Tell us a little bit about yourself? Where are you from? Where did you go to school? How long have they lived on the island?
My name is Kaitlyn Macintosh, I was born in Vancouver and was raised in Nanaimo. I went to Forest Park elementary school and Woodlands high school, followed by attending Vancouver Island University where I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2014.
On my days off I enjoy being active outdoors keeping myself busy with activities such as kayaking, trail running, and hiking. I enjoy traveling and have visited many European countries such as Greece, Italy and France. As well as traveling for pleasure in my third year of the nursing program I participated in a 6 week intercultural field school in Ghana, West Africa. Our focus during this practicum was on 2 of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals #4 reducing childhood mortality and #5 improving maternal health. We worked in the community with public health nurses as well as in acute care settings where one of our main projects was Neonatal Resuscitation.
What is your current position with the Vancouver Island Health Authority?
I am currently an RN on the third floor, a Post-Surgical unit. As a student I completed my final practicum on this unit as well as a new graduate transition line.
When did you first know you wanted to be a Nurse?
I knew I wanted a career where I would be challenged both mentally and physically on a daily basis in the sense that no day is identical to the next. I thoroughly enjoy interacting with people and the skill based aspect of this career.
What 3 words would you use to describe the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation?
Community, Successful, Change
What has been your proudest moment at work?
Securing a line on my preferred unit where I feel I am challenged by the work which has led to both professional and personal growth. I am proud to consider myself part of the team on third floor.
Tell us how you have help support the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.
I will be participating in the Run for Life on May 24 to help support the Foundation and raise money for new equipment in the new Operating Rooms. Supporting the Foundation is important to me as an Island Health Employee and individual and hope to see more of my colleagues register for the run as well.
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