WCH CONNECTMay 20, 2019

Looking back at Nursing Week 2019

  • May 20, 2019
  • BY Jennifer Price

From May 6-12, Women’s College Hospital (WCH) celebrated its nurses during National Nursing Week. This annual celebration recognizes nurses for their hard work, professionalism and dedication to providing excellent care to their patients. The theme for this year was Nurses:  A Voice to Lead – Health for all. It spoke to the concept of “health as a human right” and focused on the need for nurses to become more active and vocal in policy development and implementation. 

WCH hosted a variety of events throughout the week to highlight the work that our nurses are doing that has an impact beyond the hospital’s walls. Nursing Grand Rounds were delivered by Dr. Nancy Walton, chair of the Research Ethics Board at WCH and director of the nursing program at Ryerson University. Her inspirational talk focused on “What does it mean to be a nurse” and she reminded attendees that the tools we have as nurses will enable us to do “just about anything”. Dr. Walton also reminded attendees to be present in the moment, work hard and be thorough, value the narrative, not to underestimate the power of kindness and empathy and the virtue of patience, reflect on our practice and our impact on others and to always go high.  

Nurses and hospital staff were also invited to attend a workshop on the new ambulatory outpatient knee replacement surgery program. Registered nurses from the surgical services team, Ada Collbran, Stephanie Johnston and Robert dela Merced, along with Candyce Marchant, administrative and patient flow supervisor, led attendees through the procedure and provided insight to the importance of nursing during the entire operative journey, starting in the pre-admission clinic through to the peri-operative period and finishing with the nursing support provided to our patient following discharge. 

On Wednesday, WCH nurses attended “A Day in the Life of WCH Nurses” session which reflected on how nurses have helped make WCH a world-leader in women’s health. Speakers included Julie Harding, RPN, Environmental Health Clinic and BCBC; Margie Kneullman, RN, Wound Program, dermatology; Stephanie Gomer, NP, Transition Program, endocrinology and Kelly Metcalfe, adjunct scientist with the Women’s College Research Institute.

The week’s activities ended with a celebratory luncheon, where WCH president and CEO, Heather McPherson, thanked the hospital’s nurses.

Thank you again to all our nurses for your professionalism and continuing dedication to being there for our patients, every step of the way.  Every day you make a difference in patient care and provide support to our patient’s in their journey. 


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