In an environment where everything we do matters, we have the opportunity to help all children reach their full potential by tapping into the full potential of all our employees, including our military veterans whose skills make us stronger, on the clinical and non-clinical side.
At Nationwide Children’s, it’s about more than just hiring our nation’s heroes to do a job. We value the leadership, integrity and unique skills our servicemen and women bring to the table each day. We are committed to giving our veterans the opportunity to grow their careers while also making a difference.
Nationwide Children’s employs veterans from every branch of military service including the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. National Guard.
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Check out these stories from some of our military veteran employees and their careers at Nationwide Children’s:
Ryan, Behavioral Health Therapist, Partial Hospitalization Program
“When my Army career was coming to an end, I set out on a search for a new identity. That is when I found therapy. The year I spent as a recipient of counseling changed my life, and my therapist suggested I look into counseling as a profession. As soon as I did, I fell in love. In everything I do, I aim to carry out and encourage the feeling of hope that therapy inspires.”
Eric, Lead Athletic Trainer, Sports Medicine
“A lot of us are athletes or former athletes who have been injured at one point. Strangely enough it wasn’t sports how I got hurt. It was after my active duty in the military, back here in college, and I was performing at a theme park – Paramount Studios Kings Island. I was actually doing stunt work and I was doing 5 shows a day, 6 days a week. I tore the meniscus in my knee and wound up in physical therapy. But because of that, I found this profession. I think one of things that I enjoy most is the teaching aspect of this job. When I can break down complicated medical procedures or concepts and the science behind it, and then have that moment when the patient and the parents truly get why we’re doing certain things in Functional Rehab, it’s a lot of fun. And we shoot to make them better than they were before they got hurt.”
Reverend David, Pastoral Care
“Many times families think I’m a doctor when I walk in and I tell them, “I’m a soul doctor.” I remember a little baby that received a heart transplant. She had the brightest blue eyes. I remember waiting every day whether the heart would come for her or not and it was looking very grim for this little girl. But I remember getting the phone call from the family: “The heart’s on the way, they’re doing the surgery tonight.” I came down and prayed with the family before surgery. The surgeon came in, kissed her on the forehead and said, “I’ll see you in about 15 minutes, I have a date with you.” She was in surgery all night. It’s been about a year now since she’s had the heart and I just got to see her a few weeks ago. I followed up with her a year after her surgery. When I walked into the room, her parents asked her to pray for me. She did and it was precious! When she finished praying I asked her the question - where does God live? Thinking she would point to the sky, she surprised us all and pointed to her own little heart.”
Angela, Medical Social Worker, Research
“When you are in the military and leadership is absent, you are expected to step up and lead, regardless of your rank. I see the same expectations here at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. It does not matter if you are a supervisor. People may look to you for direction and leadership. The Military Employee Resource Group provides me the opportunity to work along side veterans, active reservists and other supporters of our U.S. servicemen and women, who also understand the value of leadership.”
Maurice, Clinical Leader, Interventional Radiology
“The transition from the military to the civilian workforce can be a daunting task, primarily due to the unknowns, like education requirements and field of employment. This information motivates us, as members of the Military Employee Resource Group, to help reduce anxiety and create awareness around hiring for our transitioning service men and women.”
Military Veterans Employee Resource Group
Our employee resource groups (ERGs) serve as a resource to both its members and the organization. They are our subject matter experts and provide key insight to help us recruit, retain, educate and develop our diverse workforce. Learn more.
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Lt. Dan VGo is a telepresence robot at Nationwide Children's developed by our military veterans ERG, which came up with the idea as a way to perform its outreach initiative for both veterans and patients. Learn more.