Stefani, Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) | Staff Feature


Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN)

Creekside Withdrawal Management Centre
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“As health care providers, we have an opportunity to provide our patients with hope, respect, dignity, compassion, kindness and excellent health care. I am really proud of the work that we do and the lives that we impact. Working in mental health and addictions, I love that I am able to help people through some of the most challenging times of their lives – if you are passionate about it, go for it!

I had an exciting learning opportunity to enroll in the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) – Addictions Nursing Fellowship program, which I received support from Fraser Health and our leadership team. It enabled me to enhance my knowledge in addictions medicine and further develop leadership skills.

I’m surrounded by a team that is passionate about helping others. We have one nurse who collects bottles on the unit and at the end of the year, uses the funds to make sure the clients on the unit have a turkey dinner and treats on Christmas – it is truly heartwarming!

Setting time aside time for yourself and practicing self-care is very important. This has allowed me to show up as the best version of myself and effectively care for others. For my mental heath, I practice yoga, run outside with my dog, attend weightlifting classes, listen to inspiration and motivational podcasts, read, cook healthy meals and spend time with family and friends.

The community of Langley, where I live, is continuously expanding and developing with plenty of restaurants, coffee shops and small business shops to explore with family and friends. I love living in the Fraser Valley for its beautiful hikes, running trails and dog parks. I will be running a half marathon this spring and I feel fortunate to live and run in such a beautiful place!

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