"I believe in and support what we do."
I’ve been a nurse for 40 years (always in obstetrics or pediatrics), and I’ve worked here at Riley Hospital since 1993. I currently serve as the Director of Ambulatory Care, managing the outpatient clinics in the Riley Outpatient Center. We see on average 900 kids each day, and offer 24 medical service areas.
If you’re a pediatric nurse, you’re 100 percent a pediatric nurse. You would never work anywhere but in a children’s hospital if you had a choice. The rewards of this work are simple to explain: it’s the kids and their families; their journeys and their stories.
I think all of us who work at Riley have a right and a responsibility to give back. We’re blessed to be able to work here. There are people who give back in so many ways. I don’t know that the public is aware of how much the staff here is invested in Riley. During The Gift of Hope Happens Here holiday season campaign, it was inspiring to see how much our staff gets involved. Every gift helps. It doesn’t matter how much you make – by giving at any level through the Riley Children’s Foundation Employee Giving program, you’re publicly saying, “I believe in and I support what we do.”
My husband and I have a charitable trust fund. We hand-pick who will get our moneys and Riley Children’s Foundation is always on our list. I am proud to be a member of Riley Society (a group of Riley Children’s Foundation donors who make annual gifts of $1,000 or more) because I believe in the work we do. We’re a top-notch hospital, we need to support our medical staff, our pediatric research and our nurses. The funds raised through RCF are used for all of those things, including new programs and new talent.
If I’m willing to work here, I certainly should be willing to support it. It is a privilege to be able to take care of other people’s children. It’s the greatest gift they can give to us. And it’s my honor to give back in any way I can.
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