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Nurses’ Notes Newsletter of the Yukon Registered Nurses Association September 2010 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Peggy Heynen, RN The word "mentorship" seems to be mentees that, for the most part, they the buzz word or catch-phrase being don't feel as overwhelmed or "thrown MENTORSHIP used by organizations these days but, to the wolves" as they may have in FOCUS ISSUE in reality, it's something that has al- the past without having the specifi- ways been around---maybe just not so cally assigned mentor to help them formally titled. through. INSIDE: Message from the The dictionary describes mentor as I don't fool myself into thinking the Executive Director "a wise and trusted counselor or program is perfect but it's definitely a Call for Nominations: teacher." Another quote I read and giant step in the right direction. Honourary Membership liked was "someone whose hindsight can become your Mentorship Articles: with foresight." Haven't we all I'm often pleasantly surprised at Views from Mentors known someone special we how much I end up learning by and Mentees can look back on and say was a mentor to us. Hopefully! being a mentor . . . Global Health: Preparing for an Overseas Nursing Project Whether in our professional lives or I have been blessed to have had our personal lives, most of us have Meet Two New Board many intelligent, supportive and spe- Members had at least one amazing person that cial mentors, as well as mentees, has helped guide us and shape us into throughout my nursing career. I'm Exploring Our Code of the people we are today. often pleasantly surprised at how Ethics series much I end up learning by being a Changes to the Child & Thankfully government and employ- mentor and I encourage all of you to Family Services Act ers are taking notice of how important embrace any and all opportunities you mentorship is. The government sup- have to take on that honour. Canadian Respiratory ported mentorship program that I Health Professionals: A took, as did many of you, has been And keep in mind, "Leaders are more Growing Interdisciplinary Society enlightening and inspirational. powerful role models when they learn than when they teach". New Look to the To feel supported in my workplace YRNA Website and to be able in return to support the Peggy Heynen FOR CONSULTATION up and coming new RNs has been President National Professional wonderful. We hear back from our Regulatory Standards Consultation (insert) Coffee Thursday, September 30 . . . and more 7:00 at YRNA office Talk See details inside. YRNA Honourary Membership Honourary Membership is the highest honour which can be conferred on an individual by the Yukon Registered Nurses Association. This honour recognizes outstanding Coffee contribution to the advancement of the nursing profession at the territorial, national and/or international level. Honourary Membership may be granted to individuals who Talk have rendered distinguished service or valuable assis- The YRNA Board tance to the nursing profession through any of the follow- invites all ing means: members to a promoting a positive image of the nursing profession social evening on demonstrated ability to influence nursing practice by leading, supporting and mentoring nurses sharing expertise with the nursing profession Thursday, September 30th contributing to the Yukon Registered Nurses Associa- 7:00 at the YRNA office tion This Coffee Talk will provide an Other YRNA Honourary members include Eileen Heinen, Ida Duriez, Kay Campbell, Linda Pringle, Kathryn Se- opportunity for YRNA members cord, Dorothy Sorensen, Lorraine Hoyt and Irene to discuss issues Sova. related to the government’s CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Task Force on Acutely Intoxicated Have you worked with a colleague who has served as a mentor; a nursing leader; an expert in her practice? Persons at Risk. Nominations for Honourary Membership are accepted by Refreshments will be served. the YRNA Board prior to December 31st each year. The Board reviews the nominations early in the new year and, Bring a colleague! if granted, new Honourary Members are recognized at the Please be scent free. association’s Annual General Meeting in the spring. ... to all the YRNA members who participated in the planning and execution of National Nursing Week activities. A number of events took place in various work settings and there was good media coverage on issues related to nursing, including a panel discussion on CBC radio and a newspaper feature on changes in nursing and health care in the Yukon. Your enthusiasm and commitment are appreciated by the YRNA Board and your YRNA colleagues. If you would like to receive e-mail notification of YRNA events (Coffee Talks, etc.) please let YRNA know: email@example.com. The YRNA newsletter is published four times a year. Publica- YRNA BOARD MEMBERS All