Employee Testimonials

Meet Dezra Seale, (Director of Nursing). We asked Dezra what makes working as a nurse at Del Amo Behavioral Health so rewarding.

What motivated you to become a Nurse?

The field of healthcare, especially Nursing, is constantly changing and evolving. My passion and commitment to providing quality care and support to an underserved community has driven me towards the nursing profession.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I enjoy the daily interactions with the different patient populations, including working with my staff. You can learn so much when you take the time to listen and understand someone else’s viewpoint, struggles, coping, successes, and how best to engage and provide support and guidance. I always believe in the glass being half full, and through adversity, there is always opportunity and value in the valley. The patient you meet on admission is not the same patient you encounter at discharge; the transformation and self-awareness is remarkable!

What do you enjoy most about working at Del Amo?

I sincerely enjoy the team approach and camaraderie with my peers. Twenty three years ago, Del Amo embraced me as a new RN, guided, mentored, challenged, and believed in me. The relationships and bonds I formed working as a Charge Nurse on the units, in leadership, and collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, has been invaluable

What advice would you give to someone considering becoming a Nurse?

The field of nursing is vast and rewarding, especially as a mental health nurse. Mental Illness is no longer a taboo topic and it is at the forefront of every discussion surrounding the safety of our patients and the community. I feel privileged to work with a group of caring and compassionate healthcare professionals.

Kimberly Morris: Social Worker on Senior Legacy Unit

What motivated you to become a Social Worker?
I wanted to become a social worker to be able to give a voice to the people who weren’t able to advocate for themselves.  I have always been drawn to the helping field and caring for others.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I love seeing the change in my patients from admission where they are in a crisis, sometimes the worst moments of their lives, to the moment they are ready for discharge and are back to their best self, feeling confident, healthy, and happy.

What do you enjoy most about working at Del Amo? 
I love my coworkers, I always feel supported, not only by the social workers, but the other disciplines and by management.  I have made some of the best friends here.

What advice would you give to someone considering becoming a Social Worker? 
Self-care is key!  We take in a lot of emotions from our patients, and we do our best to take it away from them so they can heal, but it’s so important we don’t take it home with us at the end of the day too.  It is a rewarding job, but self-care and boundaries is what will prevent compassion fatigue.