“When I was born, I weighed only 1 pound and 11 ounces,” says Ashley Moore, a nurse at Children’s National. “Family members would say I was so small, I could fit in the palm of their hand.” Ashley was featured in a 1991 Washington Post article about the role medicine plays in saving premature babies. “I had to stay in the NICU for 2 months. Because I was at Children’s National, I survived.”
Today Ashley works at the hospital that saved her life. It’s no coincidence. She has known that she wanted to be a nurse since she was a child growing up in Maryland. She earned a nursing degree and later applied for a job at Children’s National.
“One of my favorite things about working at Children’s is meeting the patients,” she says. “I get to connect with them and learn about their whole lives. You feel like family here because everyone gets to truly know the team.”
Ashley empowers her patient families. “The parents are the key players in their child’s health care team,” she explains. “I always involve them and guide them so they know they can make a difference. And the support I get from Children’s National for continuing education really strengthens my knowledge base, so I’m always prepared.”
Her job represents a “full-circle” experience in many ways. A nurse who cared for her when Ashley was in Children’s NICU is now her boss: Chief Nursing Officer Linda Talley. Ashley still keeps that old Washington Post article as a reminder. This year, she’ll be featured again in the Post as a medical provider.
But Ashley prefers to talk about her young patients.
“I see a lot of sick babies,” she says. “They’re hurting. Sometimes they’re struggling to breathe. But they still smile when they see you. It’s a pleasant surprise every time I see them smile … and go home.”
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