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Policy & Advocacy: Health Awareness / Nursing Leadership

National Arthritis & Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month

During the month of September, there are two national campaigns focused around bringing awareness to Arthritis and Muscular Dystrophy. NNPBC supports these awareness campaigns focused on individuals living with these diagnoses. These serious conditions can make life challenging. Nursing knows it is imperative to fund and support research for both conditions, and to ensure that those living with these illnesses receive the proper support.

Arthritis is an umbrella term for many different kinds of specific types of arthritis (e.g. Rheumatoid, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Inflammatory etc.) that affects up to six million Canadians. Research is currently conducted in Canada to find a cure and/or to reduce pain, discomfort and life-altering situations individuals face. While we wait for a cure, health care agencies partner with Arthritis Canada to provide activity and wellness support.

Muscular Dystrophy (MD) is a neuromuscular-wasting condition underpinned by a genetic disorder. MD is often thought to be diagnosed in childhood but can be diagnosable throughout the lifespan based on the onset of symptoms. Support in mobility, movement, strength, coordination and maintaining a good range in fitness is imperative.

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What do you love most about nursing?

Every day is a new challenge and you don’t know what you’re going to see on any given shift. I also love that you are truly there to help people who are in need. I also really have enjoyed working with the nursing team at the hospital where I was enrolled in a clinical setting. They wanted us to thrive and they were there to support us.
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What is your biggest wish for Nursing in BC?

I hope to see more opportunity for young nurses in specialty areas. I also would like to see if BC can start to have Certified Nurse Anaesthetists.
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Where do you see nursing in five years?

I see a lot more technology being integrated into nursing to help nurses with their patients, as well as more male nurses in the industry. I hope to see less violence towards nurses in all departments as well.
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What was your best day in nursing?

My best day in nursing so far has been in the Emergency Department where I was able to work alongside one of my preceptors. I felt I had a real chance to see what really happens in the ED. I have always wanted to be an ER nurse, and this day really solidified that goal for me.
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Because of nursing, I get to...

I get to see people that need help and I can touch their life in a very special way by helping to develop a plan. I will be forever grateful for the resources that we have in our hospitals to aid in my schooling.
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In what area do you work?

I work in the community supporting children with complex medical needs
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What do you like most about where you work?

This is an amazing job, I get to hold and snuggle babies! It is such a privilege to work with children and their parents. Watching the children get healthier and stronger every day is a wonderful privilege and I’m proud to be part of this.
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What do you love most about nursing?

I love how I can make a small difference in a family’s life, by caring for their children. My passion is with toddlers, by helping them grow, develop and get stronger. Nursing is such a diverse career, with so many amazing avenues we can explore.
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What do you do to relax on your days off?

I enjoy puttering in my garden, camping, kayaking, long walks, traveling to hot destinations and playing with my grandchildren.