“What I love most about my career is the diversity and scale of my job. I get the chance to support and educate intensive care unit (ICU) registered nurses (RN) at bedside, collaborate with site leadership on processes and initiatives throughout Burnaby Hospital (BH), while also working with other ICU clinical nurse educators and specialists in the critical care network on a regional level.
I began my career with Fraser Health as a medical-surgical nurse before transitioning to the ICU. After completing my Critical Care Specialty education and working in ICU a few years, I went on to complete my Master of Science (MSN) at the University of British Columbia and took on more leadership responsibilities at the unit. My ICU experience and education has now prepared me for my current role as a clinical nurse educator.
The support of my manager and colleagues and peers has been central to my wellbeing at work. I am able to have meaningful conversations and check-ins from people who value and understand the work that we do.
The ICU team at Burnaby Hospital is a tight-knit family. Not only do we band together at work to support one another, but we also support each other outside of work as well. Whether it be texts to say happy birthday, dinners out to send off departing staff, or cards for weddings and babies – our unit celebrates each other any chance we get.
If you are looking for a challenge and want to know more about critical illness, working in a dynamic environment and being part of a collaborative interdisciplinary team – come check us out! If you’re interested to see what we’re all about you can reach out the manager or CNE and request a shadow shift. It’s a great way to see how skilled our staff are and what our day-to-day is like beyond the closed doors.”