New! tion dates are February 28th, May 31st, August 31st and No- vember 30th. Deadline for submissions is the 1st day of the month of publication. President Secretary Treasurer Peggy Heynen Antonia Manolis Donna Rowland www.yrna.ca Articles and letters are welcome and should be addressed to the Editor. Inclusion of items in the newsletter does not imply Members-at-Large: Diane Kirchgatter endorsement or approval by the YRNA. Susanne Nageli Yukon Registered Nurses Association Check us out! 204—4133—4th Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 1H8 Phone: 867-667-4062 Fax: 867-668-5123 Barbara Pollock Public Representative: Sylvia Riessner E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.yrna.ca Page 2 YRNA Nurses’ Notes September 2010 FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Patricia McGarr, RN The idea that we are all influenced Bennis also writes “I know of no leader in by our experiences and relationships in our any era who hasn’t had at least one men- formative years is not a new one which has tor: teachers who found things in them I know of no been devised by modern childhood devel- they didn’t know were there, parents or leader in any era opment experts or psychologists. As early older siblings, senior associates who who as 380 B.C., Plato was writing chronicles showed them the way to be, or in some which illuminated his belief in the impor- cases, not to be or demanded more from hasn’t had at tance about what society should expose its them than they knew they had to least one children to in order that they grow into give” (2003, p. 83). As a student and young meaningful members and contributors. In professional, and throughout my career, I mentor: the 18th century, the classic philosophers have been very fortunate to find a number teachers who Rousseau and Wollstonecraft have written of encouraging and authentic mentors who found things in with great certainty of their belief about have assisted me in the clarification of my the important role early influences play on values and modeled how to act in accor- them they didn’t the development of the individual. Most of dance with them. know were us only have to look at our own pasts and I remember these important men- there, parents or experiences to see that this is true. tors in my life with great gratitude and af- older siblings, I come from a family where the fection. These people were usually crea- women were strong characters and posi- tive, curious about the world around them senior tive role models, whether they were stay- and not afraid to try new things and they associates who at-home mothers or, like my own mother, inspired me to look at things differently. showed them a professional woman who had done the They were often people, some in formal unlikely thing for a Catholic girl from a leadership roles, others not, who touched the way to be, humble background in the 1930’s and stud- those around them with their intelligence or in some ied math and science at university. I had a and humanity, constructively guiding and cases, not to be father who taught me (through his actions) encouraging and bringing out the best in about integrity, justice and leading a mean- others and often inspiring them to go fur- or demanded ingful life. It was an environment where it ther than they thought possible. more from was expected that my siblings and I would Good mentors are leaders who can them than they choose careers where we would be of ser- influence people and the ways of the world vice and make a contribution to society. I knew they had was undeniably shaped by this upbringing at all sorts of levels, sometimes in dramatic and obvious ways; sometimes in more to give. and the culture I was surrounded by. As gradual and cumulative ways. The legacy Bennis Bennis has said, “By the time we reach pu- that they leave for us is priceless. berty, the world has reached us and shaped us to a greater extent than we real- ________ ize.” (2003, p. 47). References Bennis, W. (2003). On becoming a leader. New York: In discussing how the ingredients Perseus Groups Books. of leadership are learned by experience, September 2010 YRNA Nurses’ Notes Page 3 Mentorship: Lighting the Way Submitted by Susanne Nageli, RN A mentor is We have chosen „mentorship‟ as the seasoned nurses who mirror excellence on someone theme of this newsletter. So what IS men- a daily basis. As overworked as my col- torship? After typing the term into leagues are, I have experienced them to be who allows „Google‟ I was presented with a veritable caring, nurturing and supportive. I am you to see the feast of definitions, examples, applica- overwhelmingly grateful to each and hope inside tions and quotes. I contemplated what every one of them. As I develop in my mentorship means to me and has meant capacity as a nurse I intend to mirror to yourself. for me. I have little doubt that no two others what I myself have