May 6, 2019
Celebrate National Nursing Week: May 6th-10th
Today marks the beginning of National Nursing Week. Holland Bloorview will be recognizing and celebrating our incredible nurses, for their compassionate care and commitment in creating the healthiest and most meaningful futures for our clients and their families.
From May 6-10, Holland Bloorview is hosting many events across the hospital to celebrate and recognize the care and remarkable achievements.
Please read on below for a few profiles of nurses working at Holland Bloorview.
From left to right: Danielle, Felicia and Jenette, nurses at Holland Bloorview
Danielle - 15 years
Holland Bloorview has always used technology to enhance patient safety. When I first started nursing in 2004, all documentation was hand written. As technology advanced, so did we. We currently use a detailed electronic documentation system and soon will be launching a more sophisticated system called Meditech Expanse. Just another way Holland Bloorview has used technology to improve patient safety and demonstrate their commitment to delivering the highest degree of quality care.
Holland Bloorview has always been proactive and supportive with providing staff with opportunities for professional growth and development. For instance, in 2015, I had the opportunity to travel to Edmonton to present at the 2015 National Canadian Association of Rehabilitation Nursing Conference. Our Clinical Nursing Educators are an integral part of the nursing team and provide us with ongoing support and training. They are an invaluable nursing resource and have really helped to make my experience working at Holland Bloorview a safe and gratifying one.
Working alongside children and their families on a daily basis is what brings meaning to all that we do as nurses. Along the rehabilitation journey, there are ups and downs, successes and challenges and sometimes even a few tears, but there are always plenty of smiles and laughter. The meaning of nursing is created in those moments. The children and their families inspire me everyday and I truly enjoy celebrating all their strengths and successes. Every rehabilitation journey is as unique as the children and families that create them I am truly honored to be part of their journey. We all provide education to our clients and families, but they teach us as well. They teach us about hope. They teach us about strength, and they teach us about resilience. But most importantly, they remind us that anything is possible.
Felicia - 1 year
My name is Felicia Lau and I’ve been an RN since August 2017. Previously, I had only worked with children through my BScN placements, a swim instructor, and summer camp staff and had told myself for many years that I would never be a pediatric nurse because it wasn’t “my thing.” Fast forward to less than a year of working at Holland Bloorview and I can’t imagine my life without being a pediatric nurse.
Since May 2018, I’ve had the pleasure of being able to work on all 3 in-patient units; 5 months full-time on CCC, a few shifts on BIRT, and so far 6 months full-time on SODR. "Nursing at Holland Bloorview is incredibly strength-based, team-oriented, innovative, and heart-warming. Not only am I able to provide safe and compassionate care, but I also have fun and am able to be creative while doing my job as a RN." Being a nurse is so rewarding here and I look forward to seeing how our nursing practice changes and develop over the years as I transition from a new nurse to a more experienced one.
Jenette - 35 years
Over the last 3.5 decades, I have seen technologies advance, culture evolve, and regulations change. What has not changed is that the nursing profession is at its core still a caring profession about helping people to health and wellness.
In 1982, in most hospitals, you could tell you were a nurse by your uniform. Nurses wore white uniforms – often dresses with action back sleeves, white caps, white stockings and white shoes. I started working at our hospital at what was then called the Ontario Crippled Children’s Center or OCCC. At OCCC, the rules on nursing dress were just starting to relax. We could have colored uniforms and did not have to wear a cap.
We used glass thermometers, metal catheters, manual lifts and wind up beds. Nursing notes were written by hand, we used lots of paper. Now we use the EMR to record our notes electronically. We did a lot of manual tasks- like making our patient’s beds, stocking all the rooms with towels and supplies. We also did a lot of manual calculations.
Over the years, I have seen hospital location changes, name changes and care delivery model changes. I have seen an increase in complexity, both in the patients we care for and the system we are working in. Our care used to be based on “that’s how it has always been done”, Now we provide evidence-based care using the current research to guide our practices. We have best practice guidelines and have implemented many of them in our hospital over the years. We have a much better understanding of infectious control practices now and Infectious Control nurses to support us at the bedside.
How we relate to our families has also changed. Back in the 1980’s we made little provision for family members. Families did not stay with their children, could only come in evening visiting hours and had little input into the care their child received. We did not have family team meetings to discuss goals and progress and we focused on what did not work. I am so happy to say that over the years, this has changed. We have seen many changes to how we work with families. Family-centered care, family empowerment, collaborative partnership and health promotion/prevention. We have been working to imbed a strengths- based approach in all our processes and care. We now partner with our families and encourage them to participate in all facets of their care, in planning and execution, using their strengths to leverage their challenges.