Randy Boutilier of Sheet Harbour didn’t take the most traditional path to becoming a registered nurse. Boutilier took a heavy civil construction course immediately after graduating from high school and spent about two years working in that industry. After some serious self-reflection about what he truly loves to do and wants to do with his life, Boutilier realized that what he really wants is to help other people live healthier and happier lives. He now works as a registered nurse (RN) in the emergency department at Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville. “I always liked helping people,”
The National Baby-Friendly Initiative Quality Improvement Collaborative Project was created through a grant to the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada from the Public Health Agency of Canada in an effort to increase the number of Baby-Friendly designated hospitals in Canada. Three Nova Scotia hospitals have been selected to participate in the project: Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow, Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney and South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater.
Two registered nurses (RNs) from Cape Breton are taking the final step towards becoming registered nurse first assistants (RNFAs) as part of Nova Scotia’s multi-year plan for hip and knee replacements. A small number of RNFAs currently support other surgical sub-specialties in parts of Nova Scotia, but these are the first recruited to support orthopedic surgery. The need for these roles was identified as a priority by the team at Cape Breton Regional Hospital and could expand to other sites over time.
Parking lot paving is now complete outside of the emergency department at Hants Community Hospital. As a result, the emergency department entrance and back parking lot for both the hospital and Haliburton Place have re-opened to traffic as of today. Staff and visitors can now use the freshly paved parking lots available on site, and are asked to stop parking unnecessarily in off-site areas. Staff are asked to respect that the front parking lot is prioritized for patents, visitors and the public.
A lot can change in 17 years.
In 2002, Chris Fraser was a bank teller with no medical background or training. Now, he’s a registered nurse (RN) and health services manager on the intermediate Medical/Surgical Intermediate Care Unit (MSIMCU) of the Halifax Infirmary (HI).
As a cytotechnologist with Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), Kim MacRae is part of a team of skilled health professionals doing its part to help prevent cervical cancer and find it earlier, when treatment is most effective.
As prideHealth navigator for Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), Hanqing Yang supports engagement with community members, directing individuals to resources and education sessions related to 2SLGBTQ+* health.