Mariam, Nurse Practitioner with the Acute Spine Program at Vancouver General Hospital
When Mariam started looking for a job, she was specifically looking for a team she connected with, a team that encouraged collaboration, and a team that demonstrated ongoing support for one another – she found all this and more with the Acute Spine Program Team. “I was immediately drawn by the passion and dedication of the Spine Team, and continue to feel inspired by the work we do together," shares Mariam, Nurse Practitioner with the Acute Spine Program at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH).
She was nervous about starting such a complex role as a new graduate, but the support she receives ensures she's ready to tackle any challenge. “Along with many others on the leadership team, my director and team lead have ensured that I am provided with opportunities to reflect on the new job and challenges, and supports me with brainstorming solutions." She enjoys the challenge of the new role, the acuity of patients, and the members of the Spine Team, including nurses, allied health, and physicians.
Mariam experiences inspiring and exciting moments every day. “Recently, I felt excited after a family meeting because the family member of a sick patient described their relief and gratitude after we explained the care plan to them. It is amazing to be able to be in a workplace that encourages time spent with families to ensure they feel heard, validated, and supported," shares Mariam.
She believes VCH's new values (We Care for Everyone, We Are Always Learning, and We Strive for Better Results) are incredibly attainable and reality-based. She incorporates the values in her role by caring for patients and the people she works with. She is given a new learning opportunity every day at work, and she hopes with each one, she can provide better care the following day, week, month and year.
One of Mariam's favourite aspects of her job is teaching patients about their surgery. “I love using a model of the spine to show them how the spine works, how their surgery helped them, and what their road to recovery will look like. I never thought that playing with bone would be part of my job!"
VCH recognizes the growing role of NPs and continues to expand NP opportunities - to learn more about NP careers at VCH, visit: careers.vch.ca