How to be Successful with Rebecca Meyers
According to Rebecca Meyers, to be a successful Manager of Children’s Services at Lurie Children’s, you have to be able to multitask, have good communication skills, be flexible, and be a good listener. Rebecca started at Lurie Children’s in 2004 as a Child Life Specialist. In 2013, after being given additional responsibilities and new opportunities, she became the Manager of Children’s Services.
The Child Life Services team at Lurie Children’s helps to provide psychosocial support to kids to reduce the effects of anxiety-provoking environments. Utilizing developmentally focused activities, they help kids understand the illness and help families as they navigate it.
Before joining the team at Lurie Children’s, Rebecca worked at an adult hospital. A big part of her role was advocating for things that were basic to working with kids because most of the employees there preferred to work with adults. Looking for a place where children were the main focus, Rebecca left and joined the team at Children’s Memorial.
To share the secrets to success at Lurie Children’s, Rebecca sat down with us to answer a few questions. Here’s what she had to say.
Tell us about your team.
I have four groups on my team. I have a group of child life specialists and activity coordinators; both groups help to support normalization and bring the outside into the hospital. Then I have educators; they not only teach children, but help them transition back into school since they've been absent because of their medical illness. Lastly, we have creative arts therapists who focus on music and art therapy. Everyone on my team is helping to empower children, but they do it with different modalities. Our team focuses a lot on connections, supporting each other, and team building, so that adds another level of support. This is really important work that sometimes is hard or sad, so getting support from colleagues through a strong, communal foundation deepens the work that we do.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
I think one of the things people will say when they do this work is: yes, it's hard; we are with families on really hard days, but we are also so privileged to get to see the amazing connection and support that people have within their communities and their families. We get to see kids make these amazing milestones, like a last chemotherapy or the baby that was born 4 months early that is now taking their first step. Yes, we're part of some of those bad days, but we also get to rejoice in a lot of amazing things and see the resilience and strength of families, and that is by far the most rewarding part of the job.
Why are you proud to work at Lurie Children's?
I am really proud to work at Lurie Children’s; I'm proud of everything from what I do, to the things that have nothing to do with my particular part of the organization, like our breakthroughs in research. Some of the first kids that I worked with when I got out of college were babies that had spinal muscular atrophy, and I remember families needing to make that difficult decision to let them die and how painful that was for the them and the staff, but that was what had to happen eighteen years ago. Then just a couple of years later there were all of these breakthroughs that made it so that wouldn't have to be the decision that families had to make anymore, and that's only going to get better for those families. That makes me so proud and it really has nothing to do with my work.
Describe the ideal candidate.
Somebody that is flexible, a really good communicator, and has a strong background in some sort of psychosocial or child development related field.
If it’s your dream to help kids feel like kids again, apply today and join the Lurie Children’s team!