On February 28, patient communities around the world will celebrate Rare Disease Day to raise awareness about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives.
I can’t say getting laid off was the best thing that ever happened to me. But I’m sure I wouldn’t be where I’m at today without that seemingly sour turn of events.
As a Nurse Clinician, I have the privilege of working closely with patients. I educate patients on their medication therapy and disease, inform them about services and tools available to help them manage their therapy, and answer any questions they have. This patient-centered focus is what drew me to UBC.
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.