Knowing that medical procedures can be daunting for children, pediatric radiology nurse Deborah Gorham has found her niche in pediatric radiology at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), working with youngsters undergoing imaging tests requiring anesthesia.
Gorham, who expressed pride in her unit’s degree of teamwork, cited the inspiration for her career as originating from personal experience in an article on the MGH website.
“As a young child, I met the nurses who cared for my terminally ill sister,” she said in the posting. “I knew I wanted to be a nurse. I started working as a nurse’s (aide) in high school and continued while in nursing school until I got my first job as an RN.”
Gorham embarked on her nursing career in 1990 at MGH, eventually working in its Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU); then taking a position as an RN in radiology, having previously worked with radiology staff in the PICU.
As a coordinator for safe imaging exams for children, Gorham serves as liaison between referring physicians, patients and the pediatric radiology department. She said having the opportunity to communicate with patients and their families nationwide and around the world and working with fellow MGH staffers as the job’s greatest benefits.
“My favorite thing about working at MGH is the people I work with in my area,” she said in the posting. “Everyone is vested in caring for children. We are a smaller department and we get to know your child very well.”