Employee Spotlight: Joy Odom, Pediatric Nurse

At Urgent Care for Children, we’re committed to providing quality care with less waiting, which is why we only hire the best of the best in the medical field! We understand that the team members you encounter when you walk through our doors are a determining factor in the experience you and your children have with us. From medical assistants to doctors and everyone in between, every person at UC4C is here to serve patients 365 days a year.

We talked with Joy Odom, one of the nurses here at UC4C, about her job and what got her into the medical profession. Here’s what she had to say.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’ve been married to my husband Jeremy for 13 years and we have a nine-year old son named Jaedon. We’re always spending time outdoors riding UTVs, going to the lake or playing with our pets (we have three dogs and two cats). My family is my biggest support system and I wouldn’t be where I am without them. They’ve encouraged me every step of the way – in fact, my son even quizzed me on the names of every bone in the body while I was in nursing school!

What is your role at Urgent Care for Children?

I work as one of the pediatric nurses in our Birmingham clinic located on Highway 280.

How long have you been a nurse and why did you want to become one?

I’ve been a registered nurse for nearly two years now. My children experienced medical issues at birth, which motivated me to go into the health care field and make a difference. Throughout my training I discovered how much I enjoyed working with kids and decided to go into pediatric nursing. It’s been more rewarding than I could have ever imagined!

What’s a typical day at UC4C like?

No two days are the same here at Urgent Care for Children! I greet patients when they come into our clinic and help them fill out all paperwork before being admitted. My job also entails running any tests a patient may need and answering their questions before the doctor arrives.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Knowing that I’ve made a child feel better in some way or another is the best part of my job. Children come into UC4C for a number of reasons, whether it’s a case of the flu or a playground tumble, and through my role I’m able to provide them the help they need. I go home every day with a smile on my face knowing that I’ve made a difference in someone’s life.

What advice would you give someone interested in pursuing nursing?

It may sound cliché, but my biggest piece of advice is to never give up. Nursing school can be difficult at times, but the rewards are worth all the hardships. Perseverance is key to achieving your dreams and creating opportunities for yourself in the future.

Joy is one of the many people at Urgent Care for Children who strive to provide quality patient care every single day. We’re grateful for the amazing team we have and are excited for what the future holds!

If you’re interested in a potential career at UC4C, check out our open positions and reach out to us today.