15 Minutes of F.A.M.E. with Vanessa Garcia

Vanessa Garcia

Clinical Surgical Nurse
UC Davis Medical Center - Main Operating Room
Metro EDGE Philanthropy Co-chair
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Where do you currently work, how long have you been there, what do you do?
UC Davis Medical Center-Main Operating Room.  I’ve worked there for just under a year as a clinical surgical nurse.

Prior to that?
Garcia Consulting Group, LLC, St. James Studio Salon and Day Spa and Marcus and Millichap Commercial Real Estate Firm.

What is your educational background?
I have a B.S. in Psychology from Santa Clara University 2005 and a B.S. in Nursing from Regis University 2011.

What is the best part of your job?
I work as both a scrub nurse and a circulating nurse in the main operating room and the children’s hospital. I have to know how to do hundreds of different surgeries, so every day is different and unlike the next. My day can be stressful, but it is never boring. I also like the aspect of working with a team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses.

What do you love about living here?
I love living in Sacramento because the weather is great. You truly get four seasons without having to shovel snow or scrape ice off your windshield in the winter. I also love the big city meets small town feel. This is a city where I can truly make a difference.

What is one thing that might surprise people about you?
I sit on the board of three organizations in town. It keeps me very busy when I’m not working.

When you aren't in the office where can we find you?
I’m never in the office!  When I’m not in the operating room, you can find me playing volleyball and soccer, or out at the newest bars and restaurants in downtown/midtown with friends.