received. “Few Oprah Winfrey definitions are identical, rather, they are things in the world are more powerful likely to be as unique as the individuals than a positive push. A smile. A word of asked to define mentorship. optimism and hope. A “you can do it” when things are tough.” (Richard M. De. Vos) May we each make a conscious effort to Mentorship is like farming, I recognize our mentors and mirror to found myself thinking today others what we have been shown along as I went about my business of When a good our particular path(s) of life. caring for my patients. All living things respond to nur- leader awak- turing, be they plant, animal or ens the depth I have had special people throughout human. As we go about our lives we my life who were mentors, who held the cross paths with one another, we sow, we of presence in light for me when I stumbled, who nur- tend, we nurture. We welcome life, we another and tured, encouraged, supported and gave me face illness and/or adversity, we celebrate, encounters that push to step out of my comfort zone we grieve, we say good-bye. We learn to when I most needed it. When I left my step back when it is necessary to do so, the sacredness former life as a dairy farmer at the age of when we recognize the innate wisdom of and inner 42 to become a university student, it was each being and are struck with the know- the mentors who appeared that gave me ing that each is free to make his or her world of the the strength to leave the familiar and ven- choice(s) along the road he or she is trav- other, leader- ture into the unknown. “The greatest eling. good you can do for another is not just to ship may be share your riches but to reveal to him his I am grateful to the many wonderful transforming mentors in my life, past and present. May own.” (Benjamin Disraeli) we each make a conscious effort to recog- and healing . On entering the nursing profession as nize our mentors and mirror to others Bennis a new grad at the age of 47, I was hesi- what we have been shown along our par- tant, lacked self-confidence, knew there ticular path(s) of life. was so much I didn‟t know, and hoped I was worthy of working toward earning the title of registered nurse. I feel enor- mously blessed to be surrounded with Page 4 YRNA Nurses’ Notes September 2010 Mentorship: Reward & Legacy Submitted by Pat Lincoln, RN My nursing career has Another enjoyable as- been working alone and Life consists of spanned 44 years as of pect of mentoring is learn- have students, it is some- June 2010. During that ing about each new nurse, times hectic to make it a influencers time there have been many how they learn, their area of learning experience for the changes, some for the good interest, their talents, and students. Even these ex- who daily find and some which have been their goals. In working periences are valuable to us vulnerable less successful. closely with other nurses a mentor can reflect back to students as it gives them a realistic snapshot of the to their One characteristic of the the mentee their individual work we do and how we set nursing profession is our strengths. It is this priorities. The mentees impressions ability to teach. Mentoring "tailoring" or individual work who have presented the biggest challenges and, therefore, The manner in which we interact with have taught me the most about myself and have helped mentees can influence their lifetime career. my beliefs. mould us into is one of the most reward- that can open the nurse's It is realistic to acknowl- the persons ing parts of nursing. I enjoy mentoring because it helps eyes to previously untapped strengths. It is this suppor- edge that some mentee/ mentor relationships will be we are. me to keep current in best tive teaching role that is less successful than others. practice, in application of most satisfying. Many In some cases people come Maxwell new technology, and sup- “seasoned” nurses continue with a set of beliefs about ports the critical thinking to receive letters, consults, themselves and where they process. Each mentee phone calls and contacts fit in the culture or work- brings a whole new set of with their previous mentees. place which may not be questions, learning styles, realistic. It has helped in and challenges. Mentoring has helped these situations to discuss me see my “style” of teach- learning needs and objec- I believe mentorship is ing through the mentees’ tives at the beginning of the one of the key functions in eyes. It has helped me see relationship and continue to the nursing profession. my weaknesses, my review this as the experi- During my nursing career it strengths and my passion ence progresses. has been called many for nursing. things: orientation, educa- I believe tion, training, on-the-job mentoring I believe mentoring has made Do not wait training. Whatever the has made me a better nurse . . . name, it is a vital part of me a better for