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Diary of a day: Michelle, Registered Nurse


A regional clinical educator takes us along on her shift with Professional Practice at Lions Gate Hospital (LGH)

In celebration of Nursing Week, nurses from across Vancouver Coastal Health are taking us along for their shift — giving us a behind-the-scenes look at the important work they do, alongside their interdisciplinary teams, to care for our patients, clients and residents.

Michelle Connell, has worked at Lions Gate Hospital (LGH) since 2000 — working in both the neurology and emergency department in a variety of roles such as simulation educator and trauma coordinator. In 2018, she joined the Professional Practice team as a regional clinical educator working to provide mentorship and coaching to Coastal's clinical nurse educators, develops education, supports implementation of clinical practices through a variety of education modalities, and provides feedback on new initiatives.

Michelle recently took us along for one of her shifts — documenting her day to give us a behind-the-scenes look at her role. Here's what she shared:

My commute to work

Lucky me! I start my commute to work by travelling through the north shore trails on my bike.

Beginning of my shift

My outfits during shift have changed recently. This is a picture of Dr. Chestnut and me working with the OR team to practice managing a Code Blue utilizing simulation. We're practising our "smizing" (smiling with our eyes) under our masks and eye protection.

During my shift

I have the privilege of working with amazing nurses, and I am so impressed by how they show up engaged and smiling. Here, we're doing Code Blue training utilizing simulation on the inpatient units. There have been many changes to our practices in response to COVID-19, so we've really ramped up our opportunities to practice. We've also been working with the ED team to practice caring for the trauma patients in the newly designed negative pressure room.

Zoom time

Zoom video conferencing from LGH to Bella Bella's emergency room to help them with the management of COVID-19 patients. Kudos to our rural and remote teams for all their amazing work during these challenging times.

Team meeting

Our LGH Professional Practice team meetings also look a little different these days. Here are Zerlina Chan, Laszlo Kalmar, Emma-Jane Hetherington, Mary-Ann Taylor and Braden Davie meeting at a distance with Zoom.

5 PM – After work

My kind of self-care: biking on Fromme Mountain with my co-worker Emma-Jane after our work day. Feeling grateful and a little tired from the workout!

6:45 PM – Getting ready to cheer

My daughter, Sarah, prepping for the 7 p.m. cheer. She's drawn a picture of her dad who is also a health-care worker at LGH. My other daughter Catie wrote a letter to thank all the amazing respiratory therapists we work with.

We have been blessed to send our girls to their school while we work. From our family to our community, thank you for all your support and kindness your cheers fill our hearts. Thank you for staying home. We're truly grateful.

Follow along on social media

Be sure to check out our Nursing Week campaign at @vchhealthcare on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter  as we profile new nurses across the regions every week during the month of May! 

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