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Professional Profile alert!May 10-16 is Nursing Week. Today, we are profiling Jennifer Morritt. Jennifer joined the HFHT...
05/13/2021

Professional Profile alert!

May 10-16 is Nursing Week. Today, we are profiling Jennifer Morritt. Jennifer joined the HFHT in 2009 as a nurse in one of our family practices. Since then, she has moved into her role as Palliative Resource/Nursing Coordinator.

Please tell us about your role.

My original portfolio included Palliative Care, Chronic Disease Management, and has now expanded to include Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). Really my role is about helping patients, families and health care teams navigate systems, make connections, and work towards the goal of having better care together.

What is MAiD and why are nurses such an important part of it?

MAiD is the commonly accepted acronym for Medical Assistance in Dying. It’s been legal for qualifying individuals in Canada since 2016. I think for nurses it’s important, because most of us will almost certainly have to respond to a patient who is requesting, or at least contemplating this option at least once in our professional (if not personal) lives. I know I’m biased, but a truly compassionate nursing presence is a force to be reckoned with, and a nurse who can respond to a request for MAiD armed with empathy, knowledge and skill can provide truly patient and family centred care, even if ultimately they will not be participating in the MAiD process itself.

Have you found any silver linings during the pandemic?

Hmmm…that’s a tough one. There’s so much about COVID that I just want to forget, but I guess I would also say I’ve seen glimpses of resilience, generosity and cooperation that sometimes I feel are lacking in society in general, and I’m hopeful that collectively we’ll continue to build on that when COVID finally starts to settle behind us.

We are so grateful for Jennifer and all of the nurses that work tirelessly to keep us safe and healthy!

#NursingWeek
#Nurses
#Grateful

Professional Profile alert!

May 10-16 is Nursing Week. Today, we are profiling Jennifer Morritt. Jennifer joined the HFHT in 2009 as a nurse in one of our family practices. Since then, she has moved into her role as Palliative Resource/Nursing Coordinator.

Please tell us about your role.

My original portfolio included Palliative Care, Chronic Disease Management, and has now expanded to include Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). Really my role is about helping patients, families and health care teams navigate systems, make connections, and work towards the goal of having better care together.

What is MAiD and why are nurses such an important part of it?

MAiD is the commonly accepted acronym for Medical Assistance in Dying. It’s been legal for qualifying individuals in Canada since 2016. I think for nurses it’s important, because most of us will almost certainly have to respond to a patient who is requesting, or at least contemplating this option at least once in our professional (if not personal) lives. I know I’m biased, but a truly compassionate nursing presence is a force to be reckoned with, and a nurse who can respond to a request for MAiD armed with empathy, knowledge and skill can provide truly patient and family centred care, even if ultimately they will not be participating in the MAiD process itself.

Have you found any silver linings during the pandemic?

Hmmm…that’s a tough one. There’s so much about COVID that I just want to forget, but I guess I would also say I’ve seen glimpses of resilience, generosity and cooperation that sometimes I feel are lacking in society in general, and I’m hopeful that collectively we’ll continue to build on that when COVID finally starts to settle behind us.

We are so grateful for Jennifer and all of the nurses that work tirelessly to keep us safe and healthy!

#NursingWeek
#Nurses
#Grateful

Looking to connect with others who have completed the Healthy You, BED or Mindful Eating program? Looking for peer and d...
05/12/2021

Looking to connect with others who have completed the Healthy You, BED or Mindful Eating program? Looking for peer and dietitian support to maintain the healthy habits you have started? Join our new online Change for Life follow-up support group for program graduates. Call 905-667-4852 or go to https://www.hamiltonfht.ca/en/groups-workshops/ongoing-nutrition-support.aspx.

Looking to connect with others who have completed the Healthy You, BED or Mindful Eating program? Looking for peer and dietitian support to maintain the healthy habits you have started? Join our new online Change for Life follow-up support group for program graduates. Call 905-667-4852 or go to https://www.hamiltonfht.ca/en/groups-workshops/ongoing-nutrition-support.aspx.

Happy #NationalNursingWeek! Check out this awesome video :)
05/12/2021

Happy #NationalNursingWeek! Check out this awesome video :)

This year during #NationalNursingWeek, Canadian Nurses Association (CNA-AIIC) launched our new mantra video on our YouTube channel & across our social media platforms. It brings greater attention to the role of nurses & how #WeAnswerTheCall.

Watch it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7la9pR2geA

#CNA2021 #WeAnswerTheCall #IKnowANurse #NationalNursingWeek #IND2021 #Nurses2021

As per provincial regulations, our AstraZeneca clinic is cancelled. Please contact the Public Health Services COVID-19 H...
05/11/2021

As per provincial regulations, our AstraZeneca clinic is cancelled.

Please contact the Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline if you have any questions at 905-974-9848 option 7.

As per provincial regulations, our AstraZeneca clinic is cancelled.

Please contact the Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline if you have any questions at 905-974-9848 option 7.

Professional Profile alert!⁠⁠Happy Nursing Week! Today, we are profiling Lisa Mark, one of our phenomenal nurses.What do...
05/11/2021

Professional Profile alert!⁠

Happy Nursing Week! Today, we are profiling Lisa Mark, one of our phenomenal nurses.