leaders; supporting and educating nurse by colleagues in our profes- constantly reviewing my do it alone, sion, but mentoring is more practice through updating, At the end of my nursing person to than education. It provides the opportunity to help the reading, researching and discussion. Each mentee career, I believe mentoring offers me the opportunity to person. mentee learn about the or student brings their own share examples of princi- "climate" of a new work- life experiences and nursing ples I have learned. Some place or profession. The experiences to contribute to of my most memorable Mother Teresa manner in which we interact the pool of knowledge. teachers were experienced with mentees can influence nurses who listened. I hope their lifetime career. Some Not all aspects of men- I will be remembered as would call this role model- toring have been positive, one of those nurses. ing, whatever it is called, some have been painful. It this can set the standards is tiring with all the ques- for the workplace and ca- tions, discussion and dem- reer. onstration. When I have September 2010 YRNA Nurses’ Notes Page 5 Mentorship at Whitehorse General Hospital Submitted by Joanne Pare, RN, CNE Mentorship is seen a means to attract, develop, opment support and retain nurses needed to provide qual- Increases self-esteem, job satisfaction ity health care. Mentors provide life-long lessons Enhances productivity, management and The master to new graduates and inexperienced nurses to leadership skills ensure the quality of knowledge within the nursing Builds a sense of professionalism doesn’t talk, profession will remain strong for years. Acts as a recruitment and retention strat- Whitehorse General Hospital has identified as egy he acts. When one of its strategic plan goals to Build a Stable and Socializes new employees into the profes- sion his work is Skilled Workforce, offering a supportive working environment and in doing so has supported a men- Provides time to become familiar with done, the torship program for the past 2 years. In 2009, 6 policies and practices new graduates participated in a 3 month mentor- Allows comfortable supportive environ- people say, ship program on the medical and surgical units at ment as patient responsibilities increase Whitehorse General Hospital. Each new graduate Allows development and refinement of ‘Amazing, we was “buddied” with an experienced nurse who mentored them during a 6 week rotation on the competencies needed for safe, ethical, effective practice did it, all by medical unit and a 6 week rotation on the surgical The rewards of mentorship are immense. By ourselves’ unit. All six of the mentees have remained at sharing knowledge mentors help improve job satis- Tao Te Ching WGH as very enthusiastic, confident, valuable em- faction, enhance orientation time and have a direct ployees. This summer, 4 more new graduates impact on how well a nurse will perform on the have joined the WGH staff for a 3 month long job. Nurses who participate in mentorship pro- mentorship program. All the new grads are from grams have demonstrated skills in providing better the Yukon so this program gives them a wonderful patient care while increasing their own knowledge opportunity to return to their home community as and professional growth. Mentorship participation they develop and strengthen their nursing knowl- edge and skills. provides opportunity for life-long learning and A teacher is develops the best nurses for today and tomorrow. So what is a mentorship program? Mentorship WGH is pleased to welcome new nursing grads as one who is defined as “A voluntary mutually beneficial and long-term relationship where an experienced and well as other new employees to the mentorship program and offer them a supportive, positive makes himself knowledgeable leader (mentor) supports the maturation of a less-experienced nurse with lead- learning opportunity as they transition into their progressively new position. The program provides opportunity ership potential (mentee).” (Canadian Nurses Associa- tion, 1995) to build knowledge around resources and key peo- unnecessary. ple to know within the organization. T. Carruthers “A mentor is someone who guides another I would personally like to thank all the nurses individual in the development and examination of who mentor at Whitehorse General Hospital. their own ideas, learning and personal and profes- Your work is extremely valuable as you provide sional development…an advisor, coach, coun- that positive first work experience that will build selor” (BC Academic Health Council, 2002) confidence, competence and a lead to a rewarding Nurses at WGH have preceptored students career for the novice nurses. Your time and dedi- for many years. Preceptoring is a formal, one-to- cation in sharing your knowledge and experience Successful one relationship of short-term duration, struc- to enable and empower new members