Blogs

Canadian Nurse blogs


https://www.infirmiere-canadienne.com/blogs/ic-contenu/2022/12/05/role-de-la-langue-patients-autochtones Tłı̨chǫ-speaking nurse Lianne Mantla-Look answers our questions By Lianne Mantla-Look December 5, 2022 istockphoto.com/portfolio/FatCamera The smallest detail can give a health-care provider the clue they need to figure out a patient’s health concern. When language is a barrier, those clues might be missed. Editor’s note: Lianne Mantla-Look was profiled in Canadian Nurse on November 14. In this four-part series of followup Q&A articles, she provides candid and first-hand insight into her experience as an Indigenous nurse working in ...
https://www.infirmiere-canadienne.com/blogs/ic-contenu/2022/11/28/quel-est-le-role-dun-guerisseur Tłı̨chǫ-speaking nurse Lianne Mantla-Look answers our questions By Lianne Mantla-Look November 28, 2022 istockphoto.com/portfolio/Imgorthand It is natural for people to want to connect with something spiritually and culturally meaningful. Sometimes, a client might pursue both Indigenous and Western treatments, or move back and forth between Indigenous healers and Western medical treatments. Editor’s note: Lianne Mantla-Look was profiled in Canadian Nurse on November 14. In this four-part series of followup Q&A articles, she provides ...
https://www.infirmiere-canadienne.com/blogs/ic-contenu/2022/11/21/avez-vous-ete-confrontee-au-racisme Tłı̨chǫ-speaking nurse Lianne Mantla-Look answers our questions By Lianne Mantla-Look November 21, 2022 istockphoto.com/portfolio/Imgorthand All Canadians have a responsibility to educate themselves about Indigenous Peoples, and all people have a responsibility to treat one another with dignity and respect regardless of their background. Editor’s note: Lianne Mantla-Look was profiled in Canadian Nurse on November 14. In this four-part series of followup Q&A articles, she provides candid and first-hand insight into her experience as an ...
https://www.infirmiere-canadienne.com/blogs/ic-contenu/2022/11/14/forte-comme-deux-personnes Profile on Tłı̨chǫ-speaking nurse Lianne Mantla-Look is first in multi-part series By Laura Eggertson November 14, 2022 Photo by Tessa Macintosh Without access to nurses, doctors, and other health-care providers who speak their language, family members often interpret for Indigenous patients whose first language is not English, Lianne Mantla-Look says. Sometimes, family members deliberately withhold information. When she’s not working as a nurse in her community, Mantla-Look enjoys spending time with her one-year-old daughter, Finnigan, and her husband, ...
https://www.infirmiere-canadienne.com/blogs/ic-contenu/2022/11/07/soins-a-domicile-traitement-des-plaies Alberta staff recognized need to address inconsistencies in care delivery By Cheryl Grady & Celine Feagan November 7, 2022 istockphoto.com/portfolio/dusanpetkovic The Cochrane Home Care team recognized the need to improve the delivery of wound care after identifying inconsistencies in various practitioners’ knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to wound management. Cochrane is nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, and the Cochrane Home Care (CHC) team is part of the Calgary Zone within Alberta Health Services (AHS). The CHC ...
https://www.infirmiere-canadienne.com/blogs/ic-contenu/2022/10/31/sadapter-et-se-debrouiller ‘Our nurses know how to do just about anything,’ Tracy Mitchell says By Laura Eggertson October 31, 2022 Lauren Billey Creative “We specialize in being generalists,” Tracy Mitchell says. She’s proud of her team, saying “they can deliver a baby, they are the code team, they are the IV team, they are the lift team, after hours they are the pharmacists, they are the maintenance team, and they are the housekeeping team.” Tracy Mitchell is used to being underestimated. As a rural nurse for close to 30 years, she’s watched Canada’s health-care-hungry urban ...
https://www.infirmiere-canadienne.com/blogs/ic-contenu/2022/10/24/q-et-t-2e-partie-ife-solution-la-penurie Internationally educated nurses face stereotypes – how can we fix this? By Carlo Mikhail L. Magno October 24, 2022 istockphoto.com/portfolio/CHalePhoto IENs can offer different perspectives and alternative approaches, and share their unique experience, to help interdisciplinary teams come up with care plans that are catered to the individual client’s needs. Editor’s note: In his October 11 article and last week’s followup Q&A article , Carlo Mikhail L. Magno described what it’s been like to be an internationally educated nurse (IEN) ...
