Look What This Male Nurse Does To Elderly Patients In a Hospital. You’ll Be in Tears!

You hear him before you see him.

The melodic baritone drifts through the sterile corridors of Valencia’s Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

The sound surprises no one. Most have gotten used to hearing Jared Axen, a registered nurse, who uses song to connect with his patients and help soothe them.

“It’s an incredible way to be able to bond with somebody,” said Axen, 26, who has worked at Henry Mayo for almost five years.

A former child performer who earned an associate's degree in music from Valencia’s College of the Canyons and had some private classical vocal training, Axen’s talent was exposed at the hospital quite by chance.
Look What This Male Nurse Does To Elderly Patients In a Hospital. You’ll Be in Tears!
Patients who heard him as he walked the halls belting out old love songs and Broadway hits started to request he sing to them. Soon, serenading the sick became part of his daily rounds, gaining him the moniker “The Singing Nurse.”

Most of the patients who benefit from Axen’s crooning are seniors and the terminally ill. They typically request songs made popular by stars such as Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. They include the 1930s hit "I’ll be seeing you" and "Smile," but he also gets appeals for hymns.

“When patients are in pain, it gives them some distraction,” Axen said of his singing. “They may not necessarily be happy about their situation but it seems a little easier [for them[ to handle, a little easier to manage."
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