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"My journey in finding a fulfilling career as a physiotherapist took much longer than expected. When I was in school, I was certain I wanted to work as a sports orthopedic physiotherapist (specifically for dancers) in a private clinic. After graduation, I endeavoured to find this dream career. However, I quickly realized that there are many elements required for a happy work world, and I was not willing to settle for anything less than awesome. I ended up working in five different settings within my first five years of working, trying to find my sweet spot.

Eight years ago, I found Fraser Health, and that was the end of my job hopping! I love working at Fraser Health for many reasons including the people/team, the mentorship and getting to help patients and their loved ones during their most vulnerable points in their life. I also enjoy the flexibility and autonomy for an amazing work/life balance. I did not end up working as a sports physiotherapist as I expected, but I could not be happier or more fulfilled with my career at Fraser Health."

Explore our current physiotherpist opportunities.

Vivian, Physiotherapist

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we would like to recognize the incredible passion and dedication of all of our health care professionals. Meet one of the faces behind Fraser Health’s critical care nursing team.

Emily Boorman joined Fraser Health in 2009 and completed her critical care nurse speciality training in 2013. Here’s what she has to say about being a critical care nurse: “I love critical care nursing because it requires strong critical thinking skills, attention to detail and the ability to integrate a highly technological environment with compassionate patient and family-centred care. Working alongside a specialized interdisciplinary team the learning opportunities are endless.

Critical care nursing is dynamic, you have to be able to care for changing clinical scenarios and pay attention to small details throughout your shift to ensure the best possible patient outcomes. It is extremely rewarding to be able to care for patients and their families at one of the most vulnerable times of their lives.” Discover critical care nursing opportunities within Fraser Health.

Emily, ICU nurse
“First day at Surrey Memorial Hospital! Got my license!” Read a recent email to our hiring team from Gemma, a newly hired physiotherapist.

Gemma was hired after attending our recruitment presentation in Glasglow, Scotland last spring and shares her experience below: "I have just arrived from Glasgow, Scotland to join the Fraser Health family, which I am really excited about! When I attended the Glasgow Caledonian University presentation, I knew right away that I wanted to be a part of Fraser Health. Prior to this presentation and learning about these opportunities, I had never considered moving to the West of Canada as I have family elsewhere. I really felt that I would be well supported being an internationally educated physiotherapist and I wasn't wrong. I have felt so welcome since day one and I look forward to the adventure ahead and being part of a great team making a positive difference."

Explore our physiotherapist opportunities.
In the picture (L-R): Gemma and Raji Kambho, her hiring client partner.
Ron started his career in trades as a machine fitter in the UK. After immigrating to Canada, he settled in White Rock, where he secured a trades position at Peace Arch Hospital. In the 1990s, Ron’s goal came to fruition when he was hired as a Maintenance Worker III/ 4th Class Engineer. Over the years, Ron has supported Peace Arch Hospital and refined his hands-on and leadership skills through a variety of positions and supervisory roles as a maintenance worker, millwright machinist and chief engineer.

In July 2018, Ron decided to challenge himself yet again and accepted a leadership position as the Manager, Facilities Maintenance Operations. Ron is a prime example of how a career in facilities maintenance at Fraser Health can pave the path for long-term career growth. Explore our opportunities.
Ron, Manager, Facilities Maintenance Operations
“Fraser Health is truly an incredible place to work,” says Kalina an emergency nurse at Maple Ridge Hospital, as she shares her recent journey and return to Fraser Health. 

“I moved to Toronto in 2017 looking to gain experience working in the emergency department at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre – Canada’s biggest trauma centre. Being in such a large urban setting, there was never a dull moment. While assisting in many trauma cases and working with a highly efficient team to save lives, I realized how valuable teamwork in health care really is. I started missing home pretty quick. Through it all, my manager back home at Ridge Meadows Hospital was not only mentoring and supporting my learning, but also encouraging me to take the time I needed to come back armed with experience to share in the West. Toronto is exciting, but Vancouver is home. The mountains were calling and so were our people. We made the move back to B.C. this summer.”
“This September, I’ll be taking the UBC Master of Nursing-Nurse Practitioner program. Upon graduation, I hope to keep serving my communities through Fraser Health as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Fraser Health is so diverse, and I’m excited to continue evolving in my career here.”

