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RQHR celebrates National Nursing Week

12-May-2016

National Nursing Week is a great time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of all nurses.

National Nurses Week Poster

“Nursing opens doors to many career options. You can literally do anything or be anything you want with a nursing background,” said Karen Earnshaw, VP of Integrated Health Services. “I am still a Registered Nurse and would say I use my nursing knowledge every day to guide the decisions I make and the teams I lead.” Nurses are part of the health care team that we rely on to provide kind and compassionate care when we are most vulnerable.

“I was particularly drawn to public health nursing so that I could use my assessment and decision-making tools in a community practice. I really enjoyed the connections I had with women, children, families and rural communities,” said Sharon Garratt, VP of Integrated Health Services and an RN.

“While many years have passed, I still encounter people that I immunized, visited in their homes/schools or taught in prenatal classes,” she said of her time on the front line.

Supportive, collaborative health care teams are essential for high quality, safe patient care, and nurses in the Region appreciate that they have just that. “Our unit has a hardworking and supportive group of staff, many with a wealth of knowledge and experience. We are lucky to have the time to provide patients and families the care and education they need prior to transfer and discharge. This also helps keep moral high,” said Sarah Bauck,a Cardiac Care Nurse at Regina General Hospital.

In Saskatchewan, there were over 3,000 more nurses practicing in 2015 than in 2007.

“It is important for nurses and others to remember that nursing is a profession. It is about more than doing tasks or taking orders. As professionals, we need to continually apply our assessment and critical thinking skills in order to take informed actions,” Garratt explains.

Bauck said this is something people outside the profession may not know about nurses.

“We do a lot more than just nursing at the bedside and physical skills. A big part of our job is critical thinking, noticing small changes and making sure no part of a patient’s care is falling through the cracks,” she explains. “That could mean thorough assessment and reassessment, pouring through charts on night shift, or eliciting medical information from patients and families. We are with patients 24 hours a day, therefore, a very integral part of patient care and recovery.”

Earnshaw agrees. “Nursing is a great career, there is more than enough work for all team members, but without patients and families, we wouldn’t be needed, so treat everyone as you would want you or your family to be treated,” she said.