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Marilyn Wacko – Helping to Vaccinate!

Marilyn Wacko –  Helping to Vaccinate!

May 3, 2021

Marilyn Wacko, RN Executive Director, ARNET (Alberta Registered Nurses Educational Trust) There are heroes among us, who silently combat conditions that we know little of. They do what they can to help make life better for others, which usually means acquiring new knowledge and skills. Marilyn Wacko, a registered nurse and Executive Director of the […]

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Shireen Bell, RN: Bringing Hope this Holiday Season

Shireen Bell, RN: Bringing Hope this Holiday Season

Dec 15, 2020

To my fellow Alberta nurses, I am sending out this year end message starting with a sense of deep gratitude and awe of your perseverance, courage, and constant dedication to the lives of our community members across this province! I am remembering my spring message tagged to our Pandemic Nurses Fund and as much as […]

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RN Dr. Nicole Letourneau: Researcher, Innovator, Educator, and Author

RN Dr. Nicole Letourneau: Researcher, Innovator, Educator, and Author

Sep 17, 2020

How we experience stress as infants can impact our entire lives—making it difficult to interpret the world, engage in healthy relationships, and avoid problems later in life. Enter Dr. Nicole Letourneau, a nurse researcher and professor at the University of Calgary. She has made it her life’s work to study and promote parent-infant mental health […]

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The Clarity Nursing Brings to Long-Term Care and COVID

The Clarity Nursing Brings to Long-Term Care and COVID

Aug 10, 2020

PHOTO: Dr. Carole Estabrooks, Professor & Tier 1 Canada Research Chair at the University of Alberta, and Registered Nurse Old, outdated continuing care facilities. Inadequate staffing levels. Poor quality of life. These are all issues that have received national attention during the COVID-19 pandemic. But for Dr. Carole Estabrooks, a nurse researcher, they are unfortunately […]

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Nursing on the frontline at Cargill

Nursing on the frontline at Cargill

Jun 1, 2020

This is Leah.  Leah Malazdrewicz, a registered nurse working with the Calgary Rural Primary Care Network, responded to one of the largest COVID-19 outbreaks in North America at the Cargill meat-packing plant in High River, Alberta. 

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Matthew Douma: Filling the Gaps on COVID-19

Matthew Douma: Filling the Gaps on COVID-19

May 4, 2020

Every day, thousands of Alberta registered nurses go to the frontlines of COVID-19, to our hospitals, long-term care homes, and communities. They go even though there is much they do not know about the virus and how it spreads. They are learning about it daily. At his home, Matthew Douma, a registered nurse, researcher, and […]

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How can we thank nurses who are braving the outbreak?

How can we thank nurses who are braving the outbreak?

Apr 6, 2020

To my Albertan community members and fellow nurses, It is surreal to think of the recent past, present and future as being lived in the presence of a pandemic. In over 30 years of my nursing career, this is a new experience for me, and I am sure for many of you. Worry permeates from […]

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The strength of many for the strength of one!

The strength of many for the strength of one!

Feb 24, 2020

The strength of many for the strength of one… Teenager Brendan Bell was experiencing shortness of breath and was sick to his stomach and ended up fighting a rare and sudden cancer. Enter Tammera MacGregor, the registered nurse who fought along with him!

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Betty Gourlay: Pay it Back, Pay it Forward

Betty Gourlay: Pay it Back, Pay it Forward

Dec 16, 2019

Paying it Back, Paying it Forward The 1990s were a time of anxiety for the nursing profession: wage rollbacks, bed closures, and layoffs. All were a constant concern, if not a reality. Many nurses looked for opportunities outside of Alberta or even outside of the profession. Enter Betty Gourlay – entrepreneur and nurse extraordinaire.

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NP Teddie Tanguay: Making a Difference in the ICU

NP Teddie Tanguay: Making a Difference in the ICU

Nov 15, 2019

When Tanguay started in the ICU she noted that there was no consistent approach to wound care. Registered nurses would remove dressings daily to inspect the wounds without giving the previous treatment plan time to take effect – in essence, there would be a new plan for wound care everyday. To address this, Tanguay worked with her colleagues to make improvements. This has made a “huge” difference for patients and improved nursing practice. As a result, patients had fewer pressure sores, less severe infections, and more preventative care.

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