Barbara Jury

KNX Hero of the Week
Thursday, April 18th
A nurse in Los Angeles won't let age keep her from helping others.

Here's the KNX Hero of the Week: 

Barbara Jury began her nursing career in 1950, after graduating from USC and the California Hospital School of Nursing.

While training in a special program in San Francisco, she had to came up with a way to distribute medicine to patients with communicable diseases more safely and efficiently.

"There were not enough syringes to go around. Keep in mind, these were glass syringes!" says Barbara. 

Barbara eventually began working at the California Hospital Medical Center, where she stayed for 46 years. After getting her master's at UCLA, Barbara created the hospital's first premature baby nursery. In fact, it was one of the first in Southern California. 

Barbara is now 90 years old. And, despite the fact that she's retired, she still volunteers with numerous medical, nursing, and social organizations, like Soroptimist International of Los Angeles.  It helps the lives of women and girls through social and economic empowerment.

"Now, I'm the oldest member with a history of the organization," says Barbara. "I am going through papers and volunteering."

Barbara tells me her life as a nurse has been very rewarding, and she wouldn't have it any other way: 

"You can get invested with a patient, and see them make a transition. It's that type of thing, I guess, that gets me," quips Barbara. 

We are proud to name Barbara Jury as the KNX Hero of the Week!

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Heather Jordan, KNX 1070 News Radio.