Caring for children at NYGH
A passion for paediatrics
It has been almost 25 years since I first started at North York General Hospital (NYGH) – June of 1996 was when it all started. I work as a Registered Nurse on the Child & Teen Unit of the Paediatric Department, where I provide care to children and their families from newborns, up until a patient’s 18th birthday. Working in a general paediatric ward provides me with an opportunity to use a variety of skills, as we care for patients with needs such as surgical, cardiac, orthopedics, mental health, and so on.
My journey at NYGH
I always knew as a young girl that I wanted to be a nurse, but specifically that I wanted to work with children. My first encounter with NYGH was as a Seneca College nursing student where I completed many of my placements on multiple units within the organization, including paediatrics. Shortly after graduating, I began working for a local nursing agency and had quite a few shifts at NYGH’s Paediatric unit. I instantly fell in love with the staff and culture. I knew that working with children was my passion, and this paved the way for me to pursue paediatric nursing.
Memorable moments throughout my career
There have been so many wonderful and memorable moments over the years, including the time when I obtained my nursing degree. One of the most unforgettable moments was the opening of the new Steinberg Family Paediatric Centre in November 2020. There was talk over the years that the paediatric department would undergo renovations, and it was amazing to see our new beautiful space come to fruition to improve the patient experience. This became one of the highlights of my career.
”My team is my work family…”
I can truly say that I work with an amazing group of experienced and compassionate people. My team is my “work family” and they make coming in and providing paediatric care an honour and a privilege. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a very challenging time not only for me but for every front-line health care worker – the staff shortages, long hours and the fear of the unknown is never easy. It has taught me that a strong team makes you, as an individual, even stronger.
I participate in the Staff Lottery because I want to make a difference and help support the hospital that I care about. Over the last two years, my husband and I have been working on finishing our basement as our boys are needing more of their own space and privacy. The money from this win will be put towards our renovation, and we will also be donating a portion of it to charity.
— Sandra Medeiros