Explore our emergency nursing opportunities.
Kalina, Emergency Nurse
Esperanza
Esperanza came to Canada over 20 years ago as a refugee. In her adolescent life, her mother worked as a housekeeper at Vancouver General Hospital, which is where her interest in nursing began. Esperanza is a vivid example of the multifaceted passions embodied by our health care professionals.  
 
“I dreamed of being a nurse”, says Esperanza, but before beginning the nursing program, she returned to Nicaragua. “While I was there, I visited several hospitals and medical clinics. To my disappointment, they were poorly equipped, badly managed, and hosted under-qualified staff. I also took note that my country men and women had little education about infection control, common signs and symptoms of various illnesses, and the like. This confirmed my genuine desire to become a nurse.” 
 
Five years ago, Esperanza enrolled in a nursing program and started working at RCH as an employed student nurse on 3 South, a general surgical unit, in 2016. Upon graduation, Esperanza got hired and since then, has enjoyed her nursing career. “Throughout the last two years, I have made incredible friendships and learned so much. My love of nursing has grown and I recently found a new love: becoming a clinical instructor. I look forward to the years ahead of me in my career.”
 
Though nursing is a huge part of Esperanza’s life, there is a lot more to it. She is also a UBC clinical instructor and a Zumba/cardio dance class instructor. Her passion for helping people is undeniable. Esperanza recently won a boxing title match at the main event for a non-profit organization that raises funds for at risk youth and women. “I have decided to join the Aprons for Gloves 2019 event to raise money for the youth and women of our community,” wrote Esperanza on her fundraising page. “In 2011, I was a co-researcher for a study to investigate the process of engaging youth who had been involved in street gangs. It was found that youth needed to feel like they were part of meaningful projects and that they required time to build relationships to feel less marginalized in the community.”
 
Congratulations Esperanza! Your passion and commitment is astounding. Join one of BC’s Top Employers and come make a difference on our team of amazing. Browse our current nursing opportunities.
Registered Nurse
Dionne
“I am of Aboriginal ancestry and an intergenerational survivor, so I’ve always had a passion for working with Aboriginal people. Most of my jobs have involved working with the Aboriginal population,” shares Dionne. “My mother went to residential school. I understand and am fully aware of the trauma and impacts that have been put upon Aboriginal people and want to be a part of the change to move forward and continue to heal.
 
I was born and raised in the Stó:lō territory, where I still reside today. My dad’s family, McGrath, comes from Rosedale, BC. God rest his soul, he passed when I was 14-year-old. I am fortunate to still have my mother in my life today, Purcell (nee Smith), originating from Samahquam Band, St’at’imc Nation, in the Interior Salish area. My descendants are of non-Native and Aboriginal ancestry.
 
I am proud to say that I am a mother/grandmother to three children and three grandsons. I carry three traditional/ancestral names: Qenis (Killer whale); Ti wa Nukw’ay7lh (Helper of the people) and Thee-al-ew-qwey (Looking after others); and I have been recognized as an Elder: one who shares the wisdom and knowledge with the people.
 
When it comes to culture and spirituality, this is where I feel like I’m playing catch up with my grandchildren, I never had the opportunity to teach my children, for I started this later in my life. My oldest grandson, who is 8-years-old, and I have been learning my language, Ucwalmicw together. This is something I hold dear to my heart.
 
In March 2019, I had the honor of joining Fraser Health as an Aboriginal peer coordinator. I work in partnership with people from various programs across Fraser Health and many other stakeholders, such as the First Nations Health AuthorityI focus on the Aboriginal population with lived experience of substance use – promoting the meaningful engagement of peers. One thing that I bring to this position is my knowledge of my culture. I drum and sing, carry out spiritual ceremonies, facilitate healing/talking circles while also holding space for teaching the history of Aboriginal people.
 
When the opportunity arises, I share my knowledge with others who have clients of Aboriginal ancestry. Aboriginal people have been impacted by past events, such as the residential school era and the Sixty’s Scoop – a time in Canadian history when Indigenous children were taken from their families and placed in foster homes or put up for adoption. I feel that having an understanding of this history can help health care and service providers work with Aboriginal people more successfully.”
 
