Meet Megan Coady RN, a Nurse in Pediatric Surgery at Lurie Children’s
Nurses at Lurie Children's are committed to providing the highest standard of care based on the knowledge that children are constantly changing individuals who should be encouraged to reach their maximum potential growth and development.
Megan Coady, RN, a nurse in Pediatric Surgery at Lurie Children’s, appreciates the endless amount of learning a career in nursing provides and values the level of teamwork she experiences every day. “Every profession in the medical field provides a different perspective on patient care, and we work together to find new solutions and approaches to help each child we take care of,” she said. “At Lurie Children’s, everyone from the nurses, residents, attendings, physician assistants, occupational and physical therapists, nursing assistants, child life specialists, and so many more, have all taught me something that’s helped me become a better nurse.”
Megan cares for patients ranging from newborns to teenagers with conditions affecting the kidney, liver, and small bowel. Megan also sees transplant patients on her unit and says it’s rewarding to care for patients pre- and post-transplant and get to know them over time.
Learn more about Megan and her experience in nursing at Lurie Children’s:
Why did you pursue a career in nursing?
I chose to be a nurse because I have always loved being around people and getting to know them, and I wanted to find a way to support them through some of their most vulnerable parts of life.
Who inspires you?
My grandma has always been my inspiration when it comes to life and my nursing career. She was a nurse during the Polio pandemic, so she was my support system while I was working through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has given me advice and strength throughout my nursing career and has always been a positive influence for me.
What do you love most about your role at Lurie Children’s?
The children! I love working with every age group and seeing the differences that each age brings. Whether I’m caring for a teenager or a baby, I have learned so much about what each group needs. Every day is different from the last, and while that can be challenging, it’s also overwhelmingly rewarding.
How would you describe nursing culture at Lurie Children’s?
Lurie Children's has had a positive atmosphere since I walked through the doors on the first day of orientation. Everyone has been so welcoming by sharing their own stories and taking me under their wing. It’s a very supportive environment – you immediately feel part of a team and there is always an extra hand to help.
How does Lurie Children’s foster your professional development?
Lurie Children's does a phenomenal job at fostering professional development by providing countless resources for continuing education and encouraging nurses to join councils or committees on their floors.
What’s something you’d like more people to know about patient care at Lurie Children’s?
We do more than take care of our patients’ medical needs. It's the little moments in between the medications, assessments and therapies that leave the biggest impacts on our career.
What advice would you have for people interested in getting into the field?
The nursing profession is a challenging but rewarding career. I think it's important for new grads to understand that that first year is going to be difficult but it's worth it! If you are interested in nursing, explore your options because there are so many paths you can take in this profession, and you’ll make a difference no matter where you go.
What's some of the best advice you've received from a nurse mentor/leader?
To never be afraid to ask a question. Every day is different, and you are constantly learning something new.
Are you currently an RN looking to make a change? Lurie Children’s Nurse Fellowship Program is designed for candidates with no pediatric experience and/or less than two years of pediatric experience. This opportunity provides participants with a comprehensive pediatric foundation to master the competencies that are needed to safely care for child and adolescent patients. Learn more about our fellowship program.
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