Written by Tagan Mani, Marketing & Fund Development Coordinator
Personal Support Workers (PSW) are an essential part of healthcare who display their dedication and empathy with the work they do on the front line to make the lives of many others much better. In Ontario, PSW day is celebrated on May 19th to show recognition to these amazing individuals that often are not appreciated enough for the work and commitment they make. We have several PSWs at SCHC who are integral for various programs. Read below for a few quotes from some of them.
Below is from a former volunteer who currently works in two different SCHC programs, Nordia. See what she has to say below.
Next we have Jackie Brown who I had the pleasure of interviewing. See below for some behind the scenes content, and of course her thoughts about PSW day.
Last but not least, since May is also Asian Heritage Month, we also have Analyn one of our PSWs share her thoughts.
All in all, PSWs do a lot for others and deserve more appreciation and recognition for the amazing work they do. Make sure you visit our Careers page (www.schcontario.ca/schc-careers) as we often look for new PSWs to join our team!
Written by Abinash Sivapalan, Grant Business Start-up Coordinator
National Nursing Week is from May 9th to May 15th 2022. The week recognizes and celebrates the impact of nurses in the health-care journey. "#WeAnswerTheCall" showcases how important the role of nurses are. Nurses perform in many positions and functions from management, occupational health, prison and community roles, public health, case management and more. At SCHC we are staffed with nurse practitioners (RPN) and registered nurses (RN) who provide medical care and health related services to the community. The team sees clients who experience a one-time episode of illness or injury and clients who require ongoing care such as treatment for chronic health conditions. The pandemic has shown us that nurses are the foundation of healthcare and how much of a difference they make in people’s lives.
You may have heard the terms RN or RPN. The main difference between an RN and RPN is the foundational education. RPNs tend to use their knowledge to assist patients with general and straightforward health conditions. They treat patients with stable conditions who do not need intensive procedures. RN have had several years of schooling and have extensive knowledge in their healthcare field. They help with patients with complex health issues.
Nurses have done an amazing job during the tough time of COVID-19. With the shortage of nurses and the increasing number of Covid-19 patients, many Nurses have worked day and night to help patients. Hear below from some registered nurses sharing their experiences in being a nurse at SCHC!
"During the pandemic, the significance of nurses has definitely highlighted the multiple roles nurses play within the health care system. They are really the backbone of the health care system. Words don't describe how proud I am of this profession. Nurses make such a difference and I am happy to be called a registered nurse. Especially during the pandemic nurses bore the brunt of covid. We need more nurses. You make such a difference in people’s lives. Don’t you want to make a change in people’s lives? Come be a nurse! Make a difference in this world!"
"Nurses at SCHC play a key role in the multi-disciplinary health care team in improving clients’ health outcomes by providing direct nursing care, health education, counselling, preventive services and chronic diseases management"
"Nursing is a multifaceted professional role with a plethora of opportunities and options. Over the years, I have held nursing positions providing direct patient/client care, in management, and as an educator. As a nurse working at SCHC, I have been able to draw on my knowledge and experiences, combining three of my passions - caring, education, and palliative care - to continue to help others. I am proud and honored to be a nurse! Come join us in being a nurse and engage in life long learning!”
After reading what our wonderful nurses had to say about being a nurse, its your turn to make a change in people's lives. Be sure to visit www.schcontario.ca/schc-careers to apply as an RN at SCHC!
Hospice Palliative Care Week: The Significance, The People We Celebrate and Why We Aim To Live in Colour
Written By Tagan Mani, Marketing & Fund Development Coordinator; Asvini Ravindran, Intake Nurse, Hospice Palliative Care; Nirusha Jebanesan, Nurse Navigator, Alexa Callaghan, Bereavement Coordinator; Karen Rajendra, Psychosocial Spiritual Care Coordinator
This year's Hospice Palliative Care Week is being celebrated from May 1st to May 7th. This week is celebrated nationally to acknowledge the amazing work of various hospice palliative care (HPC) teams. The theme this year is "Living in Colour" because every person deserves a vibrant and beautiful life, instead of just fading shades of grey. This is what our incredible hospice palliative care team (that consists of staff and volunteers) strive to achieve. They bring a sense of joy and vibrancy to many hospice and palliative care clients in Scarborough. To help you understand the impact, please read direct quotes from our team below starting with our volunteers.
In addition to our incredible volunteers, we also have staff in different positions for the various needs that the hospice and palliative care team serves in Scarborough. See below for examples that provides more insight about their roles and impact.
A role that is essential to our hospice palliative care services are nurse navigators. Nirusha Jebanesan, who is currently in this role says that the nurse navigator program is conducive to the provision of holistic, equitable and person-centered care. Patients and families are closely guided through the health care system, overcoming barriers to health care access and bridging gaps in transition of care. The clinical expertise inherent in the nurse navigator role is helpful in the performance of holistic health assessment of individuals leading to the collaborative development of a plan of care, which addresses the short term, and long-term goals of care of the individual.
Another key part of HPC is the Bereavement Care Program. Alexa Callaghan, a bereavement coordinator shares that the program at SCHC offers support and information to individuals in Scarborough who are coping with grief and loss through individual peer support and peer-facilitated mutual support bereavement groups. Support is provided by a screened and trained volunteer, who has also experienced the death of a loved one to facilitate discussion of your grief journey and experiences. Walking, Therapeutic Art and Meditation groups are also offered.
Our HPC program also includes Psychosocial Spiritual Care (PSSC) , which offers carefully planned, collaborative support for your needs as well as the needs of your family, friends, or caregivers. The coordinator, Karen Rajendra, says through compassionate listening in a spirit of welcoming presence, we assist you to draw upon your own emotional and spiritual resources or find new ways to create meaning, value, purpose, and connection in the face of illness and dying.
Last but not least, we wanted to share some client stories to help reiterate the impact our hospice and palliative care team has. We have not included their names due to respect of privacy.
I really want to say that your (PSSC) coordinator has been a life saver. I started counselling with her in a such dramatic /chaotic way. My dad wasn’t convinced that any counselling would be of help and it took much coercing for him to give it a try. He mentioned the coordinator’s name a few times with much fondness, making me curious about the agency and the work carried out. I found her so supportive that was much better than some of my friends and my colleagues as the relationship grown from strangers to trusted friends. She had the personal and professional touch that got me to today….. I do not know how to express my gratitude for the referral and to your coordinator, as she is guiding me through this difficult time. - Mr. Wilfred O’Connor’s daughter
The biggest challenge I was facing is depression. I lost the three most important adults in my life in the space of 6 months and felt utterly rudderless. I was lost, alone, and didn't know how to carry on, or why.
I became acquainted with SCHC during my husband's illness. He used to attend a weekly session. After his passing SCHC contacted me to offer some grief counselling.
So there you have it. We hope you understand why our team works hard to provide clients with a positive experience and vibrant perspective to enjoy the various colours their life has. The Hospice Palliative Care Week might only be celebrated for a week but the impact these programs and services have are cherished way beyond that. The need of these services have risen and we are doing our best to accommodate and serve our clients to the best of our abilities but we need your help. If you are interested in volunteering in any of the hospice or palliative care programs and services please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to make a donation to the program you can do so via our donation page and select "Palliative and Hospice programs" under the campaign drop down menu.