When is comes to managing her own health, Dionne turns to the ‘medicine wheel’. The medicine wheel has a variety of definitions depending on culture, but is essentially meant to represent the alignment and connection between a person’s spiritual, physical, mental and emotional states.
 
“With how busy life gets and the many demands that are put on us as helpers, I try to implement the medicine wheel to stay in balance. In order to help others, I need to take care of myself,” she explains. “We are all given a task in this world and it is up to us to fulfill it and be a part of the change.”
 
Kuchstem (thank you) Dionne for sharing your story.
 
If you are ready to be a part of the healing change, consider joining our Aboriginal Health team. Check out our current opportunities.
Aboriginal peer coordinator
Victoria

Victoria, one of our dedicated rehabilitation assistants, says she learned the importance of movement and the profound ability bodies have to heal when rehabbed appropriately, during her first year working in acute care. “It was incredible to see clients who were previously severely ill, recover step-by-step with our help,” she said. 

“When I witness the commitment and small achievements made by our patients, I am reminded that no matter what the situation, with a little sweat and a strong supportive team by your side, anything is possible.

“I wanted a career where I could target a wide variety of patients, feel challenged, and be humbled by what I saw day-to-day. I knew I wanted to help the community I grew up in.

“The knowledge I continue to gain on a daily basis and professionals I surround myself with is continuing to shape me as a better Rehab Assistant. If you have a passion for the well-being of those around you and push to motivate them to be the best version of themselves, this is likely a fabulous career choice for you,” says Victoria.

Interested in joining one of our rehabilitation teams? Check out our opportunities for PhysiotherapistsOccupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists.

Rehabilitation Assistant, Chilliwack General Hospital
"My wife and I often joke that we are spoiling our children by raising them in the best place in the world.” 

With scenic mountain views, ocean beaches and easy access to recreational activities, you can enjoy a thriving lifestyle mere steps away from work. Dr. Barclay knew that and made his decision. “I moved to British Columbia 10 years ago to be closer to the mountains and ocean and still have access to all that a major world-class city has to offer,” recalls Dr. Barclay. “The move has been great for my mental and physical fitness and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made."

Fraser Health’s diverse communities span from major urban centres such as Burnaby, New Westminster and Surrey to the rapidly growing cities of Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack into the Valley’s picturesque towns of Maple Ridge, Mission and Hope. As Dr. Barclay says, “With 13 different emergency departments including a tertiary trauma centre, small hospitals tucked into the mountains, a dedicated pediatric emergency department, the busiest emergency department in Western Canada, there is definitely a site that would satisfy any physician.” 

Ready to make your best life decision? Explore our emergency physician opportunities.
Dr. Barclay, Emergency Physician
Janice

Janice, a former graduate of the Specialty Nursing Education (SNE) sponsorship program, became interested in the OR when she did her observation in nursing school. "After that exposure, I just knew I wanted to be in the OR." Watch why Janice chose to pursue perioperative nursing.

What do you love most about the OR specialty? Regardless of if it is the same surgery, every patient is different. Every patient comes with a different package, so their surgery at the end will be different. I wanted to see more. I wanted to learn more. 

What would you advise our candidates? Have self-awareness for the way you learn, because the program is extremely intense; have long-term commitment to continuously learn new things and to consolidate skills and knowledge (it takes about two years of full time work to feel comfortable and confident); have at least two days of observation in the OR before deciding to apply.

Perioperative Nurse, Abbotsford Regional Hospital
Len
"My inner-compass has led me to pursue a career in health care. I have always enjoyed helping and caring for others which eventually led me to pursue a teaching career in the education system. Eventually, I found this incredible opportunity to teach health professionals about Indigenous culture, values, and knowledge systems. In this important work, I find a bridging of two worlds that reflect and honor reconciliation, compassion, and inclusivity for the betterment of our entire community as a whole."
Explore opportunities within our amazing aboriginal health team.
Cultural Safety Coordinator
Len
“I am convinced the greatest gift of yoga is linking the mind to the body. In the chaos of life, I find that this is often where we are most disconnected and find imbalance. This imbalance can lead to stress, depression, and anxiety; well at least for myself. Yoga for me is like a moving meditation connecting my mind, body, and spirit so that I can think clearly and be more intentional with my energy.” 
Photo credit: First Nation Photographer
 
