Children's Hospital at Erlanger
Putting Comfort at the Forefront
Marissa Conry has worked in children’s radiology since 2018. As a pediatric radiologic technologist – especially one who works third shift – Conry has to be prepared to encounter anything and everything. “The majority of my patients come from the ER, so on a typical night, we X-ray and occasionally perform CT on these patients for a variety of reasons – whatever may bring someone to the ER in the middle of the night,” she explains. “Something we often do is a foreign body survey, which is usually performed on children who have accidentally swallowed anything from buttons and batteries to a diary key – that last one was on purpose!” Although no two shifts look alike for Conry, she enjoys the variety her position offers and strives to make her littlest patients as comfortable as possible.
Chattanooga State Community College – Chattanooga, TN
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
1. What do you love most about your profession?
My favorite part of the job is my interaction with kids and making them feel more comfortable in a hospital setting and feel less afraid of all the scary procedures. I also love to see the smiles on kids’ faces when we give them stickers after their exam is complete.
2. What influenced you to pursue your career?
My aunt is also a radiologic technologist and works in another specialty. I’ve always admired her work and the idea of working with children.
3. What is your best advice for patients?
My best advice for pediatric patients is actually for their parents. Calm parents make calm kids. We know you are scared for your child, but when you stay calm, it helps your child stay calm and the whole experience will be less traumatizing in an already stressful environment.
4. What would you consider to be your main strengths?
I am an empathetic person, and that is a useful strength for anyone in healthcare, especially in working with pediatric patients and their caregivers.
5. What’s the key to making a great first impression?
A smile and a positive attitude can go a long way when interacting with a fearful child. A pocket full of stickers can help too.