of our tured and pre-defined by the nursing school and it health care team is very much appreciated. people turn usually concludes with a formal assessment and evaluation. Mentoring is more informal and in- This quote from Benjamin Disraeli is found in the WGH Handbook for Mentors and Mentees everyone who volves guiding and advising rather than supervising. Mentorship provides opportunities for inexperi- and really captures the intent of mentorship: can help them enced nurses to develop strong relationships with senior nurses and promotes self-directed growth “The greatest good you can do for another is not just into sometime share your riches, but to reveal to them, their own.” and learning for both the mentor and mentee. mentors! Mentorship benefits everyone! Mentoring provides many benefits: John Crosby Bridges the gap between theory and nurs- ing practice Enhances critical thinking and career devel- Page 6 YRNA Nurses’ Notes September 2010 Mentorship: A Student’s Perspective Submitted by Tyler Kuhk, RN Learning is finding out The Canadian Nurses Associa- tion (CNA), to me, in my first offer opinions from the nursing student perspective. Not only eral knowledge of what is now my national professional asso- what we al- year of nursing school, was something that I was often told were these discussions atten- tively listened too, but they ciation. Informally, with many of the Board members I was ready know. about in class, or read about in a nursing textbook. While were also extremely well- received – something I was not fortunate to discuss my nursing career thus far, discuss issues I Doing is dem- always interested in what our national professional body was always used to feeling when it came to sharing of opinions face on a day-to-day basis, and in general discuss how each of onstrating all about, something that never crossed my mind would be the and concerns – especially from a student perspective. them got to where they are now. that you chance to be able to sit at the CNA Board of An experience such as this is know it. Directors, during my final year of . . . I was learning more one that will be ingrained with me for the rest of my nursing Teaching is re- nursing school – representing that the realms of nursing career, and is something I will always be able to look back on minding oth- nearly 25 000 extended far beyond the with great pride. I feel that nursing students once you are involved with ers that they in the process. bedside . . . aiding a voice for a cause that you truly believe in, you will know just as This opportunity was a mile- stone for what I am now calling As my term progressed on the always contribute to that voice no matter where your career well as you. my career. CNA Board, I was learning more that the realms of nursing ex- takes you. You are all When beginning my term on the CNA Board of Directors I tended far beyond the bedside – and it was becoming more CNA, along with its active ju- risdictional members, have learners, doers was nonetheless, a bit nervous. I, a nursing student, with next apparent to me that many of made a wise choice when it and teachers. to no experience compared to my colleagues sitting around I feel that once you are involved Richard Bach this table, was now a member of this prestigious group. Ex- with aiding a voice for a cause that citement soon ensued, how- you truly believe in, you will always ever, and my comfort with the group grew in no time at all. contribute to that voice no matter For once, I felt like I truly had where your career takes you. an opinion that actually mat- tered. Nursing leaders from the issues that CNA discussed, comes to fostering the nursing We make a across Canada would look to faced and tackled, all trickled student. The future of nurses, me and ask me what I thought down to the nursing that, up and the future of health care living by what about nursing and health care until this point, I was only ex- in this country are on the right issues, and were proactive in posed to. path if we start this mentor- we get, voicing their interest in what ship process early. Only then nursing students’ thoughts The CNA Board as a whole, and will we be able to learn from, we make a life were. its individual members, all and contribute to, the many acted as a mentor to me. For- changes that are happening by what we Aside from taking interest in mally as a Board – I was ex- now, and changes that will the opinions I was so fortunate posed to the plethora of issues soon occur. give. to bring to the table, I was facing nursing and health care soon over my nervousness, and in this country, decision- And rest assured, we can count Winston Churchill my motivation took over to making strategies, effective on continuing to have that contribute to discussions and communication skills, and gen- strong, powerful voice. __________________________ Editor’s Note: Tyler Kuhk is the Past President of the