Len, Cultural Safety Coordinator in Ucluelet
Ade
“The first two weeks were definitely challenging, but it wasn’t difficult, because everyone was very friendly and welcoming. There were lots of inductions, getting used to the processes, going from one place to another, meeting new people and trying to remember names. In my third week, I am a little bit more settled. I’ve done the formal orientation and some online modules. My manager was very kind taking me through the steps and structured it so it was not overwhelming. Every day I learned something new. Everyone has been very supportive…it’s been really good settling in”. Work here.
Physiotherapist, Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre
Lenica

"I love working as an emergency nurse at Chilliwack General Hospital because of the positive and supportive team of coworkers who always help each other in order to do the best job that we can."

ER RN, Chilliwack General Hospital
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      “Three years ago, I got a call from our cardiac surgeon and ECMO Lead in CSICU to make the unit ready for a potential ECMO patient. Shortly after the ER called, our Cardiac Surgeon asked me to bring our open chest cart down to the ER and help them insert the ECMO cannulas. I carried our special cart there with our Perfusion team for emergent ECMO cannulation. Usually cannulation is done in the OR, but in urgent cases, we do them in our unit or in the ER, which is not desired because of not sterile environment. We managed to cannulate and start the ECMO in the ER, then we sent the patient to the OR for an embolectomy.
       The patient was a 22 year-old male football player who drove all the way here from Edmonton to visit his brother. Because of the long and nonstop drive, he developed a thrombosis in his right leg which migrated to his lungs. We were told by the ER nurses that he was standing in the balcony and was screaming: "I cannot breathe". One off-duty nurse was passing by and rushed to the building and by the time she was in the balcony, the patient collapsed! She called for help and started CPR.
       We were waiting for the patient to come from the OR for more than 8 hours, which is more than usual for this kind of surgery. We were informed by the OR team that the patient was bleeding vigorously and they were transfusing blood products in the OR. The patient was not stable to be transferred to the CSICU. After about 10 hours, we received the patient. I cannot remember a sicker patient than in my life! We had 4 RNs, a perfusionist, and two physicians at his bedside. We transfused more than 50 units of blood in just 5 hours. We were losing our hope to control the bleeding! He was lying in a pool of blood, but we couldn't even think of cleaning him! We all were battling to save his life! After 24 hours and more than 75 units of blood products transfused, we managed to control the bleeding! Now on the ECMO, his heart was weak and there were no functional lungs for oxygenation. 
     It took a week for his heart to recover after complete rest on the ECMO. Then we changed the ECMO to a lighter version, which works as the patient's lungs and heart will circulate the oxygenated blood. 
      About after two weeks, he was stable enough to turn sedation medications off to wake him up. Always after this kind of rough resuscitation the question is, how is the brain function?
      Still on the ECMO, after two days off medication, he started to move and opened his eyes to his name! The moment he opened his eyes was the biggest victory for the whole team. I called our physician. Tears in everybody's eyes and happiness! 
      He came off the ECMO and his heart and lungs were recovered. We sent him to the step down unit after a one month stay. When I saw him in that unit, I asked him to interview all the people who were involved in his care and write a book about his journey! I am not sure he did, but I wrote a short one!” Join our amazing critical care teams.
 
Dejan
"I love being a physiotherapist because it allows me to impact people’s lives in a very positive way. To be able to start moving people around, get them stronger, teach them how to walk again, empower them to go home from the hospital and back to their normal life, is an amazing thing. I also get to be surrounded by a whole staff of physio-therapists who share the same passion. I can’t imagine doing anything else.” 
Physiotherapist, ICU, Burnaby Hospital
Sylta

"I had a five year plan to move to Interior Health or Northern Health and then I found Hope - kind of rural but still close to the city. We have space here to grow and spread our wings. We call it "est" community, because it has the best and the biggest hearts."

Clinical Operations Manager, Fraser Canyon Hospital
Chiara
"This job allows me to do all the things I love: interact with patients, motivate people, teach, coach, develop programs and do research. I live in Vancouver and I drive to Surrey because of the culture here. We push each other to be better physiotherapists and provide the best care we can for our patients."
Physiotherapist, Surrey Memorial Hospital
Darryl

“Personally, I enjoy working at PAH ED because it is part of the community that I live in and I have always taken pride in that…I have the sense that I am investing back into the community that I spend a great deal of my time within", he added "and who can resist the reality of finishing a shift. Walking out the ED doors and strolling down to the beach (on a sunny or even a rainy day) – it’s beautiful… a great way to exhale and debrief after a long day at work!”

