It is a privilege to be a part of a person’s life as they “journey” through the surgical experience of having and adjusting to living with an ostomy. I am committed to offering continued support to anyone living with an ostomy.
I graduated in 1969 from the Royal Columbian Hospital School of Nursing and received that years’ George T. Wilson Surgical Award, beginning my career in surgical nursing on the RCH surgical ward. Later, I took a four year hiatus to raise my four children while working part time at both the Burnaby General and Royal Columbian Hospitals.
In 1984, I began to provide vacation relief for the Enterostomal Therapist Clinic at RCH. The impetus for making a career shift from bedside nursing to the role of the Enterostomal Therapist at RCH in 1994 was the satisfaction of caring for this specific group of patients\clients. It was during this time that I decided to enter the Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Education Program offered by the Albany Medical Center, New York, from where I received my course certification as an Enterostomal Therapist 1995.
As the Royal Columbian Hospital joined with Eagle Ridge, Ridge Meadows and Burnaby Hospitals under the Fraser Health Authority, the continuous population growth in these areas demanded an Enterostomal Therapist at each site. I then developed an outpatient clinic at Ridge Meadows Hospital in 1996 which, at present continues to provide pre and post-operative care at the hospital and ongoing rehabilitative care in the clinic.
In 1997 I expanded the RCH Clinic and began to visit Burnaby Hospital also to provide pre and post-operative care to patients having ostomy surgery. At this time, I was joined by a colleague, another Enterostomal Therapist, on a part time basis.
As an Enterostomal Therapist, I specialize in advanced chronic wound care and fistula management and am a founding member of the Clinical Task Team Skin and Wound Care Team for the Fraser Health Authority. The role of this team is to standardize and regionalize the delivery of chronic wound care using best practice. It has always been a driving principle in my practice to engage every aspect of clinical issues, to promote best practices achieving optimum results for each patient\client under my care.
It has been a great joy to teach at the many workshop presentations with which I have been involved both while working for the Fraser Health Authority and at the Ostomy Care and Supply Center.
I joined Andrea Manson at the Ostomy Care and Supply Center in August, 2005. I retired from RCH in May 2007 and continue to enjoy and value my contact with clients at the Ostomy Care and Supply Center.