What is your current position with Island Health and how did you get there?
I am a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, working in the Oceanside Health Centre (OHC). When the OHC opened in 2013 the team from the Parksville X-ray clinic moved up here. The transition for the ultrasound team was very comfortable and seamless and I really enjoy working here.
What would people never guess you do in your role?
Most people do not understand how physically demanding my role is. It is very hard on my body, including my neck, back and wrists. Working in Oceanside we see a lot of geriatric patients who have mobility issues. With such patients we take different approaches and have to make some minor adjustments. This was learning curve for me when I first starting working in the area in 2010. The job can also be very stressful due to emotional behaviour of patients and having to handle the situation by yourself (during the time of exam).
How has the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation impacted your position? (Equipment purchased, events, etc.)
The Foundation and its donors are working to purchase the new GE Ultrasound Machine which has better probe penetration (C1-6, +4 cm deeper), and new options for the Doppler (B-flow – more sensitive to detect subtle blood flow). We are very grateful for this equipment.
What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? I enjoy Holistic nutrition, yoga, meditation, and other forms of fitness to help me stay fit for work. Having a strong core and arms is very important in my job.
What has been your proudest moment at work?
When I see the patients and how grateful they are for the work I do. I strive to provide quality service, a comfortable atmosphere, and warm feelings. I truly enjoy the work I do and I think my patients see this. I feel that my 18 years of experience have given me confidence and this brings comfort to my patients.
Tell us about your relationship with Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation and how you show support.
With the new ultrasound machine being purchased by the donors of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation I have been communicating with the Foundation and the Board to share what the machine is capable of, and how it will benefit the community. With being a part of the Employee Spotlight I hope to bring awareness to the OHC. When my patients and coworkers see my face I hope they will pick up with spotlight and then read more about the Foundation.