ER PCC, Peace Arch Hospital
Richmond

"I like working in Langley Memorial Hospital because of the people I worked with. Being a foreigner in this wonderful land I didn't get treated as a stranger at all. Everyone I worked with, from the managers, surgeons, anesthetists, nurses and to all auxiliary personnel, is just awesome! The mixture of surgical cases we do allows you to acquire broad areas of expertise. Also, all this surgeries we do don't usually cause so many anxieties in general when compared to operating on a Ruptured Aneurysms, which by the way we don't do in this nice community hospital. I'm happy doing what I love doing in LMH OR".

OR RN, Langley Memorial Hospital
Laura

"Each day we get to help our patients during their surgical experience. We get to scrub into the sterile field with the surgeon and assist them during the operation. Every day there is something new to learn and see. We save people’s lives and it is one of the most rewarding areas of nursing I have ever been a part of."

OR PCC, Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre
Angela
"It is rewarding to train not only new grads but employees from other Hospital Emergency Departments to Fraser Health standards and the popilation we serve."
ER CNE, Royal Columbian Hospital
Dr. Joshua Greggain's family at Jones Lake

“I am privilieged to work alongside a great group of colleagues. Few years ago we did Canucks Hospice Adventure Race together, because we enjoy each others company and we get to spend time together [while] raising funds for the new Children’s Hospice in Abbotsford. We have a great opportunity to work hard together and play hard together. At the end of the day, you feel like you have accomplished a lot personally, professionally and you get to enjoy all that Hope has to offer.”

Dr. Joshua Greggain
Folashade

“In my five years at Fraser Health, I have worked with fantastic and passionate individuals that are committed to their work. It's a particularly exciting time to be a member of the Health Informatics team and work on projects that will make a difference to patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic and years to come.  I'm fortunate to be part of an organization that provides learning opportunities and work-life balance.” 

Browse all opportunities in Technology Informatics and Analytics
 

Folashade - Portfolio Manager, Health Care Informatics & Clinical Solutions
Hilary
"Working for Fraser Health allows me to be a valued member of an interdisciplinary health care team, provide direct patient care, collaborate with colleagues to research clinical questions and to integrate this research into practice."
Hilary, Clinical Pharmacist
Kate

"I love working and living in White Rock. I am a five minute commute to work which is great as I have kids. Work is challenging but fun - our team members are very close and we always support each other and often laugh at work. The hospital is a small community hospital and very friendly, everybody knows each other. We range from ventilator dependent patients to independent cardiac patients, so the work is varied and interesting. It’s a great place to live and work." Explore our critical care nursing opportunities.

ICU RN, Peace Arch Hospital
Kei
“A lot of people ask me how I can do palliative care. Palliative care taught me how to change my frame of mind when it comes to dying. Rather than fearing it, I see it as a final stage in life where you try to make the best of the limited time you have left. As a nurse, I try to be the calm in the storm for the client. I try my best to provide the compassionate care they need to help them navigate through the end of life process.“
Home Health Nurse
Anna
“It’s close to home and I love serving the residents in the community where I live in. OR nursing has been known to be challenging, exciting and most important of all, we are caring for patients in vulnerable situations when they are under general anesthesia. I am proud of what we do to advocate for the patients. It’s also an on-going learning environment with introduction of new technological equipment used in the OR. Working in the OR for the last 35 years, I have never felt bored for one day. I love my job and I love serving the residents in the community where I live in!”
OR Nurse, Eagle Ridge Hospital
Amy
“I do appreciate Abbotsford’s lifestyle. It is fairly low key. I have a group of friends and we just hang out together. It’s close to the city, so you have an hour drive and you are in Vancouver or any other Lower Mainland city. The mountains are close by, the ocean is an hour away as well, but you can be a little bit removed and have a quieter lifestyle here, which I appreciate.”
ICU RN, Abbotsford Regional Hospital
According to Jori, ER RN “The LMH ER staff are the best to face any challenges with… working in a small department you really get to know your fellow colleagues and the term we often use to describe our environment is a "work family”.

