Career Profile: Registered Nurse

We talked to Holly Norgrove, 24, who’s a registered nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children, about her demanding, rewarding job.

VG: What do you do?
HN: Provide care for patients: medication administration, injections, dressing changes, intravenous insertions, phlebotomy (blood work), monitoring oxygen requirements, detailed physical assessment; emotional support for patients and family members.

VG: Where and what did you study?
HN: Ryerson University, George Brown; Collaborative Nursing Degree.

VG: What is it about your job that gets you out of bed in the morning?
HN: When a patient gives me a big smile and says ‘You’ve made me feel so much better today,’ or when a mom gives a huge sigh of relief to know that I will be the one taking care of her child during a stressful time of the illness, or when families search me out when they come back to the hospital for follow-up days just to give me a big hug and to make sure I know the progress their child has made. It makes me see that I have influenced their lives in ways I couldn’t even imagine.

VG: Best day on the job so far?
HN: Every day I send someone home healthier and happy!

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