Our members are what make our organization so strong. That's why we'll be highlighting our superstar members and learning more about what makes them passionate about orthopaedic nursing. Meet our first NAON member highlight, Kyala Pascual, BSN, RN, ONC!
Why are you a NAON member?
I wanted to be part of something bigger! I was tired of doing things just because that’s the way we have always done it. NAON’s focus on education and research is pivotal to improving our patient’s outcomes and I feel the passion felt by its members at every yearly Congress I attend.
What is your favorite NAON benefit or resource?
My favorite thing about NAON is the networking. With the new position of coordinator/navigator appearing in orthopedics, there is usually only one per hospital. Being a sole coordinator, how do you make things better? What can we do differently? With NAON, there are nurses in the same position looking for answers to the same questions. I am able to exchange ideas with other coordinators and navigators, discover how they overcame their challenges, and apply them to my own practice and organization.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a virologist when I grew up. I wanted to help treat or even cure long-term diseases, but my path lead me to nursing. Since I graduated nursing school and found that I have a passion and love for orthopedic nursing, I say that nursing chose me. My path lead me to nursing and doing what I love for the rest of my life!
Why did you decide to become an orthopaedic nurse?
Truthfully, it was a delightful coincidence. I started on an orthopaedic unit as a nurse’s aide and fell in love with improving the quality of my patient’s lives.
What are your professional goals for the next five years?
Within the next five years I plan on obtaining a few more certifications, graduating my Master’s program, starting my journey towards a doctorate’s degree, and lastly, fulfilling my dream of working for Joint Commission.
Renew your commitment to orthopaedic excellence by renewing your NAON membership today. Stay at the forefront of industry trends, best care practices, and emerging technologies through NAON educational and networking opportunities, both at Congress and throughout the year.