Jared Axen, who works at Valencia Hospital in California, is truly a one-of-a-kind nurse. Jared started singing in the halls of the hospital as a way of soothing his patients. When he realized how many patients appreciated his singing and were coming out of their rooms to enjoy his singing in the hallway, he realized his voice could be a way to personalize his care with them. This touching video follows Jared as he sings to an elderly patient named Norma Laskoske. Her reaction to his beautiful voice is truly heartwarming.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Jared described his experience of singing to patients: “It’s an incredible way to be able to bond with somebody.” It’s clear by watching the video that the bonding has a major impact on Norma in a big way. Axen has worked at Valencia’s Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for over five years and his singing has made a huge impact on both patients and staff. He’s known as “The Singing Nurse,” and often takes requests from patients for their favorite songs.
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