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Meet Nurse Arena

Kathleen Bridget Lally-Arena RN, MSN, FNP, NCSN
For the past 30+ years I have been fortunate enough to be able to practice and work at what I love to do most, nursing & dancing.   I have been here at CCUSD for 10 years as a District School Nurse.  My son has also been lucky enough to have all his primary and secondary education here at CCUSD. 
Nursing Credentials:
  • Family Nurse Practitioner with my Masters in Nursing Degree from USC in 1999. (GO TROJANS!)
  • National Board Certified School Nurse
  • Clinical professor for West Coast University where I instruct for the Bachelors in Nursing program.   My specialty areas are: Emergency Room, Trauma, Intensive Care and Flight Nursing. 
  • Nursing Director for Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps in Malibu CA. & in this position for my 9th year.
  • LA County Disaster Medical Team Volunteer –Disaster preparedness with a county wide response team.

I am the youngest of 8 children and grew up in a farming community in Kansas City, Missouri.  At 13 years of age I performed in the American Royal Rodeo doing horse stunts and tricks as well as barrel racing.  In fact my first job here in California was in a Wild West Show as a stunt rider in Burbank.
My other love is dancing & choreography, of any kind.  I have been lucky enough to make a successful career from choreography & dancing professionally in: Las Vegas, Miami, Tahoe, & extensive TV, Film and theater credits. 
Dance companies of which I was a member:
  • The Kansas City Repertory Ballet; 
  • Kansas City Modern Dance Company;
  • Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleader;  (Superbowl 1969)
  • Las Vegas Ballet, Director: Vasisli Sulich;
  • Los Angeles Rams Cheerleader; (Superbowl 1979-80)
  • Los Angeles Ballet Company (original company of 6 dancers, Director John Clifford);
  • LA Clipper Girl;
  • LA Express Cheerleader;
Original Love Boat Dancer;

In conclusion, I figure if I can’t make my students feel better, then at least I can entertain them!!!!
Kathleen Arena