About nine months ago, Vinita moved from Toronto to Vancouver, excited to continue her social work career at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH). “I was motivated to work here because it is a progressive learning organization that is committed to quality patient care and outcomes," says Vinita, who works in the Hospitalist Medicine Unit at VGH. She is a registered social worker (RSW) in both British Columbia and Ontario, the Electoral Council Member for the Ontario College of Social Workers and appointed to as a Member of the Registrations and Appeals Committee with the BC College of Social Workers.
In her role at VGH, she assists with the discharge planning and liaising with family to support the patient in the community (conducting psychosocial assessments, planning family meetings, etc.) She feels fortunate to work with an amazing allied health team who is collaborative, respectful, and passionate about quality patient care and outcomes. “We have a very busy unit with complex discharges but our team works collaboratively and creatively to facilitate safe discharge plans for patients," shares Vinita.
She feels inspired every day, and one of the most inspirational moments was when she supported a patient who requested Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID). The patient and family were very grateful for the supportive counseling she provided.
As an acute care social worker, Vinita regularly refers her patients and their families to the CIBC Centre for Patients & Families at VGH. “This one-stop resource centre offers accessible, reliable and culturally appropriate consumer health information for patients and their families,” says Vinita.
Vinita is passionate about making a difference and in her short time at VCH she’s become involved in various initiatives. She is the Steward for the Health Science Association (HSA) and she also volunteers with the Vancouver Chapter of the Endometriosis Network of Canada (VES). As the organizer and facilitator of VES, she is very grateful for the support of the CIBC Centre for Patients and Families, where the support group meets monthly.
Before her career at VCH, Vinita first began her social work career working in Corrections, teaching rehabilitation programs (based on cognitive behavioural therapy) to Federal offenders. She also worked as a college professor teaching community social service work.
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