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Faces of nursing in Coastal Community of Care


L-R: Krista McPhail, Stephen Croley, Michael Makula

It’s National Nursing Week across Canada. Every day within the Coastal Community of Care, licenced practical nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, registered nurses and nurse practitioners provide compassionate care, leadership and support to patients, clients and residents. And with one another they share knowledge and expertise, and encouragement and assistance.

Meet three nurses in our community of care:

Stephen Croley - Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Stephen is a medical-surgical LPN at Powell River General Hospital. He moved to Powell River from Ottawa, Ontario in December 2017 and has fallen in love with the west coast life. 

Stephen knew he wanted a career in health care and was drawn to nursing because he wanted something that would challenge him, allow him to always be learning, and give him the opportunity to try new things and move into different areas throughout his career. 

He also appreciates the connection with patients. “It’s a great feeling knowing I’m making a difference in people’s lives,” says Stephen. “I’m able to use my skills and adapt the care I provide to match each patient’s needs, helping them move towards their health goals.”

Michael Makula - Registered Nurse (RN)

Michael is a neuroscience/neurosurgery nurse in LGH’s Neuro Critical Care unit. He’s been at LGH for a year after completing his education at the University of Ottawa and working at the Ottawa Hospital. 

As a mountain biker, Michael is happy to now make the North Shore his home. Asked what brought him to nursing, Michael says, “I was originally inspired to become a nurse by my sister who is an RN. I love to help people and have a hard time sitting still, and I figured that nursing was a perfect fit.” 

He also appreciates the variety that comes with being a nurse and helping patients return to health. “I love that no day is the same and enjoy masking a difference in the lives of my patients.”

Krista McPhail - Registered Nurse (RN)

As patient care coordinator for LGH's 4 East sub-acute medicine unit, Krista says with enthusiasm that she loves her job and she loves coming to work every day. Krista came to LGH from Alberta in 2006 as a new grad and has worked on the 4th floor ever since. 

“This job is never monotonous – every day is different, but always interesting and inspiring,” says Krista. “And it’s really rewarding to connect with patients and their families and know that I’m helping them in their journey.” She was honoured with a Health Care Hero Award from the LGH Foundation in October 2018 for her commitment to excellent patient care. Krista also cites the incredible team as one of the best parts of her job. “Everyone is focused on doing what’s best for the patients – the nurses, lab staff, the cleaners and physicians.”

Special greetings​

In honour of National Nursing Week, we invite you to watch this special video with greetings, congratulations, and a message of appreciation to all nurses across Vancouver Coastal Health from Dr. David Byres, DNP, RN, CHE, Chief Nurse Executive and Associate Deputy Minister, Clinical Leadership, Ministry of Health. (5:32 minutes) ​

Dr. Byres also provides a status update on The Nursing Policy Secretariat's Pr​iority Recommendation Report . ​

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