A Place of Her Own: Anne Bayly-Reed’s Story
At any given moment on her shift, you can find Anne Bayly-Reed, RN, caring for a teenager with traumatic injuries, a child with diabetic ketoacidosis, or a toddler who needs some juice and crackers. Anne is a nurse at The Massry Family Children’s Emergency Center at Albany Med, the only pediatric emergency center in our region, and because of that, she holds many roles.
“Being an ER nurse means you are responsible for all aspects of life simultaneously,” Anne said.
Anne knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a nurse, following in the footsteps of her mother, who is a retired RN. Her grandmother also worked in registration at a local emergency department.
“I’ve wanted to be a nurse since I could first form thoughts,” she said. “There are Halloween pictures to prove it. One year I wore my mother’s uniform; another I was Florence Nightingale, complete with a lantern.”
At the start of her career, Anne worked several jobs as a certified nursing assistant and a nurse technician before graduating from nursing school. She’s held positions in several specialized areas, including the medical intensive care unit, the emergency department and thoracic surgery.
Anne was especially drawn to the ED because she found she excelled in fast-paced situations. While she knew early on that she belonged in the ED, she discovered a particular interest in caring for children once she came to Albany Med in 2019.
“I shadowed and interviewed, and the rest is history,” she said. “I love working with the kiddos. I have found my true home here.”
During these challenging times, Anne is reminded why she chose nursing and Albany Med every day.
“My coworkers and my daily interactions with patients and their families keep me here,” Anne said. “On every shift, I learn something new, and I can make a difference for children, parents, and colleagues. These are all things to be proud of.”
As the only stand-alone pediatric emergency center in our region, The Massry Family Children’s Emergency Center provides a safe and special environment where children and teens up to age 18 are treated by experts in pediatric emergency medicine, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Children brought to the Massry Center have ready access to the physicians and resources at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Med, the region’s only children’s hospital.
Just like Anne, you can find your home in nursing at Albany Med. With competitive wages and benefits, team spirit and many pathways to Capitalize Your Career, you can be part of something big. Visit albanymedcareers.com today!