Celebrating National Nursing Week 2022: SHN Nurses Who ‘Answer the Call’
Nursing Week is an opportunity to showcase the diverse skills, specialized knowledge and clinical acumen of nurses who work in varied positions across the profession. At Scarborough Health Network (SHN), one of the goals of Nursing Week is to highlight the important role nurses play in the health and wellbeing of patients, families and the public. These stories offer a glimpse into the varied skills and contributions of a few nurses who have truly risen to “Answer the Call” during the pandemic.
RN, Critical Care
Hannah had a patient during the first wave of COVID who was terminally ill. His last wish was to be legally married to his common law partner. Unfortunately, he was on isolation precautions and was not able to receive any visitors at the time. Given his condition, Dr. Howard Clasky spoke to the manager and initiated a virtual wedding ceremony for them. SHN’s spiritual care team arranged for a priest to officiate the marriage, while the common law watched outside of the room on Zoom. Hannah signed as a witness after the short ceremony. Although it was a stressful 12 hours communicating between the patient, family member, spiritual care, priest, etc. (while keeping the patient alive!), Hannah says it was the most special and satisfying moment in her nursing career.
RN, Surgery and Ambulatory Care
Judy is a Urology Resource Nurse who has always has made herself open to new projects, whether she was asked to be involved or take the lead. She is very positive and takes on new challenges eagerly and without hesitation.
RN, Acute BSO
Lisa courageously accepted a position as a new Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) RN in the hospital, just as the pandemic was unfolding. With an unmatched strength and resilience, Lisa displayed dedication in managing and learning through COVID-19 practices. By going unit-to-unit, she raises awareness of the BSO role, and her commitment to strategies that promote meaningful nurse-patient interactions. She is creative in her adaptation of tools to ensure patients in isolation are provided with equal opportunity to participate in activities. Lisa welcome the opportunity to assist our patients in transitioning to our new off-site facility and in easing their adjustment to a new area, in a larger-than-usual volume, to a newly relocated team. She was often called upon to review patients’ documentation, meet with teams and create meaningful care plans specific for the new SHN environment.
Patient Care Coordinator, Internal Medicine
Back in January, SHN was selected to provide regional therapeutic treatment to COVID-19 outpatients. The team hit the ground running and opened the clinic as soon as drug supply arrived. They have not stopped since, providing access to treatments to patients across the community, seven days week. As the lead nurse, Judith has gone above and beyond to support not only the needs of the clinic, but of the patients. The clinic has been well-received by the community, helping sick individuals to avoid serious illness and hospitalization as a result of COVID-19. Judith’s thorough, sensitive and compassionate approach has helped provide individual care options for many, including a new mother who needed support to accommodate her baby’s nursing schedule.
More about SHN nurses
As we kick off the 202nd year of National Nursing Week (May 9-15), SHN would like to acknowledge all of our dedicated and compassionate nurses who continuously provide personal and compassionate care to our most vulnerable populations.