Board Member Spotlight: Shela Kaneshiro

Shela Kaneshiro, MBA, RN, BSN, NEA-BC, CPHQ
MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center

What advice would you give your younger self?

Don't sweat the small stuff.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?

Maui, HI. 

What made you want to pursue a career in nursing?
My aunt is a retired ICU nurse. Early on, she inspired me to pursue nursing. She served as the matriarch and the eternal caregiver of our immediate and extended families.

What book should every nurse read?
The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+: Winning Strategies to Make your Money Last a Lifetime; (note: nurses need to plan better for their futures).

What has been your most interesting/surprising outcome while conducting nursing research?
Nursing - truly is an art and science.

What is a fun fact many people may not know about you?
I grew up in Toronto, Canada and never liked the cold weather. It's a beautiful, safe, and inclusive country, but I'll take the Southern California climate any day.

About Shela
Shela joined MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center as the Chief Nursing Officer and V.P. of Patient Care Services in September 2016. Her Nursing background includes pediatrics, adult critical care, perioperative services, case management, quality management, risk management, and hospital administration as a CNO since 2014. She directly oversees operations related to clinical nursing care at Orange Coast - a 222-bed non-profit hospital with approximately 600 nurses. She and her team are pursuing Magnet re-designation. Shela is pleased to join MemorialCare’s team to further expand their population health and numerous other initiatives as an integrated healthcare delivery system.

Shela earned her B.S. in Nursing from UCLA and a Healthcare Executive MBA from the University of California, Irvine. Shela grew up in Toronto, Canada. She enjoys a variety of outdoor sports and sailing adventures alongside her husband.


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