What he likes most about the community, is that “[It] provides a perfect place to balance out life at work. There is something for everyone: the mountains and the ocean make the perfect playground to relax and rewind!”

Explore Emergency Nursing opportunities in Langley and other great communities.
Carol
Carol, an Aboriginal Health Liaison Social Worker and a member of Chawathil First Nations, shares with us her touching personal story of why she chose to work in the health care field.

“Over twenty years ago, I lost my father and my sister less than a month apart. The time they spent in hospitals seemed to last forever, and I still remember the feelings of sadness, confusion, and helplessness. Then, I ended up in hospital for three days, where three community members, that I barely knew, stopped in to visit me. Those people lightened up my heart just by sharing their encouragement with me.

Upon discharge, I happened to see an elderly First Nations woman across the hall, I stopped in to say ‘Hi’, and she told me she had been so sad and lonely. My visit brightened up her day and at that moment I realized that someone needed to be there for those patients who were feeling lost and frightened. As an Aboriginal Health Liaison, I can be that person to guide, support and help navigate patients and their families through the health care system.” Explore Aboriginal Health and Social Worker opportunities.
Aboriginal Health Liaison Social Worker
Jeremy, Anesthesiologist
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my position here for almost five years. After locuming in several Fraser Health hospitals in the Fraser Valley, I came to appreciate the high standard of care along with the pleasant demeanor of all my fellow staff and support workers. I chose to pursue a position at Surrey Memorial Hospital due to the interesting mix along with the amazing anesthesia team and nursing staff. They make every day in the operating room an absolute pleasure. The hospital enjoys many of the resources consistent with larger centres but maintains a community feel. We serve a large patient population and I am always encouraged by how appreciative and respectful they are."

"I find that working in Fraser Health allows me to maintain excellent work life balance which is important for my young family. We spend most of our time outdoors walking on the local beaches, biking west coast forest trails and skiing world renowned mountains which are all close in proximity. The passion I have for my job along with the satisfaction I gain from spending time outdoors with my family makes me feel incredibly lucky to work with Fraser Health. For those looking for a balanced and exciting life in health care I strongly recommend pursuing a position with the Fraser Health family."
Jeremy, Anesthesiologist, Surrey Memorial Hospital
Christine, Communicable Disease Nurse (PHN)
"I enjoy the collaborative approach between our Public Health Nursing team, the community, and our interdisciplinary partnerships to reach a common goal. It is also a dynamic, independent role and I love the professional growth it allows me to achieve. It is such a unique experience to be part of the epicenter of outbreak management during a pandemic.

I did the final practicum of my BSN in Public Health Nursing and I have worked in the field for four years so far. I worked in a variety of settings, for example - with children, families, schools, immunizations and case management of vaccine-preventable diseases. We get intense education in epidemiology, immunization, communicable diseases and counseling. This piqued my interest in communicable disease follow up. When an opportunity presented itself to join the team, I seized it and I have loved it ever since. 

Our team of calm and generous medical health officers at Fraser Health have provided incredible support to us throughout this time.

Case management and contact tracing are like investigative work to piece together a puzzle. Through conversations with the clients, you get a sense of where they could have acquired COVID and who they might have exposed during their infectious period. You use your nursing skills to build a rapport and relationship with clients in order to have them feel comfortable and confident enough to share sensitive information about their lives with you, so you can protect the public at large. We continually assess and monitor COVID-positive clients and their contacts during their infectious and incubation periods to ensure they are medically stable and following our isolation recommendations. We also address any concerns that arise during that period.
 
I will always remember one particular family that I was so pleased to have helped. Our collaborative conversations resulted in restricting spread of COVID-19 within their understandably worried and upset household; early identification of a need for a higher level of care; and safe hospital transfer for one of the cases, who ended up being diagnosed with a non-related co-infection. I will never forget the gratitude expressed by this lovely family. It really helped me see what an important role and effect public health has on not only people’s lives, but also the pandemic as a whole. Be mindful about your actions and interactions. They have implications not only for your, but also for other people. 

Follow the latest advice of public health officials on using your COVID sense to protect our most vulnerable populations. We are all in this together!”

