires you?

There are more than 23,000 nurses in Kaiser Permanente Northern California who provide skilled care to patients and members. Who among them is your own hero? Tell us how she or he inspires, innovates, or influences as a nurse.

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Crystal wrote on June 19, 2018:
I want to thank nurse Anne Stow at Kaiser Permanente in Davis. She works closely with the doctor and is always very responsive and understanding. She remembers a person and details of their health history, whether the contact be over the phone or on person.
Kathleen Robinson wrote on May 18, 2018:
I just want to let people know the nurse who inspires me is Ashley Marsh. She is great.
Ashley Marsh wrote on May 15, 2018:
Ashley always has a smile on her face and she is great with patients. She sings with them tells them jokes to take their minds off of whatever procedure that we are doing. She also always has a smile for her staff, and a helping hand for us.
Danielle Jossis, MA wrote on May 11, 2018:
Eloise Aguilar, RN, here in North California Adult Medicine is an amazing example of a nurse and co-worker. Her skill, caring, and experience makes her a go-to here in our department. I rely on her every day and can count on her in any circumstance. I aspire to be at least half the nurse she is ... someday!
Amanda Howell wrote on May 11, 2018:
Kim Trood, RN, director of Pediatrics for the Napa Solano area, inspires me. With 30+ years of nursing and leadership experience at KP, Kim's contributions to Pediatrics and the organization are legion. Kim is a warm, collaborative partner who wear 20 hats and spins a hundred plates. I am always impressed by Kim's deep organizational knowledge, and grateful for her willingness to roll up her sleeves. (In addition to running the Pedi service line in the NSA, Kim does a great deal of regional work -- often behind the scenes -- that benefits everyone in Pediatrics.) Kim knows what it takes to lead and make change: relationships and trust; drive coupled with patience and persistence; strategy and operational expertise. But most important, Kim is a fierce champion for children and families: placing moms and dads, babies, kids, and teens at the center of care. Thank you, Kim. You inspire all of us to do the same.
La Shawnna Tyler-Ligons wrote on May 11, 2018:
Our daughter La Shawnna is the best caring, loving, nurse I know. When you love what you do -- it loves you! She works her heart out at North Western Hospital in Chicago. The best NICU, PICU, Neuro-ICU, ER, the code blue team, the Ebola team to save lives! At only 32 years old you're my HERO!
April T Fernandez wrote on May 11, 2018:
I would like to start off by acknowledging and thanking the Oakland NICU staff of 2005. They have done a fantastic job at taking care of my youngest son Ian and nurturing him for the first four months of his life, because of what my eldest son Robert witnessed at the young age of 10 has stuck with him and motivated him to seek a career in Nursing. With great joy, I would like to announce that Robert will be graduating with his BSN from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland this month. Thank you again to the Oakland NICU staff of 2005 for having a substantial role in helping Robert pursue his career in Nursing. Happy Nurses Week!
Blanca Ochoa wrote on May 11, 2018:
Milagros "Dot" Godinez is one of our Pediatric Nurses here in the Hayward Sleepy Hollow location. As my manager, my supervisor, and I were walking around delivering a "thank you gift" to her to celebrate Nurses Week, I could see she was having a difficult afternoon. We handed the gift to her and her reply was, "Thank you, but I would rather have appointments so I can offer it to my patients...". That's who Dot is. She cares about her patients and being able to offer them the care they need. Although she is very grateful for the recognition she deserves she always brings up how we can do more for our patients. Dot walks around with a smile on her face every day and always offers words to console her co-workers when she feels we need it. "Thank you, Dot!"
Nurses in the San Jose ASU wrote on May 11, 2018:
I would like to nominate Anne Marie Hamilton, ASU, San Jose, CA. Anne Marie is a true professional. She has a vast, deep knowledge of the surgical arena, sterile technique, instrumentation, and procedures. She treats her patients with kindness, compassion, and dignity. Anne Marie always has a smile on her face and witty response. She has recently received her master's degree as nurse practitioner, and our ASU could not be more proud of her! She is a team player and is willing to go the extra mile for her patients and co-workers.
All Licensed Vocational Nurses wrote on May 9, 2018:
I want to acknowledge all LVNs in Adult Family Medicine. Every single one of them is caring, compassionate, hard working, and has strong communications skills. Especially when it comes to speaking and listening, they effectively communicate with patients and family and are the first nurses patients meet before any diagnoses, from diabetes to cancer. During Nurses Week, I want to thank you all for all you do!
Briggette Stevenson-James RN BSN CCRN wrote on May 9, 2018:
I would like to nominate my dear colleague, Karen Myles of the Kaiser Fremont ICU department. She is an excellent nurse. She enters the unit always with a smile. She is the most senior nurse on our unit. She loves her patients and loves her team, also. She is very helpful. She always volunteers to assist the patients. She has a great sense of humor, which often helps lighten the mood of the patients and their families. I often get excited when I work with her; knowing even if we have high acuity, busy shift, Karen will help make the shift brighter.
Pamela Pullen wrote on May 8, 2018:
Our Psychiatry Department in S.F. has a wonderful nurse, Nancy Graef, RN, who has worked here over 10 years. She works with our adult patients and the child/family members. Our staff has grown to 125 now, which includes our Autism clinic. Nancy heads up our nurses' team of four in our clinic. I would like to acknowledge her, especially during Nurses Week and our Kaiser Permanente Mental Health Month.
Jean Gruver MD wrote on May 8, 2018:
Our outpatient Pediatric Department at Santa Clara and satellites is deeply indebted to the nurses on our team. From the pediatric advice nurses at the call center, to the nurses at Newborn Club/Lactation, to the LVNs doing vaccines, to our charge and staff nurses in clinic, to the skilled RNs in subspecialty, we could not function a single day without them. So much so, that I hesitate to acknowledge an individual for fear of leaving anyone out. That being said, one of my personal heroes is Kathy Prows, RN, our charge nurse at Santa Clara. She has: --the best values, that put the patient and family first --an outstanding and ongoing education --a wealth of knowledge and experience, and superior judgment --management skills that include toughness as well as kindness --one of the best senses of humor I've encountered in my entire career. She is, simply, amazing. She inspires every member of the team, and the physicians are in awe of her. Thank you for letting me recognize her.
Sherrie Bliton wrote on May 8, 2018:
Shawn Bliton, RN, inspires me. She treats all her patients like they are family. She is comforting, compassionate, and caring. As Maya Angelou stated, "People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel." And I know that she has touched many people's lives within patient care and outside of her job. It has been said nurses are angels, and Shawn is definitely one of them.
Joanne Groves wrote on May 7, 2018:
Pidge Gooch, RN, inspires me. She is always a nurse; fiercely advocating; every day. On the clock, she advocates for our patients and her nurses. Off the clock, she pushes herself to be her best while studying for her DNP classes... Through trials, challenges, and successes; she relentlessly promotes warmth, joy, acceptance, positivity, gratitude, change, and intolerance of complacency -- all of which define the true spirit of nursing.