A Family Legacy: Four generations as Professional Nurses
Moylan, Graduate 1914, John Hopkins University Hospital
Angela Rivello grew up with the idea that nursing was the
best thing for her to do. When she was young, she played
with her mother’s nursing kit. Inspired by family members
and influenced by her great aunt, Angela’s path to
nursing seemed destined.
Angela’s great aunt, Mary Borgia Moylan, graduated
from Johns Hopkins University (one of the first university-based
schools for nurses) in 1914.
During World War I, the Federal government invited women
to the battle front! Nurses were needed to provide care to
injured overseas troops, so her great aunt went to Europe
and worked in the field. “My aunt was a World War I
hero and eventually received a medal of honor at the age
of 92,” says Angela.
Fredricks, Graduate 1936, Mercy Hospital School of Nursing,
As a young girl, Angela’s mother, Angela Theresa Fredricks,
was very impressed with her aunt’s courage and desire
for education. She, too, decided to go to nursing school.
She graduated from Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, MD in 1936.
Once again, the nursing workforce supply and demand equation
was challenged. It was World War II and there was a shortage
of nurses. St. Claire’s Hospital in New York asked
for volunteers. This time, Angela’s mother answered
the call! Her mother later worked as an industrial nurse
for New York City’s Roosevelt Hotel and then a large
electronic corporation focusing on smoking cessation, weight
loss and stress management.
|Angela Theresa Rivello, as a graduate in 1962 from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD (top) and as Adult Asthma RN, Diablo Service Area, Kaiser Permanente Adult Medicine (bottom)
Angela, the third generation in her family to choose nursing
graduated from her mother’s alma mater, Mercy Hospital.
In 1964 she received her diploma in nursing and in 1998 a
Bachelors of Science Degree in Health Sciences. “My
mom was my hero,” states Angela. She proudly wears
her mother’s nursing pin.
After graduation, Cornell Medical Center hired Angela without
the benefit of an interview, based on her grades and the
school she attended. “In the ‘60’s,” says
Angela, “there were many open doors for nurses.”
In her current role as Asthma Care Manager at Kaiser Permanente’s
campuses at Pleasanton, Livermore and Walnut Creek, Angela
provides support to providers caring for the asthma population.
She educates patients to help them self-manage their disease
by taking the correct medications and making needed life
style changes. “Helping patients to have a higher quality
of life is a very rewarding place to be in health care,” says
Angela says of her nursing skills: “Helping high risk
asthma patients is my small way of making the world a better
place. Providing quality care gives me energy beyond myself
and family. Nursing connects me to the broader community
and makes me want to come to work each day.”
As a baby boomer, Angela is already looking forward to the
future when she retires. But she doesn’t plan to sit
back and do nothing. She is so passionate about nursing,
she is planning to do hospice nursing care part time because
it’s an opportunity to work with patients one-on-one. “Hospice
is the last frontier of hands on care,” she says.
|Lucy Rivello, is a nurse at
Kaiser Permanente in Martinez
When Angela has a day off, she is an “ambassador” and
enjoys talking to nursing students during their clinical
rotations at Kaiser Permanente in Pleasanton. These students
attend California State University, Hayward. “They
are starting off and have no idea what the potential is.
It’s bottomless. I am excited to talk to them about
how much variety there is in the field of nursing,” she
Given the nursing shortage, the new mantra is that outgoing
nurses cannot retire until they bring in at least one new
nurse to replace them. Angela has already fulfilled that.
Her daughter, Lucy, the fourth generation, is a nurse at
Kaiser Permanente in Martinez.
Angela is very grateful for her nursing career at the many
stages of her life; it seems to be a career choice that keeps
on giving both to her and her patients.
Release Date: May 6, 2005
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