https://www.infirmiere-canadienne.com/blogs/ic-contenu/2022/10/17/q-et-t-1ere-partie-ife-solution-la-penurie Internationally educated nurses are already here – let’s get them working By Carlo Mikhail L. Magno October 17, 2022 istockphoto.com/portfolio/asiseeit We know that some health-care facilities are offering incentives for retired nurses to go back to the workforce, and some organizations are even willing to pay extra for travel nurses. That means these employers should also be able to funnel some resources into helping IENs become the next generation of the nursing workforce. Editor’s note: In last week’s article , Carlo Mikhail L. Magno ...
https://www.infirmiere-canadienne.com/blogs/ic-contenu/2022/10/11/perspective-infirmier-forme-letranger-covid A nurse’s inspirational story of frustration and opportunity By Carlo Mikhail L. Magno October 11, 2022 Courtesy of Carlo Mikhail L. Magno Carlo Mikhail L. Magno moved to Toronto from the Philippines in 2012. At the time, he was told that he did not meet the competency requirements to practise as a registered nurse. “I was crushed but also determined to practise as a nurse in some capacity in Canada.” He’s now planning to pursue his RN credential again. Editor’s note: In a two-part Q&A article starting next week, Carlo Mikhail L. ...
https://www.infirmiere-canadienne.com/blogs/ic-contenu/2022/10/03/soins-infirmiers-itinerants-guide-reussir-nclex-rn Nurse furloughed due to pandemic shares step-by-step experience By Kelly Arraf October 3, 2022 istockphoto.com/portfolio/ljubaphoto Once you complete the process and pass the NCLEX-RN, maintaining a U.S. licence is relatively simple and inexpensive. Clinical education hours, required by every state, can easily be acquired with online courses. There is no shortage of news about the pandemic leaving nurses overworked, exhausted and disillusioned. Less acknowledged, however, is that many nurses found themselves unemployed or underemployed ...
https://www.infirmiere-canadienne.com/blogs/ic-contenu/2022/09/26/attenuer-lusure-de-compassion-covid-19 4 strategies to boost resilience of staff and improve patient care By Parveena Mann, Kendra L. Rieger, & Barbara Astle September 26, 2022 istockphoto.com/portfolio/IvanZastavetskyi To ensure the health and well-being of nurses who are providing direct care during this global pandemic, or those who are dealing with its after-effects such as addressing delayed care, awareness of compassion fatigue and evidence-based strategies to mitigate its detrimental effects are essential. Takeaway messages Compassion fatigue is an often overlooked, ...
https://www.infirmiere-canadienne.com/blogs/ic-contenu/2022/09/20/initiatives-damelioration-pendant-la-covid-19 Hospital finds the right mix of initiatives to engage nurses By Rosalyn Espiritu, Susan Beswick, Murray Krock, & Sonya Canzian September 20, 2022 istockphoto.com/portfolio/AJ_Watt During the pandemic, with restrictions on in-person meetings, nurse managers thoughtfully selected best practice guideline (BPG) nurse champions, taking into consideration their ability to work in a virtual format. Flexibility was needed in identifying a BPG focus that aligned with unit needs or pressures. How does an organization mobilize and engage staff ...
https://www.infirmiere-canadienne.com/blogs/ic-contenu/2022/09/12/integre-la-planification-prealable-des-soins Fraser Health Authority seeks to give nurses the tools they need By Lauren Thomas, Cari Borenko, & Nicole Percival September 12, 2022 istockphoto.com/portfolio/asiseeit Taking a systems level approach, the authors created a five-phase model that leverages peer-to-peer feedback, direct care staff engagement, and leadership support. This collaborative, grassroots style encourages a fluid process of continuous evolution and learning. In her article , Lauren Thomas championed the idea that nurses are uniquely placed to do the thoughtful ...
