As part of Women’s History Month, Roula Braidy, manager of language and special access services, shares her thoughts on her career and what it means to be a woman working in health care.
What is your role with Akron Children’s and how long have you worked at the hospital?
My job title is Manager of Language and Special Access Services. I have been working at Akron Children’s hospital for over 9 years. I have a wonderful team of interpreters that share my passion for helping children and their families.
Do you have a favorite memory about your job?
I have many fantastic memories but one of my favorite things is being able to meet new families of different backgrounds. Even though sometimes we do not speak the same language, you would be surprised how much meeting families with a smile and treating them with respect matters to their well-being. This is a dream job that allows me to help others while making a difference in our families’ lives every single day. Even though we experience many differences amongst the families we serve, the most important thing and the common thread, is our mission and goal to help children. They only deserve love and kindness and that’s what my job allows me to do.
What does it mean to you to be a female working in health care?
Being a female in the medical industry is common in the USA. This job allows me to show empathy, sympathy, and help others to be treated with respect. I strive to be seen as an equal to others, no matter what position I hold. It is my goal each day to impact others and have them realize that they can be anything they want to be with hard work and a caring personality. I love that I can be a role model for young women who want to be successful, and more importantly, better people.
Is there a woman in history who has made a big impact in your life or inspired you?
There are 3 women that have made an impact on my life and helped to mold me into the woman I am today. My mother, Theresa, Lady Diana and Mother Teresa are all unconditional givers, and they love to help others to make a difference in their lives.
In my everyday life, I try to follow in their footsteps. I may not be able to change the entire world, but through kindness, love and a smile, I can affect one person at a time. I want to inspire the younger generation of women to help others to be better in their own lives. Being a woman can be very challenging, but the people who have made an impact on my life have made me a better person, and I am forever grateful.