Finding A Breath-Taking Career at Lurie Children’s with Gloria Moffett

Smile, smile, smile, and just keep smiling–that’s what Gloria Moffett says it takes to be successful in her role as a Respiratory Therapist and team leader at Lurie Children’s.

For the last 18 years, she has been providing care for Lurie Children’s population of children with asthma, cystic fibrosis, and other issues related to respiratory care. Gloria found out about the role of a coworker at the time. So, after a little bit of research, she applied. Having never worked with children before, Gloria knew that there was no better time to start than right then.

Prior to joining the team, Gloria worked with adults. She described the experience as vibrant but says what she is doing now is so much better. The main functions of her role include assisting with breathing tubes, mechanical ventilators, and teaching parents how to assemble, troubleshoot, and reassemble the ventilators for home care. Gloria also teaches parents about the medications at home and how to use them.

With nearly two decades of experience, we asked Gloria for advice for the next generation of respiratory rulers. Here’s what she said!

Her advice to new employees

Come in every day and enjoy every moment with every patient, because every patient is different, and every patient needs some type of joy and encouragement.

 

What keeps her coming back every day

What keeps me coming back every day is the population; it's a diverse population that we have here at the hospital, there are at least twenty different languages people speak, and we help kids heal and get back to their active lives.

 

Her favorite part of the job

My favorite part of the job is just coming to work and performing. I love coming to work here because there are so many different people. Every kid is unique, they're like ornaments on a tree, they’re within reach and they always shine.

 

Key skill that all respiratory therapists should have

Be professional, perform your job, and be knowledgeable for the families. Always tell the family and the patient what you're about to do, how long it's going to take, what the side effects are, and what the benefits and repercussions are–always educate them.

What Lurie Children’s has provided her outside of a career

Oh my gosh, so many things, where can I start? Education, they have pushed and pushed every therapist and every person here to educate themselves about what different hospitals are doing as compared to ours, and they just push us to get more and more educated.

 

Are you ready to go the extra mile and help us be All, For Your One? Apply today and join our team of talented respiratory therapists at Lurie Children’s!