https://www.infirmiere-canadienne.com/blogs/ic-contenu/2022/09/06/ketamine-a-faible-dose-surmonter-les-stigmates Non-opioid drug a viable alternative to improve patient experience By Heather Ead September 6, 2022 istockphoto.com/portfolio/lfsantle The analgesic effects of ketamine occur at much lower doses than with dosing used for general anesthesia or procedural sedation. Ketamine is shown to desensitize central pain pathways and modulate opioid receptors. Takeaway messages Strategies to reduce opioid use are timely in light of the current national opioid crisis. Non-opioid adjuncts such as low-dose ketamine can have an important ...
https://www.infirmiere-canadienne.com/blogs/ic-contenu/2022/08/29/contribuer-objectifs-durable-des-nations-unies Become a ‘global citizen’ and have an impact on health at home and abroad By Deborah Baiden August 29, 2022 istockphoto.com/portfolio/DonwilsonOdhiambo The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the unequal impact on health outcomes of marginalized populations. Reflecting on the COVID-19 pandemic made me realize how quickly a health problem can become global in scope. If there is anything I’ve learned from pandemics, it is that health issues — and strategies to deal with them — can have global ripple effects. Courtesy of Deborah Baiden ...
https://www.infirmiere-canadienne.com/blogs/ic-contenu/2022/08/24/leigh-chapman-infirmiere-en-chef New chief nursing officer was an activist before taking on federal role By Laura Eggertson August 24, 2022 Government of Canada “I never would have thought that I would be supervising people using drugs after my brother died of an overdose,” Leigh Chapman says. “But I can say without a doubt it’s been the most rewarding part of my 19-year nursing career to date. Because it is life-changing work.” Editor’s note: Leigh Chapman is Canada’s new federal chief nursing officer and, in this position, will be charged with leading and supporting nurses ...
https://www.infirmiere-canadienne.com/blogs/ic-contenu/2022/08/22/le-besoin-de-soins-axes-sur-le-patient Student uses recent hospitalization to reflect on common learning practices By Natasia Varieur August 22, 2022 Courtesy of Natasia Varieur During her third semester of nursing school, Natasia Varieur became extremely ill and had to be hospitalized. “Before my experience as a patient, I would have said that there was a place for learners in every situation. I now feel that patients who are already experiencing severe distress do not need the further burden of inexperienced care providers adding to their discomfort,” she says. As a nursing student, ...
https://www.infirmiere-canadienne.com/blogs/ic-contenu/2022/08/15/interventions-infirmieres-pour-soutenir-aidants Risk of burnout increases as pandemic adds extra layer of burden By Sunmeet Kaur August 15, 2022 istockphoto.com/portfolio/PIKSEL Many family caregivers were pushed to a breaking point by the additional stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic. Caregivers often find it difficult to ask for help and may have been even more reluctant to do so during the pandemic due to the risk of COVID-19 exposure. Takeaway messages Screening and assessing for caregiver burden can lead to early intervention and better outcomes for family caregivers ...
https://www.infirmiere-canadienne.com/blogs/ic-contenu/2022/08/08/preparer-vos-etudiants-realites-soins-infirmiers How educators can do more for nurses entering practice By Megan Keszler August 8, 2022 istockphoto.com/portfolio/sturti Are we doing enough in clinical education to prepare our students for the realities of bedside nursing in a pandemic and post-pandemic world? As I say to my students: the more work you put in now, the easier your transition to independent practice will be. Nursing is a tough job these days. Sometimes I worry that we are not doing enough in clinical education to prepare our students for the realities of bedside ...
https://www.infirmiere-canadienne.com/blogs/ic-contenu/2022/08/02/services-secondaires-repercussions-de-la-covid Virtual care is one of the best ways to catch up on years-long backlog By Andrew Ward August 2, 2022 istockphoto.com/portfolio/FrazaoStudio The estimated accumulated backlog created by scaling back non-essential surgeries in Ontario from March 15 to June 13, 2020, was 148,364 surgeries and a rolling average increase of 11,413 additional surgeries for every week that the provincial policy direction remained in place. Takeaway messages Secondary impacts related to COVID-19 restrictions on rehabilitation patient cohorts are compounding ...