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Christine Kumar, Communicable Disease Nurse
GL, OR Nurse
"As an adult learner, I believe that learning to follow comes before learning how to lead. I am very fortunate to be surrounded by brilliant mentors and to be trained at my site. Two years ago, I was an entry level OR Nurse. Understanding the structure of perioperative nursing, their indispensable role in a surgical team and the culture in the operating rooms, helped me grow professionally. Applying knowledge from my previous training and attaining that base level skills of a perioperative nurse, highly contributed to my professional development. Being an OR nurse gave me an opportunity to become a part of a team that makes a difference in a patient’s experience.

Transitioning into the role of a perioperative nurse can be overwhelming. Working in the operating room is fast paced and constantly changing. But being integral to a team is the best part. There are also a lot of opportunities for growth in this specialty area.

My greatest learning experience is how a perioperative nurse can make a huge difference in the patient’s surgical journey in just a short amount of time.  Interacting with the patient preoperatively, discussing their fears and anxiety, reassuring them that they will be taken care of and answering their questions can be intense. 

A supportive environment is a huge factor in ensuring a successful transition. My mentors from both sites provided opportunities for me to develop my clinical skills."

Interested in a career in OR nursing? View all opportunities here.
GL, OR Nurse at Surrey Memorial Hospital and Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre
Holly, RN in Long-Term Care
“I feel destined to work in long-term care because it’s a balance between leadership and nursing; less physical work, but more of a collaborative role. I am the “go to” person for many of our staff to seek for information or guidance. I collaborate with my team, working as a “bridge” between interdisciplinary teams. I directly care for acutely ill residents by starting IVs and doing nursing interventions. I also support my direct patient care team by adding a rationale-based safety net to their suggestions on intervention.

I see long-term care as a specialty area that is forever in demand and that will continue to grow. All humans age, and many reach a stage where they require some form of medical assistance or supervision. As long-term care registered nurses, we combine the reports from our health care staff, family members and our residents, with our own assessment findings to analyze what is happening to our residents. We are privileged to work at a long-term care facility where we take part in their everyday life, which allows us to monitor their baseline routine closely. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it was very difficult for our residents. Long-term care is our residents’ long-term home. The initial no-visitor policy was heart-breaking for our residents who longed for their families to visit. Our residents really missed their families and the long-term care home needed to find a way to connect our residents to their families in a safe environment. Our amazing recreation staff soon initiated window visits, where the families were able to see the residents over a closed window connected via a phone call. They also facilitated video call appointments to bring the families together virtually. 

Staff also accepted and adapted to multiple new technologies. New contactless infrared thermometers were purchased to monitor our residents routinely. The care conferences are now held as tele-conferences, and consultation with specialists were held virtually. There are more technologies to come, and to be honest, I can’t wait to get more.

As a registered nurse in long-term care, it would be wonderful to collaborate with new team members around innovative ideas, resources, experiences or just compassion for the holistic health of our residents.”

View all opportunities as an RN in long-term care.
 
Holly, RN LTC - Baillie House, Maple Ridge
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Career Tips
Career Tips

What makes a truly great workplace? We asked Mary and Ruby, members of our Talent Acquisition and Onboarding team and they shared. “At Fraser Health, it’s not hard to find people who share the same values and commitment to the quality of work we put forward. At the end of the day, our team is nothing short of a work family,” – says Mary, Client Partner.

Ruby and Mary share their time both in and outside of the workplace. They are a great support for each other no matter what comes at them each day. One in two people at Fraser Health report they have a best friend at work. After all, it is the support we all need. How did it happen for Ruby? “It didn't take long for us to pick up on our common love for shopping and good food. Nothing beats having a good laugh over coffee,”- says Ruby, Representative.

Find your best friend at work at Fraser Health.

Ruby & Mary, Talent Acquisition and Onboarding
Carol
“From my own experience, I find it inspiring to meet new people and develop connections. Not only can I do this on a daily basis in my role as a physician recruiter, but the same can apply in my personal life,” shares Carol, Physician Client Partner.  
 
“My personal passion is travel, which allows me to meet people of other cultures. Those experiences help me relate to international applicants when recruiting for Fraser Health.” This September, Carol will visit her 50th country. As an open-minded individual who values cultural inclusion, Carol is able to understand the needs of international applicants and provide them with insightful advice and says, “The key to finding a great career is to identify your greatest interest.”
Client Partner, Physician Recruitment