WINCHESTER — It’s Nursing Week and this year’s theme is #YESThisIsNursing, exploring the many roles that nurses play in our communities. At Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH), our Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) do much more than care for patients – they are educators, researchers and go-getters too. We are pleased to introduce three of them.
Penny Webster likes to keep things simple. In addition to being a chemotherapy nurse, she has just completed an Advanced Clinical Practice Fellowship through the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO). It focused on Health Literacy and the importance of ensuring that the material we provide to patients makes sense to them. “Our patients receive so much information and we need to simplify it and make it easier for them to read and understand,” explains Penny. “That is patient-centred care.” Penny’s goal is to create ‘health literacy heroes’ throughout WDMH so that everyone is always looking at our patient materials and making them better.
Cindy Casselman has been at Registered Practical Nurse for 38 years but she recently took on a new role – as a researcher. As part of the late career initiative, Cindy is taking time away from the bedside to examine the use of urinary catheters at WDMH. “Urinary catheters can be necessary, but they can also reduce mobility and increase lengths of stay for our patients,” explains Cindy. “We wanted to look at when and why catheters are used and ensure we are using them appropriately.” The research has resulted in some improvements at WDMH, including a new medical directive on the use of catheters and enhanced teaching for staff. “It was very satisfying to see that something simple can turn into something meaningful that will benefit our patients,” sums up Cindy.
Callie Laurin likes a challenge. So, after working for 5 years as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN), she went back to school to become a Registered Nurse (RN) – all while working full-time. Callie took advantage of the RNAO’s New Grad initiative and says the opportunity was too good to turn down. “I wanted to specialize and I knew I wanted to stay at WDMH. Everyone here was super supportive,” says Callie. “The nursing profession offers so many opportunities. You can make it what you want.”
“Penny, Cindy and Callie are just three examples of the amazing nurses who work at WDMH,” notes Lynn Hall, Senior Vice President, Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive. “They exemplify our commitment to compassionate excellence and to rural health research and education. They go above and beyond to provide the very best care for our patients.”