At Child Neurology Consultants of Austin, we’re all about teamwork. Our amazing physicians are only as good as the amazing team supporting them, and that begins with our nurses.
Our certified pediatric nurse practitioner Liz Cross is one of the best.
Liz has been working with our pediatric neurologists since 2011, even before Child Neurology Consultants was established. Her role has changed with the practice as it has grown over the years. Most recently, she is overseeing our CBD Resource Clinic which she was also instrumental in helping to open.
Let’s get to know Liz a bit more, in her own words…
What inspired you to go into nursing?
I have always loved helping others, and as a child my parents would find me watching the television show Rescue 911. While they didn’t agree with this decision, they were always amazed by my interest and the coolness I displayed during even some of the most intense re-enactments. Also, I was a very active child and broke a total of four major bones before the age of 18. These experiences definitely directed me toward a career in healthcare.
Why do you like working with kids? Any tricks up your sleeve for making kids feel comfortable during their appointments?
I know we have heard this phrase a lot this year, but kids are amazingly resilient. They also have the will to get better and put in the hard work to do so. It is for these reasons I picked the pediatric population to work with. Not to mention they are pretty cute and say the most amazing things.
I try to find common ground when working with children. That might mean just making faces at each other, which is sometimes secretly part of a neurological exam, or engaging them about something they either really enjoy (or really don’t enjoy). Both of these ends of the spectrum usually get them to open up with me.
What is something interesting you’d like to share about yourself?
We started raising backyard chickens during the beginning of the Covid pandemic. It has not been smooth sailing the entire time, but I never thought I would enjoy the various personalities that chickens have. We currently have seven hens, and I haven’t had to buy eggs in a LONG time.
In addition to her hen “children,” Liz is also the proud mother of a daughter and son. When not tending to her kids (or her hens), she loves spending time with family, swimming, camping, sewing, real estate, and travel.
Thank you, Liz, for all that you bring to our team!