What is your current position with Island Health and how did you get there?
I am one of three managers for Island Health Renal Services. My areas of responsibility are the Home Dialysis, Kidney Care and Transplant Clinics both in Victoria and Nanaimo.
I started working with Island Health Renal Services in 2000. I started as a nurse on the Renal Inpatient unit at RJH, and then as a Nurse Clinician in Home Dialysis clinic. Prior to moving to Nanaimo and taking on the manager role, I was a Project Nurse for the Renal Program.
If you could switch your job with anyone else within Island Health, what job would you want?
I know this may seem like I am evading the question but I am very happy where I am and doing what I do. I am part of a program that strives to provide excellent care and is focused on improving the quality of life for patients living with kidney disease. I am blessed to work with a group of dedicated and compassionate professionals. To be a part of this is truly rewarding!
How has the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation impacted your position? (Equipment purchased, events, etc.)
The Foundation made significant contributions with the opening of the NRGH in-center hemodialysis unit and the Home Dialysis clinic. They purchased new equipment, including new hemodialysis machines. Without a renal program at NRGH, I would not have had the opportunity to relocate to Nanaimo and be part of this growing program that serves Center and North Vancouver Island patients.
What has been your proudest moment at work?
In my role as a Project Nurse and now as a manager, I am proudest of the opening of the Home Dialysis Clinic (2012) and the newly opened Transplant clinic (April 2015). This has been a positive change for patients living with kidney disease in our region. These new clinics have reduced travel time, money and stress as patients no longer need to travel to Victoria for these services. It is very gratifying to be part of this change.
Tell us about your relationship with Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation and how you show support.
I am a registered volunteer with the Foundation. Recently I volunteered in the 12th annual “Run for Life” as a sideline “cheerleader” and I look forward to supporting many future events. I donate bi-weekly to the Foundation through the payroll deduction program as a way of giving back. Each year I purchase a “Lotto for Life” ticket… still waiting to win! Whenever coffee is “in order”, I am sure to head to Code Brew and the new location (conveniently across the street from my office) makes it very easy.