Life at UBC: A Different Side of Nursing

Life at UBC: A Different Side of Nursing

I spent many years working as a nurse in a hospital. In the beginning, I relished the chance to directly help patients, and I didn’t mind the long shifts on my feet. After 15 years, however, the work became very physically and mentally demanding.  Hospital budgets were being cut, the intensive care unit I worked in was understaffed, and I knew I was ready for a change.

UBC allowed me to step into a different side of nursing. Now I support patients taking three different drug therapies. They turn to me when they have questions about how to administer or store their medications. Over the telephone, I provide important education, guiding patients as they initiate therapy, and helping them understand what to expect. I let them know I’m available to discuss strategies to mitigate side effects.   Some of my calls can take up to an hour, but it’s time well spent and time that I didn’t have in the hospital setting. Knowing that I provide patients with the information they need to make informed decisions about their health is very rewarding. I love it when a patient thanks me for taking the time to answer questions and listen to concerns.

Stepping away from bedside nursing was scary, but the team at UBC helped make the transition easy. My coworkers were kind and supportive while I learned the ropes. Along the way, I realized I joined a talented team of amazing people. With our different backgrounds and knowledge sets, we are able to learn from each other all the time. Blending these experiences helps us excel as a team and a company. 

Don’t get me wrong. This job is still challenging, but in a different way. I love that I don’t get bored, and I’m able to continue growing as a nurse and as a person.

If you’re interested in stepping away from face-to-face patient care, check out our current openings for nurses of all kinds, including nurse clinicians, RN case managers and clinical educators.

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