Canadian Student Nurses’ Association (CSNA). The CSNA holds a non-voting ex- officio position on the CNA Board of Directors. Tyler recently graduated and is now working as an RN in Ontario. September 2010 YRNA Nurses’ Notes Page 7 Global Health: Preparing for an Overseas Nursing Project Submitted by Stephanie Bamforth, RN People learn the most I am the daughter of a nurse and grew Our plan is my mother will run the up listening to stories about my mother‟s clinic (with local staff) while I provide pri- when experiences nursing in Guatemala, Mexico, mary care as needed, train and mentor clinic teaching Denmark, and Israel, not to mention Mont- staff, and provide outreach education and real, at the Montreal Heart Institute, where support in the communities on family plan- others. she was on the transplant team for the first ning, nutrition, hygiene, HIV/STI preven- Drucker cardiac transplants in Canada. I therefore tion, wound care, cardiovascular health, etc. grew up with a healthy respect for nursing as a skill and profession that had the potential As I am just over one year out of nurs- to let you work virtually anywhere in the ing school and will be working outside my world. usual nursing scope (I work at Whitehorse General Hospital on the surgical and medical So this November I will be leaving for units), I have spent the last several months The best my first overseas nursing experience; work- preparing for the trip, taking emergency spe- ing for two months in community run clinics cialty, wound care, PALS and ACLS teacher is the in the Volta Region of Ghana and Oudalan courses, practising sutures, reviewing labor one who sug- Province in Burkina Faso. This will mark and delivery, ante and post partum care, and my first time working in a nursing capacity carrying the book “Where there is no doc- gests rather alongside my mother (this will be her fourth tor” around as though it‟s a bible, in addition trip working out of the Mafi-Seva health to writing grant and supply securing propos- than dogma- clinic in Ghana) as well as a first time work- als. I‟m starting to feel somewhat prepared tizes, and in- ing without hospital or other practitioner for the adventure I‟m soon to be on. support (my mother will be the only other spires his lis- professional health practitioner there). I am so very thankful to have this op- portunity to experience living and working tener with the The clinics are in remote areas of in West Africa and provide a much needed wish to teach Ghana and Burkina Faso, far from the ser- service to the communities there. I am hop- vices available in the Capitals. Both are ing this will mark the first of many overseas himself. managed by local health promoters trained nursing projects, so with any luck I won‟t Bulwer-Lytton by professional healthcare providers who get too sick and will be useful at the clinics. come on a volunteer basis. Currently the local health workers rely heavily on dona- If you are interested in more informa- tions from foreign volunteers to provide tion on this nursing project, we have a web- equipment, medicines, training and support. page at http://www.givemeaning.com/ The focus is currently on the needs of project/ghana and can be reached via email women and children, and teams of mid- at : wives, nurses, and physicians have trained email@example.com. The good local people to work as TBAs (traditional birth attendants) and clinic staff. Under the Well I‟m off tomorrow to the travel mentor guidance of the organization AMURT clinic for a slew of vaccinations, fingers communicates (Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team), crossed they do the trick. efforts concentrate on creating sustainable hope and community based projects to be independ- Cheers and warm wishes, ently run by the local people. Details on the Stephanie Bamforth, RN optimism. work done by AMURT can be found at firstname.lastname@example.org Rowley www.amurt.net. Page 8 YRNA Nurses’ Notes September 2010 Exploring Our Code of Ethics A series of articles which looks at the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses The growth As you regular newsletter Among the concepts cov- of this section of the Code, readers---yes, I choose to be- ered in section D are respect- we thought we might best and lieve that there are such peo- ful relationships with all per- discuss it through an ex- development ple---know, over the last year sons in our care; honouring panded article in the next we have been running a series diversity; advocacy and inter- newsletter. of people is the of articles about the revised vention when we see some- Interestingly, the topic for Code of Ethics. Each article one receiving disrespectful highest calling focuses on one section of the care; protecting privacy; ap- the YRNA Coffee Talk on September 30th is the Yukon of leadership. Code and includes some plying best practice for use of government focus on