Diana Arellano

Forming connections in outpatient

As an outpatient nurse, Diana discusses how she loves seeing her patients consistently and forming long-term relationships with them.

portrait of Diana Arellano, nurse at UC Davis Health


So that was a huge kind of question for me, because I heard a lot that to be a nurse, you have to be an inpatient nurse first and then go into the clinic if you wanted to do that. But I actually have a big background in child development and child obesity. So when I was going through the different job options, I did have a job offer also with being a floor nurse in a pediatric unit and then this one with endocrinology. And endocrinology just really fit in with what my passion was and what I had done prior to this with childhood obesity and diabetes.

So I just kind of thought about it and let go of all those other voices that kept telling me to be a real nurse because this is real nursing. Doing education is real nursing. And we still do a lot of other hands-on things, like we still give injections and stuff. But I didn't feel like to be a nurse I had to be in the hospital. I love having that consistency in my patients. So that was another part of that. Once I was in outpatient. Because I wasn't really sure. I came in thinking if it's not for me, then I'll try to go inpatient. And out here, we get to see our patients multiple times and we really get to know them and they really get to know us. And inpatient, they come in for a while and then they go home, which is good for them. We want them to go home. But I also like forming that connection.