This is a post by Karen Bassett, an RN for over 30 years — the past 20 years at Southern Oregon Pediatrics of Medford, Oregon.
The proverb – “It takes a village to raise a child” – means that the work of raising a child cannot be done alone; rather, an entire community must participate.
As far back as I can remember, I have had a love for working with children. During my pediatric rotation in nursing school, I discovered this passion could be merged with my career. Not only could I spend hours working with children, but I could also help teach them and their parents. My patients have ranged in age from birth through the early college years.
Teaching and empowering children and families is the most rewarding career.
Living in the Rogue Valley, we are fortunate to have access to many resources that are available to children, teens, and their families. These include respite nurseries, parenting classes, after school programs, charter schools, hands on museums, centers for counseling, speech and physical therapies, and so much more.
As I spend many hours each week coordinating care for my patients and their families, I am reminded of the many dedicated people working to create healthy caring children and families. These professionals and volunteers reassure kids and families when things are a part of growing up, and also help when extra help is needed.
I feel privileged to be part of the “village” working with families and children in the Rogue Valley……. helping each child reach their full potential!