Deb Carver, MBA, BSN, RN

Deb Carver joined Tarzana Medical Center as chief nursing officer in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and an MBA from the University of Phoenix in Arizona. Her career in nursing spans 30 years and includes several leadership and executive positions at hospitals in Arizona and California.

What is your favorite part of your role?

“Working alongside of individuals that care about the community and fulfilling our mission. All of our caregivers are resilient and focused on easing the way of those we serve. Each day, despite continued change, our caregivers show up ready to give it their all. These heroes are discovering new skills, adapting through innovation, collaborating more closely with others and drawing on personal strengths—all while keeping our patients and families at the forefront of every decision we make. The respect and gratitude I have for our community of caregivers grows each day.”

How has the role of a nurse changed in response to the pandemic?

“Our nurses learned to adapt more quickly and frequently to the ever-changing landscape during the pandemic. Their compassion and creativity in the face of this crisis is seen and heard through stories each day. Being a patient is never easy, but hospitalization during a pandemic can feel especially overwhelming. With current visitor restrictions in place, our nurses have taken on more in their roles as caregivers. Though we’ve always provided compassionate care, nurses now provide more of the comfort and support that family and friends would normally provide. We also help loved ones stay connected with iPads and encourage the use of two-way video apps like FaceTime and Zoom. Hearing how a patient’s day was brightened by a nurse’s smile or how an interaction with a family member eased their way provides reassurances that mean a lot to our caregivers.”

What changes have you made due to COVID-19?

“We are following local and state guidelines and have proactively rolled out practices throughout the hospital as additional safe-guards. Everyone entering the facility undergoes a temperature check and symptom screening and is required to wear a mask at all times while in the facility. Patients with COVID-19 are safely isolated and cared for in designated areas of the hospital. We’ve also added many unique barriers throughout the facility to ensure safe social distancing in common areas. These are unprecedented times, and providing care while ensuring patients’ safety remains our highest priority.”

What have been your proudest moments recently?

“Although it’s been difficult, our caregivers have risen to the challenge to fulfill our mission and ease the way of those we serve.”