Year Graduated: 2004
Job Title: Clinical Lead Medical Intensive Care Unit, Sharp Memorial Hospital Kearny Mesa
Eva Lozano describes San Diego State University as a great school and her experience in the Nursing Program as well organized and thorough. She remembers feeling a bit overwhelmed by her coursework in the beginning, with so many classes and so many clinicals. She recalls the professors being especially knowledgeable and holding their students to a higher level of excellence. While at the time it felt as though they were difficult to please, looking back after all these years she realizes they wanted students not only to learn about nursing, but also how to think critically, how to communicate, how to deal with stress, and how to give the best parts of themselves.
SDSU was the solid foundation upon which Lozano has built her career. When she graduated, she was hired on at the Sharp Memorial Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), and never left. The people she works with and the ICU patient population she serves have been the reason she stayed all these years. Lozano first started at Sharp as a night shift bedside nurse. Three years later, she became an Advanced Clinician and has now served as a Clinical Lead for the past seven years. During her fourteen years in nursing, she has seen her fair share of complex diseases, including Swine Flu and now Covid-19. She finds herself remembering nursing school lectures about pathophysiology, pharmacology, immune response, and even public health. Lozano shares, “Covid-19 has been nerve-wracking, especially in the beginning as we were seeing the horrible news stories coming out of Italy and then New York. But then you take a breath and remember this is what we are trained to do. I could not be prouder of my team and our hospital’s leadership. I read the World Health Organization has named 2020 ‘The Year of the Nurse’ – I could not agree more.”
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