Talk to me.
Char Elioff started her career as a medical technologist, but switched to social work when she realized she wanted to interact more with patients. Social work is her passion, and patients can tell she is sincere in her desire to help. "It can be so busy in the Emergency Department, but everything goes away when you see a patient smile." What's funny, though, is that this "people person" doesn't actually do that much talking when working with patients in our Emergency Department. She mostly listens. "You have to take the time to just listen to the patient's story to better understand them and see where they are coming from," she said. Char's approach with patients is to let them talk and look for the answers in what they say. "I never tell people what to do."