“I am the Discharge Coordinator for an Acute care hospital in Summerside, PEI. I have been in this position since 1996.
In 1980, I graduated from the PEI School of Nursing in Charlottetown, PEI. Following my graduation, I began working as a frontline nurse at Prince County Hospital in ICU. Following some time in this unit, I moved on to various other areas within Acute care which included Day Surgery, Medical Unit, In-patient Mental Health and also did a Temporary position as Manager of a Medical/Palliative unit.
I have a keen interest in Geriatric population and have attended many conferences on Geriatrics and Palliative care. Along with my position as Discharge Coordinator, I also sit on several committees both within acute care and provincially. Some of these include Patient Flow/Utilization of Acute Care Patients, Restorative Care Admissions Committee, Long Term Care Placement Committee and Nursing Advisory.
I have been trained in the level of care assessment used on PEI (Seniors Assessment Screening Tool) which aids in determining the needs and care level of the geriatric population. The vast majority of my role within Acute Care involves the assessment of individuals for care needs and placement (either Long Term Care or Community Care). I also have the pleasure of working very closely with the Home Care Liaison nurse who works within the Hospital along with many connections and relationships with many other disciplines who work within Acute Care to formulate a plan for the individual being discharged.
The philosophy I believe in is “Home First”, if at all possible. I also feel that it takes an entire team within Acute Care to assist patients and their families develop a plan of care for discharge that they are comfortable with. Plus, we must ensure that they have all the information on supports, services available within the community along with the educational information about their health condition and treatment.
I have lived on PEI my entire life and have also spend my entire career thus far in an Acute Care setting. I live in Summerside with my husband who works in Aerospace and I have one daughter who is a Paralegal here in the same community. I enjoy traveling and have had the opportunity to have made many trips to various parts of Europe.
I do think I truly have one of the best jobs in nursing and I learn new things from the people I serve every day.”