Nurses’ Voices is a unique new video and audio series that will amplify the voices of nurses to help them adapt and excel within these changing and uncertain times. Hosted by Gail Donner and Mary Wheeler, Nurses’ Voices will feature conversations with a diverse group of Canadian nurses from a variety of workplaces. Nurses’ Voices is generously supported by the Canadian Nurses Foundation and the Canadian Nurses Association.
Starting a Nurse’s Journey: From Nursing Student to New Grad with Rebecca Gustafson and Czarielle Dela Cruz
In our final episode of season one of Nurses’ Voices, join hosts Gail Donner and Mary Wheeler as they talk with Rebecca Gustafson, a current nursing student and Czarielle Dela Cruz, a recent nursing graduate, both from Ryerson University.
Watch and listen as Rebecca provides an extremely honest look into what it has been like to be a nursing student during the upheaval of COVID-19. And, learn how recent nursing graduate Czarielle has navigated the pandemic at the onset of her career at the bedside. In both their situations, their resiliency and love of the nursing profession has kept them going strong. Watch and listen to their stories now.
We sincerely thank you for being a part of season one of Nurses’ Voices, where we’ve spoken with 24 incredible nurses. And we’re excited to announce that we’re going to be back for season two! Be sure to sign up for our newsletter and you’ll be the first to know when we will be hearing other compelling Nurses’ Voices.
When Trauma Hits Home: Nurses' Mental Health with Katrina Stephenson and Sarah Bohachyk
Nurses see patients at some of the most challenging times of their lives. But nurses can also experience their own struggles, at which point their own self-care and wellness need to take priority.
In this emotional and inspirational episode, hosts Gail Donner and Mary Wheeler speak with Katrina Stephenson and Sarah Bohachyk about the mental health struggles that nurses themselves face.
Katrina and Sarah describe their own personal struggles with mental health injuries, and how their trauma has affected their personal and professional lives over the past number of years. They openly share their personal experiences, and what they have done to overcome their challenges. As co-founders of Nurse 2 Nurse Peer Support, Katrina and Sarah are ensuring that their experiences can empower and educate other nurses. Watch and listen to their stories now.
We are very thankful to the Mental Health Commission of Canada for their generous sponsorship of this episode.
The Journey to Mental Health Wellness with Bonita Fanzega and Catherine Flynn
The global COVID-19 pandemic has been grabbing the spotlight for the past 18 months, but the struggles that vulnerable populations have with mental health continue to persist.
In this special episode hosts Gail Donner and Mary Wheeler have a stigma-breaking conversation with Bonita Fanzega and Catherine Flynn about mental health nursing amongst marginalized communities.
Bonita and Catherine speak openly and honestly about working with vulnerable populations in their home communities of Winnipeg and Vancouver, their daily challenges, how they support their clients, and how they take care of themselves while shining an important spotlight on the resilience of the individuals they work with. Listen to their stories now.
Supporting Communities in the North with Dianne Iyago and Betty Strbac
Nursing in Canada’s North involves overcoming many challenges every day, including staffing, access, equipment, transportation and weather, to name just a few. But there is an incredibly strong sense of community here, and residents who call the North home go to great lengths to overcome nature’s obstacles to keep one another safe.
In this episode, hosts Gail Donner and Mary Wheeler have an enlightening conversation with Dianne Iyago, Public Health Nurse in Baker Lake, Nunavut and Betty Strbac, Community Health Nurse in Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories.
Hear as Dianne and Betty discuss the trust that needs to be built as a nurse in the North, how they have dealt with COVID-19, and how nursing is both challenging and rewarding in two of Canada’s most remarkable places. Watch and listen to their stories now.
The Under-Appreciated Value of Homecare with Michelle Williams and Paul Hickey
In this episode, hosts Gail Donner and Mary Wheeler have a thoughtful discussion about the importance of homecare in Canada with Michelle Williams and Paul Hickey.
Michelle and Paul talk about why they pursued homecare as a career, why it is such a rewarding experience for them, and how homecare has changed during COVID-19.
Long-term care has been the focus of a lot of concern during the pandemic, but homecare has not received the attention it merits. Most Canadian seniors say that home is where they want to be, and we are thankful Michelle and Paul are helping make this a reality. Watch and listen to their stories now.
The Long-Term Care Crisis in Quebec and Canada with Natalie Stake-Doucet and Roya Kazempour
Listen as Gail Donner and Mary Wheeler have an incredibly honest and passionate conversation with Natalie Stake-Doucet and Roya Kazempour, nurses in Quebec’s long-term care system.
Natalie and Roya take us behind-the-scenes as they describe the devastating impact and tragic loss during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how structural issues within long-term care can leave residents vulnerable. Natalie and Roya are passionate and hopeful, yet calls for change are necessary to improve the quality and conditions in long-term care. You don’t want to miss these remarkable stories.