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Victor Falle, RN

Moanalua Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii

Although still early in his nursing career, Victor is already distinguishing himself as a trusted nurse leader, top-notch clinician and collaborative professional who is actively advancing the practice of quality patient care in his unit and beyond. Victor is a leader in his unit, and serves as a preceptor for new RN graduates. He shares his knowledge and expertise by teaching and coaching others. He is passionate in continually finding ways to positively impact the health and well-being of our patients.

Victor is a recent winner of the Kaiser Permanente Extraordinary Nurse Award, and he shared his nursing journey with us in the following Q&A session.

 

When did you know you wanted to be a nurse?
My mom is a retired nurse, so you could say that nursing has been a part of my life since I was a kid. Every time I was either sick or injured, my mom knew exactly what to do. I’ve always seen how nurses have touched people’s lives. I like to help people, so after college I knew I wanted to go back to school to become a nurse.

What do you love about being a nurse?
The ability to be a part of people’s lives, helping them and their families, is very rewarding for me.

How long have you been with Kaiser Permanente?
I was 19 years old when I first started with KP, and I’ve been here for 19 years in different capacities. I’ve mostly been on the business side, working in financial counseling and medical records. But I really wanted to help people, so I went back to school in 2010 and graduated nursing school in 2012. I knew I was helping people working on the administrative side, but in order to really make a difference, I wanted to be at the bedside. 

What’s one thing you want to tell a nurse joining KP for the first time?
Welcome to the world of nursing! While it might be one of the most challenging and stressful jobs, I feel that it can be equally rewarding. There are few professions that would give you the opportunity make a difference in someone’s life the way that you will as a nurse. Here at KP, we care for our patients like they’re family. Having been a KP member my entire life, I can definitely speak from experience. 

Please tell us about a favorite or special nursing moment.
I’m not sure if this is one of my favorite memories, but it is a very important one for me. Shortly after orientation, I was taking care of a patient who had been slowly declining prior to the start of my shift. I ended up having to call a Rapid Response Team as the patient became unstable. I was very nervous and scared, being that I was inexperienced. I honestly did not know what to expect.

One by one, my co-workers came to help me, and along with the Rapid Response Team, we were able to stabilize the patient for transfer. It was in that moment that I knew that I was not just a single nurse caring for five patients, but I was a part of a team taking care of all the patients on the unit. It was a valuable lesson for me, and one that I will never forget.

What skills or knowledge do you think will be important for nurses of the future?
Being a nurse on the floor, the ability to adapt and think critically is paramount. Keep the big picture in mind. It is important to be able to assess, recognize details and act appropriately in a timely manner. That is something that will never change despite the ever-evolving nature of the nursing profession.

What do you do to thrive?
I love spending time with my wife, friends, family and dogs. I exercise whenever possible. My wife and I are foodies — we love to eat and cook. I grew up in a Japanese and Filipino household with parents who are excellent cooks. They always told me that if you really like to eat something, learn to cook it so that you can have it whenever you want. One of my favorite things to eat is pork adobo, so it was one of the first things I learned how to cook. To this day, it remains one of my go-to favorites.

 

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