Terrific people, policies make Children’s so great
For weeks on end I have been hearing about the fantastic new building Children’s Hospital has. I have been hearing nothing about the fantastic people and policies its has.
In the ’60s and ’70s, I worked as an agency nurse. From the 30-bed wards at Buffalo General to the burn center at Sheehan, from the old Meyer Memorial to Carlton House at Roswell Park. At South Buffalo Mercy and OLV. I have also worked at several hospitals from Pennsylvania to California. Some were mundane and some elite.
The thing that made Children’s Hospital stand out in my eyes was their policies and people. For example, at most hospitals my orientation was mostly nothing to maybe 4 hours. At Children’s, I had to do two full weeks of orientation, which was fully paid after only three shifts. The staff treated patients and each other as family. That treatment extended to the agency nurses, which is a rarity. The people I worked with in the neonatal ICU were highly skilled and outstanding in their professionalism and love of their job.
Children’s Hospital may have a nice sparkling new building, but to me the hospital is the best of the dozens of hospitals I have ever worked in because of the policies and people.