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Randy Naguiat, RN

Affiliate: Garden Grove

Unit: ER

Health Care Professional Since: 2011

UNAC/UHCP Member Since: 2011

For 20 years, my mom told me to become a nurse, but I never listened to her. I wanted to do my own thing, so I went into the business world. I got tired of all the layoffs. So I took an anatomy class. Within ten minutes I knew I’d be a nurse for the rest of my life. Serving sick people is one way of serving God. The paycheck is pretty good too.

My mom’s been an ICU nurse at Garden Grove since 1981. I would call when she was working at night and people were always nice to me. I went to the ER once. As Nery’s son I got great service. I got the opportunity to join the family of nurses at Garden Grove, and I haven’t regretted it.

I didn’t plan to become a union activist, but someone asked me to go the special convention in May, and I went to see what the union is all about. I saw the election process, and enjoyed meeting new people. When I was asked to join the bargaining team, I jumped at the chance. Now I get to talk to nurses in different departments, learn about their issues, and get closer to my Garden Grove family of nurses.

Before, I’d learn about the contract from my mom. For example, I didn’t know that if you get called in on your weekend off, you get a bonus. My mom said, you should thank the union for that. I hear some nurses complain about the union because they have to pay dues. I tell them our dues are low, and they’re going to a good cause: to better our contract, to better patient care, and to make us happier as nurses. A happy nurse is a good nurse. Trust in the union.

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Debra Sung, PT PT/OT/RT
Michelle Lanorias, RN Pettis Memorial
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Rose Kivila, RN Parkview
Barb Kotlik, NP Downey
Carol Granot, RN Sharp
Summer Noyes, RN Sharp
Nery Naguiat, CHRN Garden Grove
Crystal Janey, RN Balboa
Linda Church, CNM Specialty Care Nurses
Nancy Gustafson, WOCN Specialty Care Nurses
Elena Sangit, RN Panorama City
Erica Yvette Mays, RN, CM Specialty Care Nurses
Maria Palacio, RN, CM Specialty Care Nurses
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Sally Manalad, RN Lakewood
Corazon Arabaca, RN Fountain Valley
Krissy Stassin, RN Riverside
Susanna Adame-Rozbruch, RN, BSN Woodland Hills
Gene Chang, OD South Bay
Monica Guillemin, PA-C West LA
Shelley Stanovich, RN Downey
Inese Redondo, RN Sharp
Ahsan Haque, RN St. Francis
Vena Stover, RN Baldwin Park
Debby Cruz, RN Parkview
Edwin Guardado, RN St. Francis
Angelica Coria, RN Garden Grove
Daniel Quiñones, RN Sharp
Janet Rossi, RN Orange County
Krishna Yu, RN Lakewood
Bernadette “Bernie” Brayshaw, RN Fountain Valley