care for questions for self-reflection. restraints; the maintenance of Maxwell the acutely intoxicated. I professional boundaries; The next section for our would anticipate that some of management of pain and suf- focus is primary value D: the dialogue that evening will fering to support dignity in Preserving Dignity. As I touch on nurses‟ ethical chal- life and death; and treating looked over this section to lenges to bring respect and professional colleagues with develop some reflective ques- dignity to all situations. respect. tions, I felt that the ethical by Catherine Bradbury, RN, BScN concepts captured here are Whew - any one of those YRNA’s Coordinator of complex and highly relevant topics gives us much to think Regulatory Programs Mentoring is a to practice in the Yukon. about! So, given the breadth brain to pick, an ear to listen, and Meet Two New Board Members a push in the Hello colleagues, my name is Donna Hi, I'm Sylvia Riessner the new Public Repre- right direction. Rowland and I am pleased to be part of the sentative on YRNA's Board. I was invited to apply John Crosby YRNA Board as Treasurer for this term. to be the Representative by Colleen Wirth, a nurse I have been an active practising regis- that I worked with when I first came to the Yukon. tered nurse for 34 years!! I moved to the At that time, 12 years ago, she was job- sharing with Jean Kapala and I was a curriculum Yukon 15 years ago and have worked in a design consultant from BC who had recently variety of nursing roles since that time. moved to Watson Lake. Talk about a new environ- My passion rests with community based ment! Colleen and Jean were the first of many nursing. amazing professional healthcare workers I've had I served on the YRNA Board from the privilege to work with at Yukon College. I have The legacy 1997 to 2002, and have also been a mem- always been impressed by the knowledge, depth of you leave is ber of the Complaints Committee for sev- caring and commitment of the nurses and I was eral years. Based on those experiences I excited at the opportunity to participate in YRNA's the life you know I will gain much more than I will Board. live. give. I work at the College as a Distributed Learning instructor which involves working with students and Kouzes and Posner I believe that I have a broad outlook instructors to help them learn and teach more ef- and hope that I will contribute that per- fectively with technology. I have a background in spective at the Board table. curriculum design, project coordination and com- Thank you for the honour and privi- munication and a Masters of Educational Technol- lege of serving on the Board. I will do my ogy from UBC. best, and I welcome your calls or emails I'm hoping that I can fairly reflect a general pub- and ideas at any time. lic perspective on some of the complex health and social issues that YRNA Board members analyze and speak out about. September 2010 YRNA Nurses’ Notes Page 9 Canadian Respiratory join the CRHP: physiotherapy and respiratory therapy programs. The Award is offered to • Eligibility to apply for CRHP Re- Health Professionals: search Grants and Fellowships students enrolled in healthcare pro- A GROWING • Eligibility to apply for CRHP Re- grams who have a special interest in respiratory care. The goal of this INTERDISCIPLINARY gional Funding grants award is to encourage the pursuit of a SOCIETY! • Reduced registration fee for Cana- career in respiratory-related health The CRHP is the allied health profes- dian Respiratory Conference 2011 care, provide recognition to students sionals section of The Lung Associa- (Niagara Falls, Ontario, April 28 – who demonstrate commitment to res- tion, representing health professionals 30) - www.lung.ca/crc piratory care, and encourage mem- from a wide variety of disciplines • Membership publications: an online bership and participation in the working collaboratively in the respira- subscription to the Canadian Respi- CRHP. tory health field. ratory Journal, quarterly CRHP newsletter: Airwaves, and monthly Please consider joining the Cana- CRHP membership is open to all res- electronic bulletin dian Respiratory Health Professionals piratory health professionals who are • Leadership opportunities to serve (CRHP), and join more than 500 res- members in good standing of a recog- on the CRHP Leadership Council piratory health professionals across nized clinically based licensed disci- and/or to participate in working Canada - in promoting lung health pline. Our current membership in- groups and subcommittees through inter-professional collabora- cludes nurses, respiratory therapists, tion, knowledge translation and re- physiotherapists, pharmacists, occu- CRHP Student Excellence search. To join, go to www.lung.ca/ pational therapists, dieticians, and Award in Respiratory Health crhp, or contact the CRHP Adminis- social workers. Earlier this year, CRHP awarded the trative