Clarissa Van Cura is an admissions discharge nurse at the Comprehensive Care Center. She was hired in 2012 to work in the Medical/Surgical department at LVMC and moved to the CCC in the fall of 2013. She earned Employee of the Quarter honors in 2017.

People would be surprised to know this about me: I ride my bike to and from work every day. It’s about 4 ½ miles each way. I started riding to work last August with the help of our Urban Arrow cargo bike as well as my Long Tail Cargo bike. It helped me drop 10 pounds and helped me with stress.

What is the most unusual job you’ve ever had?

I worked at a company, RA Fischer Co., that sold hair electrolysis machines and machines for hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. I did accounting and shipping and receiving.

If you had unlimited funds, what would you do?

I’d open a bike ship for cargo bikes of all types, such as ones like our Urban Arrow because there is a need. That would be our dream. It takes the place of a car and can haul 400 pounds. There’s no insurance or registration or gas. We save money with it.

I go grocery shopping with it every week. I can fit my two sons (ages 6 and 4) and all our groceries. My husband has hauled a fruit tree home with it. The fewer people there are driving, the happier people will be. We call it the “Pope Mobile” because our boys wave at everyone when they’re in it.

What do you wish people knew about your job?

When I began working at the CCC in 2013 I was a Care Plan nurse before I was asked to temporarily work as the Admission/ Discharge Nurse during Fall of 2015. I discovered that I had a knack for this position and decided to make it permanent. The job itself entails assessing patients or residents when they arrive. I couldn’t do it without the help of our fabulous Treatment Nurse, Deja Dominguez, who thoroughly assesses their skin and the Careplan Nurses who assist with Care Plan development.

I work closely with physicians to write orders for medications, labs and other treatments the resident may need while at the facility. I also discharge patients or help residents return into the community after their rehabilitation.

With discharge, our therapy team of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists develop the safest environment and discharge plan for each patient. Our Social Services team, Elizabeth Linneman, MSW, and Christine McReynolds, MSW, assist with establishing resources. Then I follow-up and make sure the necessary arrangements are made. Follow-up appointments are scheduled and discharge orders and any medications are written by a physician.

Additionally, I work with insurance companies such as Medi-Cal, and certain HMO’s or PPO’s as they review residents’ progress with therapy and/or treatment while assessing the need for a patient’s continued stay at our facility.