Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – 4:59 PM
This week is National Nurses Week, designated by the American Nurses Association (ANA) as a time of year dedicated to recognizing the contributions of nurses across the country.
While we tend to focus on the accomplishments of doctors, nurses are integral figures in the recovery of their patients. In Beverly Hills, La Peer Health Center is an internationally-renowned outpatient treatment facility with a team of 50 surgeons and a staff of nurses and administrative personnel. La Peer’s nurses are at the heart of the facility’s operating philosophy that places a premium on patient needs.
Director of Nursing for La Peer Health Center is Nurse Alison Galloway who oversees patient operations. With more than 30 years as a nurse, she possesses extensive experience in virtually all areas of medical care, and is an expert in understanding the rigorous training nurses undergo to meet modern health needs. “The most rewarding aspect of my career has been the ability to touch lives by mentoring and hopefully leading my staff by example,” she says.
Galloway attended Mount Saint Mary’s College (now University) where she obtained her BS in nursing. Galloway says her profession is always in demand, everywhere in the world. “You can travel literally anywhere and find work as a nurse within endless options of work places — hospital, ASC, Insurance Company, MD office, just to name a few. And the specialties are also abundant – ER, OR, labor and delivery, medical surgery, pediatrics, ICU, administration – one can definitely find a place that is a fit, with so many options available.”
Galloway’s favorite quote is from Florence Nightingale. “Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation as any painter’s or sculptor’s work.”