National Nursing Week - Spotlight - Julie

Posted on Saturday May 15, 2021

“The amazing care I received from nurses when I delivered my daughter is what inspired me to pursue a career in nursing.”

When Julie gave birth to her daughter, the maternity unit was full and nurses were overwhelmed. However, the care she received while there is what inspired Julie to leave her previous career and pursue nursing.

While on maternity leave, Julie began studying to become a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) and has never looked back. She has spent the majority of the last 11 years working as a Mental Health Nurse, and like many during the pandemic, was redeployed to another area of the hospital to ensure that patients received compassionate, quality care.

“I was redeployed to a medical unit, something I haven’t done in a long time and a lot has changed since I was last there 10 years ago. However, mental health nurses are still nurses, they just practice in a different speciality!”

Since the pandemic began, nurses have worked day in and day out staring into the face of adversity and pushing themselves that little bit to ensure that our patients received exemplary care and quality service. Julie was one of the nurses who answered the call.

We asked Julie what the most rewarding part is about being a nurse.

“The most rewarding part of being a nurse is seeing a patients’ status improve and they become well enough to be discharged home. Or, when a patient tells you how much you have brightened their day.”

While working full-time at Joseph Brant Hospital, Julie completed her Bachelor of Science degree from Nipissing University.

Congratulations Julie and thank you for being a part of our hospital.


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