Volunteer Profile: Anthony Brown

Anthony Brown

Anthony Brown is a Normandale nursing student who has been a volunteer on the inpatient units at Children’s-Minneapolis since November 2011.  He is currently on a leave of absence to care for his infant son:  as you’ll see from the pictures above, we’re sure that Anthony has all the right “kid skills!”

What is your educational background & future career objective?

“I am currently in my final year of nursing school.  My goal is to become a full-time children’s nurse.  I enjoy helping kids recover and feel better.”

What brought you to Children’s?

“I decided to volunteer in order to gain experience in the hospital setting.  I also wanted to influence and help children’s recovery.   I think that children need to have fun and play, despite the fact that they are in the hospital.”

What kinds of things do you enjoy doing when you’re not volunteering?

“I love to travel.  In fact, I have traveled to 30 countries on all populated continents (never quite made it to Antarctica).  I enjoy learning about other cultures, and experiencing different ways of life.  At home, I enjoy outdoor activities such as softball, fishing, and hiking.  My two favorite sports are baseball and football.” 

What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

“I really like helping kids have fun.  I like seeing them smile and laugh, and forget about their ailments for the time being.  I also enjoy allowing parents to have time to rest and relax while I care for their child.

P.S.  A special perk is that I get to make fun of Ingrid and Jenna…they could always use a little provoking!”

Thank you, Anthony, for your fun-loving spirit and good humor! 

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