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Careers in Neurodiagnostics (EEG and EMU)

Read why employees enjoy working within the Neurodiagnostics (EEG and EMU) Department at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Neurodiagnostic Technologists

Patricia Lordeon, Supervisor, Neurodiagnostics – 31 years experience

  • “I really enjoy working within this group. Our team is a group of clinicians who are self motivated, driven to learn, and who impact the lives of children every day. We are a fun, down-to-earth group who love kids and enjoy helping children.”
  • “I like the opportunity to work behind the scenes to make good things happen.”
  • “I really don’t need to ‘sell’ this job. This is simply a great opportunity for healthcare professionals to learn a trade as a student tech, or grow their career.”
  • “I admire (our Director’s) diplomacy and tact and the fact that she does not prejudge any situation. She always maintains a level head and gives us her time even though she is very busy.”

Jonell Taylor, Neurodiagnostic Technologist III – 13 years experience

  • “I really like the kids. In fact I prefer working with kids more so than the adults which I had in the past.”
  • “We are a family here. I truly like everyone that I work with.”
  • “This is a very interesting field. There are so many different seizure events and so many ways to help these kids.”
  • “I think that the WADA tests are some of the more interesting procedures that we do here.”

Donna Brehm, Neurodiagnostic Technologist (traveler) – 3 years experience at Children’s, 24 years overall

  • “I continue to work here because I love these kids.” “You also see cases here that you don’t see at any other hospitals.”
  • “Everyone is so welcoming here. It’s like a family here, more than any other place where I’ve worked.”
  • “(Our supervisor) works really well with my unique schedule and traveler employee requirements.”
  • “This group also works really well with the nurses and the doctors are very responsive to our needs.”
  • “The technology here allows doctors to respond to events and/or general health concerns of our patients even when they are at home and with urgency.”

Tracy Sheffey, Neurodiagnostic Technologist – 2 years experience

  • “I came here because I felt like there were opportunities to grow my career.”
  • “There is always something new to learn and see. This is a very different career.”
  • “One of the most interesting procedures is the mapping of the brain using grids during OR procedures.”
  • “(Our supervisor’s) door is always open. She is always open to communication.”


Student Neurodiagnostic Technologists

Amanda Caruso, student Neurodiagnostic Technologist

  • “I was very interested in learning about this career path. It was an opportunity to lean on the job and begin an new and exciting career.”
  • “I like spending time with the kids and teaching them the diagnostic process.”
  • “The environment is great and our kids are great. It’s very exciting and there are so many things to learn.”
  • “As we work with (our supervisor), she does a great job training and explaining everything to us.”
  • “This field is very interesting, such as learning how to induce events and then understanding the process of what to do.”

Kathy Carrozza, student Neurodiagnostic Technologist

  • “I wanted to work for Children’s Hospital to have the opportunity to work with children and their families.”
  • “I mostly enjoy dealing with the patients and families all day and meeting new people.”
  • “I always like learning new things, and gaining training and skills at a job where there is a huge need and being successful at it.”
  • “Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is one of the best hospitals to work for in the country.”
  • “(Our supervisors) are fabulous teachers. They adapt to the learning style of the student and give you the independence you need to learn.”
  • “Possessing the knowledge to investigate the differences in seizure presentation, the variety of cases, and the opportunity to be a part of surgeries involving the brain are all reasons why I enjoy working in this department.”


Epilepsy Center Nurses

Geraldine “Gerri” VonHofen, Supervisor Patient Services Epilepsy – 25 years experience

  • “I mostly like working with our staff; teaching and helping folks to learn. I also really enjoy the patient and family interaction every day.”
  • “We have a small, close knit group who are very supportive of each other. You have the opportunity to have more bedside exposure here.”
  • “Many have the misunderstanding that we only operate as a clinic. We offer a full array of services including not only Video EEG, but also pre- and post-epilepsy surgery care and neurology cases.”
  • “(Our Director) is very involved in our unit. She’s available and has a solid presence here. All of my staff members are comfortable reaching out to her.”
  • “We use a great deal of technology unique to our unit, including the SPECT Injectors and Video EEG.”

Deborah Capets, Professional Staff Nurse – 9 years experience

  • “We do procedures here that we don’t do anywhere else in the hospital.”
  • “Brain mapping procedures and surgical grids are just some of the interested processes that we see here.”
  • “I really enjoy the hospital and the kids. They make me want to come to work each day.”
  • “Our doctors are very passionate about our kids. Our team work is fantastic.”

Nina Dore’, BSN, Professional Staff Nurse, – 5 years experience

  • “When I moved here, I knew I wanted to continue to work with kids every day.”
  • “I really like the people I work with and our patient population.”
  • “The overall environment is great. Our team is very friendly and there are opportunities to grow.”
  • “(Our supervisor) works well with the staff. She is very approachable and I like her a lot.”

Lisa Kolodziejski, Professional Staff Nurse – 4 years experience

  • “I knew I wanted to work in pediatrics and I wanted to bring my knowledge of Autism into my field.”
  • “Teamwork is our strongest quality that sticks out to me. Everyone is there and on task in critical times.”
  • “We have a solid group here to solve problems and to make positive changes.”
  • “(Our supervisor) is a strong advocate for us and is very approachable. Her door is always open.”


Last Update
July 2, 2012
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Last Update
July 2, 2012