Nurse Has A Precious Way Of Soothing His Patients
At Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in northern L.A. County, nurse Jared Axen is using his vocal abilities to bring a dose of bedside cheer to ailing patients. What started as casual singing up and down the hospital hallways has morphed into melodic visits to patients' rooms where Axen soothes the sick via song. In the video below, Axen tells reporters that he realized his musical ability opened a door for him to tailor care to patients in a tender way. Axen's brand of "musical treatment" grew in popularity at the hospital and landed him the nickname "The Singing Nurse."
Norma Laskoske, a former patient at Henry Mayo, is shown giving a teary-eyed reaction to one of Axen's bedside visits when the nurse sings the Frank Sinatra classic "Time After Time." A Los Angeles Times article explains that the 89-year-old Laskoske was battling pneumonia and lung cancer when the video was shot in July 2013. According to The News-Dispatch, Laskoske passed away on Aug. 31, 2013.
Axen's job, though rewarding, is one fraught with frequent loss. The L.A. Times reports that Axen works with a number of elderly and terminally ill patients. Though Axen's patients are fragile, his singing provides an uplifting reprieve from the burdens that come with sickness.
"It’s an incredible way to be able to bond with somebody,” Axen told the L.A. Times.
Axen has worked at Henry Mayo hospital in Valencia for over five years, the L.A. Times reports. As "The Singing Nurse," Axen has seen a fair amount of publicity from media sites and news agencies across the U.S. because of his compelling approach to soothe his patients. Furthermore, Axen received honorary recognition when he was awarded the seventh annual Southern California Hospital Hero Award in 2012, and then named Nurse of the Year by the television show "The Doctors" in 2013, explains Hometown Station.
In addition to working as a nurse, Axen is still pursuing music. His Facebook page touts updates from his musical career alongside everyday ruminations inspired from being a nurse. Axen's latest post calls attention to the upcoming release of his new single.
According to Axen's website, the single "I Love You More" is set to release in October.
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