Hrachuhi “Lilit” Hakhpandyan began her undergraduate education at UCLA School of Nursing in 2008 and graduated in 2012. After graduating, she was hired at White Memorial Medical Center in the VERSANT RN Residency program in the medical/surgical department with a large oncology population.
During her residency, Hakhpandyan completed her very first quality improvement project, implementing bedside change of shift reporting and achieving 100% compliance along with a decrease in overtime. The day after her one-year mark was completed, she signed up for the chemotherapy/biotherapy course and became certified, which allowed her to work closely with the oncology population in her department.
During that time, she also volunteered to be a member of shared governance which was in its early stages of development, and joined the Unit Based Council and the Nursing Practice Council. A year later, she became chair of both the Unit Based Council and the Nursing Practice Council. In working so closely with the oncology patients, she gained an interest for palliative care and joined the Palliative Care Steering Committee and planned various events including Palliative Care Symposiums and our very first National Advanced Healthcare Decisions Day. In addition, she trained and became a preceptor.
In May of 2016, Hakhpandyan was nominated for the Nurse.com 2016 GEM Award for Clinical Excellence and was one of the regional finalists. After about 4 years of floor nursing, she returned to UCLA in the acute care adult/geriatric CNS program. Since beginning the program, she has also been a TA for the undergraduate students.
Hakhpandyan had the most rewarding time of her life during her undergraduate program here. She feels extremely fortunate to have had influential and supportive UCLA professors.