As the daughter of Khmer Rouge refugees, Veronica Collado grew up witnessing a lack of access to quality healthcare for minorities and underserved populations such as her family from Cambodia.
That’s what inspired her to go into nursing. It’s also what inspired her to switch from SCCA’s clinic in South Lake Union to SCCA at UWMC-Northwest, where she felt the smaller community site allowed her to spend more time focusing on continuity of care while working as a team with her patients. “What I really like about nursing is finding meaning by serving others and ensuring my patients receive the best quality of care,” says Collado. “Nurses are science-driven, but we also maintain hope and show compassion.”
As the charge nurse on the medical oncology side of the community clinic at SCCA at UWMC-Northwest, Collado appreciates the universal room concept where nurses, doctors and supportive services all come to the patient rather than the other way around. “This allows us to really get to know our patients,” she says. “Understanding how their disease affects their lives helps us take a more holistic approach to patient care.”