Our Journeys

A PH Nurse Story

Glenna Traiger, RN, MSN

University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.


Glenna Traiger, RN, MSN1. How did you begin working in the field of PH?

I was the Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist at USC University Hospital in Los Angeles when Dr. Shelley Shapiro came to USC to start the PH program there. I was looking for new challenges, and she needed help with that program, so we found each other. We built a strong program there and then moved across town to the Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and UCLA. I have now been working with PH patients for 12 years.

2. What is your area of expertise?

I work with both a cardiologist and pulmonologist so we see a variety of adults with PH. We also have an active research program. My role in the research program is to teach patients and family members about research and explain any PH studies they may be candidates for. I work closely with our research coordinators at the VA and at UCLA. I am also a study coordinator for the REVEAL Registry (Registry to Evaluate Early and Long Term PAH Disease Management) and have collaborated on some investigator-sponsored studies in PH.

3. How long have you been active with PHA, and what PHA programs or activities have you been involved with?

My involvement with PHA spans at least the last 10 years. I have served as a member of the PHPN Membership Committee for the past few years, prior to taking on this role as Chair. Over the years, I have attended and spoken at PHPN Symposia and participated in Advocacy Days on Capitol Hill. I have served as a speaker for PHA on the Road forums, PHA's International PH Conference, and webinars for newly diagnosed PH patients. I have also helped to revise the drug chapter in Pulmonary Hypertension: A Patient's Survival Guide and served on the editorial board for the medical journal Advances in Pulmonary Hypertension. Additionally, I have been a support group leader for more than 11 years with the USC PH Support Group and then West LA PH Support Group.


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