May 16, 2007, 12:35 pm

Bradley Isaac: Husband, Father, Brother and Trauma Nurse Extraordinaire


See that guy in the photo?

That’s a picture of my brother-in-law, Brad.

I hesitated writing any real information because of my sister’s privacy, but now it’s all over the papers!

This photo came from Medwatch Today, the Official News and Information Site of Community Medical Centers in Fresno, California.

The ER I described yesterday? That’s at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, as described by a couple of their RNs.

I stayed with my sister in the hospital on Sunday night. You would not believe the staff at CRMC – my sister didn’t have to even think about anything before it was done, that is how efficient they were.

She grieved, we grieved and everyone there was grieving, too.

The way I figure it, my sister has about 1,500 family members right now.

And Brad had that many friends.

Who knew? He was “just” my brother-in-law…


Remember when I wrote about how my sister’s family was so gung-ho about nursing that two of her kids were going into the profession?

Brad was the husband in that post.

Remember the post about CPR on my young family member?

Brad is the one who saved his life.

When my father died seven years ago, it was Brad who broke the news to me over the phone.

And it was Brad who read the Bible at Dad’s funeral.


We missed a chance to see him last November. My daughter was running in the state cross country championships is Fresno and Brad came to see her race. He had trouble finding the spot, and when he got to the school tent, we had already gone.

And we can’t get that back.


Hanging out with Brad meant laughing. A lot. It was always cool to pick his name at Christmas because he loved trains and was so easy to buy for.

Brad loved Jesus. He was a devout Christian.

Brad loved his family.

And he loved his job.


It’s hard to write this, so for those who would like to read more, the link to MedWatch is up top and the link to the Fresno Bee story is here. They say his death is ironic.

They have no idea. Twelve years ago Brad was broadsided while driving a Honda Civic and nearly killed. He fought his way through and got back to work and his life.

And the co-workers who are surrounding my sister with support and love? They were there twelve years ago, too.


I have never, ever seen a facility mobilize to care for a patient like Community Regional Medical Center did for my sister, her kids and our family this week.

I saw, and met many,many nurses and administrators.

This is a personal thank you to all of them for being the rock-solid support for my sister.

I am so sorry I can’t remember everyone’s name.

But….Richard, the night nurse on Third Step Down you absolutely rock!

And Loretta, RN, thanks for the hug that stressful morning. That meant more than you know (even if we did keep calling each other the wrong name! : D ).


My sister has her family (us) and then she has her family!

To her “other” family: thanks for all you did/are doing.

You make me proud to say I’m a nurse.


  • Rita Schwab

    May 16, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    I’m sending you a big hug. – Rita

  • Candy

    May 16, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    Every time I turn on the grill now, I’ll think of Brad.

  • Peggy

    May 16, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    Wow, I am teared up reading this post. I am so sorry for your loss and that of your sister and her family…how tragic and sad.
    Hang in there and god bless you all.

  • rachealliang

    May 16, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    Hello Kim:

    I am real sorry…. give u lots of hugs…

  • Nurse Keebs

    May 17, 2007 at 4:45 am

    I’m a frequent reader… and saddened by your loss. My prayers go with you and your family.

  • N=1

    May 17, 2007 at 7:58 am

    Kim, this is a lovely and moving tribute to Brad. You and your family will be so glad that you wrote this. It’s a real and precious gift.

    You and your family are in my continued thoughts….

  • 24hournurse

    May 17, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    This is beautiful. I am sorry for your loss. I know its hard on you, and I cant imagine what your sister is going through. Best wishes to you all.

  • Jennifer

    May 17, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    I am sorry for your loss! He seemed like such a wonderful man. I hope that your sister’s physical injuries heal soon so that she can work on emotional healing. Prayers for your family. Jen

  • Melissa

    May 18, 2007 at 6:49 pm

    I’m so sorry.

  • George

    May 19, 2007 at 6:58 am

    My condolences. I’m so sorry.

  • Laurie

    May 19, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    I’m so sorry. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Kathy

    May 19, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    May your memories warm and keep you and stay close to your heart. Warmest condolences to your sister and her children.

  • StudentNurseJack

    May 20, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    I’m getting caught up on my blog reading and am so saddened to read what has happened to your family. Please accept my heartfelt condolences from across the web. How wonderful that in the midst of such tragedy, there are good nurses around your sister to carry on Brad’s good work in promoting healing and caring in times of need. Your family is in my thoughts tonight.

  • Mary Lu

    May 22, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    Kim, I’m late to hear the connection, but I can tell you the news even reached here in LA where the Husband/DOP and staff heard about Brad the other day at work. Everyone here was truly sad to hear about his passing and the accident. A couple of the RNs here had worked with Brad previously and couldn’t say enough good things about him. In his honor this weekend, they are starting the Sunday BBQ. All of our prayers and healing thoughts are with your families. Mary Lu

  • meena

    December 22, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    his thought are always in our memory. i only work with him for the short time, that the 2 hospital merge and he’s great guy. he is always in our thoughts in the er. my heart goes out to him and the family.

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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