Nursing Career in ICU Supports Life-Long Learning
Lori, a Registered Nurse, began her nursing career at Ross Memorial Hospital in August 1986, after completing her nursing diploma at Georgian College. She worked on a few units including Continuing Care, Medical, and Surgical, before finding her passion on the Intensive Care Unit. She has now worked in the ICU for 31 years, and she recalled that even while in nursing school, she knew she wanted to work in intensive care. She finds that ICU is fast-paced and ever-changing, and as a person who loves to learn, there is no shortage of advancements and new treatments to learn about. “In ICU, you are helping people who are so ill, and when you see them get better, there is nothing more rewarding,” says Lori.
She and her team have been part of exciting change over the years, including the implementation of the National Early Warning Scores (NEWS2) program, which has been implemented hospital wide. This program uses a standard set of indicators that trigger an urgent clinical review, or if symptoms are severe, a call to members of the ICU and respiratory teams to assess the patient immediately. This response team’s efforts often prevent the patient’s condition from deteriorating, which in turn, prevents an avoidable ICU admission.
“At Ross Memorial, the patient care is exemplary,” Lori shared. “It’s a great group of people, and the doctors and nurses on our unit work as a collaborative team. It’s respectful and everyone has a voice. We are all working together to do what’s right for the patient.”
In her spare time, Lori is very active and loves to walk out in nature and on the treadmill. She enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 daughters and recently welcomed a granddaughter into the family.
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