Kevin De Leon, ‘12

Kevin De Leon graduated from the UCLA School of Nursing in 2012. Shortly after receiving his baccalaureate degree, he started working full-time at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in the Liver Transplant ICU. There, he consistently worked hard to provide exceptional care and improve patient outcomes. During his time in the ICU, De Leon served in the Unit Practice Council and led quality improvement projects aimed at decreasing CLABSI rates and promoting medication administration safety. In addition, he obtained his CCRN certification after a year of working in the intensive care unit.

Outside of the acute care setting, De Leon participated in a medical mission abroad, promoting the well-being of individuals and families in underdeveloped remote villages in Kenya. He has also volunteered in programs with the Braille Institute of Los Angeles to empower people with vision loss of all ages.

De Leon has surrounded himself with opportunities that contributed to his personal and professional growth. After three years of working as a bedside critical care nurse, De Leon decided to pursue graduate study at the Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. He graduated in 2017, passed board certification, and is now working as a CRNA in Northern California at three sites. He plans on pursuing his Doctorate in Nursing Practice in the near future. De Leon is grateful to UCLA for the world-class education and training he has received, as well as to his teachers who have inspired him and impacted his life in more ways than one.