December 3, 2020

Year of the Nurse blog, Calene Roseman: ‘I decided I would be a better nurse than them’

Calene Roseman

Although her Trinidadian parents wanted her to become a lawyer (“you have to do what your parents say pretty much”), UC Davis Health’s Calene Roseman had a couple of life experiences that led to her true calling in the nursing profession. When she first came to the U.S., she was a nanny for the family of an oncologist. And she also saw first-hand the poor treatment of a friend diagnosed with HIV – and vowed to do better.

Hear Calene’s full story, in her own words.

In celebration of Florence Nightingale's 200th birthday, 2020 is the Year of the Nurse. Beginning on National Nurses Week (May 6-12) and continuing throughout the year, a special blog will feature the stories, memories and motivations of UC Davis Health nurses.

Hear their words, and get to know why and how they invest such heart, passion, expertise and commitment in their life-changing work.