Coordinator at 613-569-6411 x Student Excellence Award in Respira- 270 or email@example.com. There are many great reasons to tory Health to 5 students in nursing, Page 10 YRNA Nurses’ Notes September 2010 Thank you to the following people and businesses who are to be recognized for their contributions during National Nursing Week in May and their ongoing support of Yukon nurses. Alpine Health Supplies & Services Better Bodies Cross Training Centre Boston Pizza Eagle Therapeutic Massage--Luc Garceau Peak Fitness Prime Meridian Physiotherapy--Pamela Holmes Shawn Verrier, RMT Waterstone Products As 2010 moves swiftly along, we would like to take a moment to acknowledge the many Yukon nurses working day and night, throughout the year to care for our healthcare needs in a wide variety of settings . Changes to the Child and Family Services Act Continuing Competence Process In the past few months, a new Yukon Child and Family Have you completed your self-assessment? Services Act has come into force. The new Act brings us Is your learning plan in process? into line with all other Canadian jurisdictions by including a requirement for anyone to report suspicion that a child is Need help getting started? at risk of harm or neglect. The main clause of this provi- sion in the new Act reads: Contact the YRNA office: 867-667-4062 22(1) A person who has reason to believe that a firstname.lastname@example.org child is in need of protective intervention shall immediately report the information on which they base their belief to a (Family and Children’s Ser- vices) director or peace officer. As is the case in law of this nature, the Act protects any person making a report in good faith, even where concern New Look to the YRNA Website is not supported through an investigation. It is the respon- sibility of F&CS to investigate and “prove” allegations. The intake social workers can offer guidance as well, if some- one is not sure if concerns are appropriate for a formal YRNA is in the process of launching a new, report. re-designed website. In addition to a new look, the site has been re-organized to create The Code of Ethics and Standards for Practice for RNs have always called on us to act to protect a child at risk. a separate section for Registration informa- Policies of the workplace also generally lay out that re- tion. quirement, as our work often brings us into contact with high risk families. Check it out---www.yrna.ca---and give us We at YRNA thought it might be helpful for nurses to be your feedback by completing the survey on aware, though, that the Act governing child protection the “What’s New” page. now provides a definitive statement about the responsibil- ity of all Yukoners to act to keep our children safe. September 2010 YRNA Nurses’ Notes Page 11 Yukon Registered Nurses Association MAIL POSTE 204—4133—4th Avenue Postage Paid Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 1H8 Phone: 867-667-4062 Fax: 867-668-5123 Publications Mail E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.yrna.ca Registration #40017695 Y1A 1H8 Coming Events . . . Sep 23, 2010 Hospice Yukon Workshop. Living with Loss - Introduction to Healthy Grieving. 6:30-8:30p.m. Whitehorse. Contact 867-667-7429; firstname.lastname@example.org. Sep 23-26, 2010 Canadian Association of Wound Care Management and Prevention Course. L1, L2, L3. Vancouver. Contact: email@example.com. Sep 28-29, 2010 FASD Symposium. Walking Together. Connecting practice & research to create change. Whitehorse. Con- tact Jan Langford at 867-667-4674; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sep 30, 2010 COFFEE TALK! YRNA Office. 7:00 p.m. For more information contact YRNA at 867-667-4062. Oct 14-16, 2010 21st National Conference of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). Bridging the Worlds of Practice, Research and Education. Montreal. Contact: www.awhonncanada.org. Oct 25-26, 2010 Championing Public Health Nutrition 2010. Presented by Centre for Science in the Public Interest. Ottawa. Contact: www.cspinet.ca. Oct 18-22, 2010 Foot Care Management. Presented by Senior Watch Inc. Contact: www.seniorwatch.com; 800-561-2463. Nov 26-27, 2010 2nd Conference on Positive Aging: An Interdisciplinary Approach for Health Professionals. Coast Plaza Hotel, Vancouver. Contact: www.interprofessional.ubc.ca. Dec 2-4, 2010 Canadian Association on Gerontology Annual Conference. Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting. Montreal. Contact: www.cagacg.ca/conferences/414_e.hp Feb 13-15, 2011 2011 National Nursing Leadership Conference. Nursing Leadership: So What? Now What? Montreal. Con- tact: Canadian Nurses Association www.cna-aiic.ca Feb 20-22, 2011 Canadian Association of Neonatal Nurses National Conference. Neonatal Frontiers: Blazing the Trail. Calgary. Contact: www.neonatal.cann.ca Page 12 YRNA Nurses’ Notes September 2010
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