uc irvine school of nursing alumni michelle reynoso

Our weekly Alumni Spotlight series features updates on the outstanding graduates of the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing. Michelle Reynoso, class of ’20, shares what it was like to be a nurse working in a pandemic.

Where do you work? What is your title?

Beverly Hospital, registered nurse

How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your life?

Limited clinicals during school (we were not hands-on). Limited training on first job and still treating and caring for sick and critical COVID patients.

What initially drew you to the nursing profession?

Seeing how nurses were the first responders in taking care of patients. Seeing how nurses are the middle person in the healthcare team of the patient. We not only care for the physical aspect of a patient, but also the emotional and mental well-being of a patient.

What do you love most about being a nurse?

Being the steady presence during a patient’s most critical time of their lives. Getting to know my patients and building a professional yet compassionate relationship with.