What do you want patients to know about the role nurses play, particularly during the pandemic?
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Nurses play a vital role, especially during this pandemic. I give a lot of credit to the ICU nurses, the ER nurses and mental health nurses. Covid is such a devastating virus, and these nurses are constantly putting themselves on the line to make sure you take that next breath.
I think what is so important for patients to know is that all we want for them is to get better or stay healthy, whether that be mental or physical health. Nurses are trying to make sure the physical and mental health of our patients are equally managed. It is so important to know that we are there for our patients even if it is just to listen to them or give them a boost of confidence because we will get through this. One breath at a time.
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What do you do to shake off your day when you are done work?
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I try not to take it home with me. I will sit with my partner Mark and have a nice dinner and maybe a glass of wine or a cold beer and talk about something else that is not Covid-19 related. Sometimes we need a disconnect to remember normality.
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Have you found any silver linings during the pandemic?
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Yes, because life could always be worse. I have a wonderful family, boyfriend, a roof over my head and a comfy bed to sleep in. I have learned to appreciate what I have and not worry about what I don’t have. I could not imagine going through this without good health care, or even a warm place to sleep. What is happening around in some parts of the world is unimaginable. If this pandemic has taught us anything it is just how precious life can be but there is a light at the end of the tunnel! We’ll get there!!

Please join us in thanking Lisa and all of the nurses working tirelessly to keep us physically and mentally healthy.

#NursingWeek
#Nurse
#SilverLinings

Professional Profile alert!⁠

Happy Nursing Week! Today, we are profiling Lisa Mark, one of our phenomenal nurses.

What do you want patients to know about the role nurses play, particularly during the pandemic?
🔶
Nurses play a vital role, especially during this pandemic. I give a lot of credit to the ICU nurses, the ER nurses and mental health nurses. Covid is such a devastating virus, and these nurses are constantly putting themselves on the line to make sure you take that next breath.
I think what is so important for patients to know is that all we want for them is to get better or stay healthy, whether that be mental or physical health. Nurses are trying to make sure the physical and mental health of our patients are equally managed. It is so important to know that we are there for our patients even if it is just to listen to them or give them a boost of confidence because we will get through this. One breath at a time.
🔶
What do you do to shake off your day when you are done work?
🔶
I try not to take it home with me. I will sit with my partner Mark and have a nice dinner and maybe a glass of wine or a cold beer and talk about something else that is not Covid-19 related. Sometimes we need a disconnect to remember normality.
🔶
Have you found any silver linings during the pandemic?
🔶
Yes, because life could always be worse. I have a wonderful family, boyfriend, a roof over my head and a comfy bed to sleep in. I have learned to appreciate what I have and not worry about what I don’t have. I could not imagine going through this without good health care, or even a warm place to sleep. What is happening around in some parts of the world is unimaginable. If this pandemic has taught us anything it is just how precious life can be but there is a light at the end of the tunnel! We’ll get there!!

Please join us in thanking Lisa and all of the nurses working tirelessly to keep us physically and mentally healthy.

#NursingWeek
#Nurse
#SilverLinings

Professional Profile alert!Happy Nursing Week! Today, we are profiling Angela Verrier, one of our wonderful nurses!How l...
05/10/2021

Professional Profile alert!

Happy Nursing Week! Today, we are profiling Angela Verrier, one of our wonderful nurses!

How long have you been working for the HFHT and in what capacity do you find yourself working for the HFHT right now?

I started working the Hamilton Family Health Team last April, at the COVID drive-thru assessment, preforming COVID testing. My role will be to educate nurses in family practice on the healthy baby and prenatal visits and assessments. I am currently doing this part time, while working in COVID vaccine clinics.

What would you like patients to know about nurses in primary care?

I have spent 20 years working in primary care. Nursing in primary care is the most rewarding job in the world. I have had the opportunity to see families grow, children start primary school and then go off to university. It is like being part of a large family. People may not realize what a privilege it is to have that amount of trust and care from entire families.

Have you found any silver linings working as a nurse during the pandemic?

I have been working at COVID assessment centres, then at COVID vaccine centres. I have had the opportunity to meet some incredible health care workers. They are so dedicated to helping through the pandemic. It makes me so proud to be a nurse!

The pandemic has been hard on all of us, but there are some silver linings. I am the mom of a 17 and 22 year old. Prior to the pandemic we were all so busy we did not have a lot of family time. Now that we are all stuck together we are able to spend lots of quality family time together. This means lots of game nights! We love our board games!

Please join us in thanking Angela and all of our nurses who have shown unparalleled dedication, particularly during this last year!

#NursingWeek

@AngelaPetersonVerrier

Professional Profile alert!

Happy Nursing Week! Today, we are profiling Angela Verrier, one of our wonderful nurses!

How long have you been working for the HFHT and in what capacity do you find yourself working for the HFHT right now?

I started working the Hamilton Family Health Team last April, at the COVID drive-thru assessment, preforming COVID testing. My role will be to educate nurses in family practice on the healthy baby and prenatal visits and assessments. I am currently doing this part time, while working in COVID vaccine clinics.

What would you like patients to know about nurses in primary care?

I have spent 20 years working in primary care. Nursing in primary care is the most rewarding job in the world. I have had the opportunity to see families grow, children start primary school and then go off to university. It is like being part of a large family. People may not realize what a privilege it is to have that amount of trust and care from entire families.

Have you found any silver linings working as a nurse during the pandemic?

I have been working at COVID assessment centres, then at COVID vaccine centres. I have had the opportunity to meet some incredible health care workers. They are so dedicated to helping through the pandemic. It makes me so proud to be a nurse!

The pandemic has been hard on all of us, but there are some silver linings. I am the mom of a 17 and 22 year old. Prior to the pandemic we were all so busy we did not have a lot of family time. Now that we are all stuck together we are able to spend lots of quality family time together. This means lots of game nights! We love our board games!

Please join us in thanking Angela and all of our nurses who have shown unparalleled dedication, particularly during this last year!

#NursingWeek

@AngelaPetersonVerrier

Professional Profile alert!May 3-9 is Mental Health Week. Today, we are profiling one of our mental health counsellors, ...
05/07/2021

Professional Profile alert!

May 3-9 is Mental Health Week. Today, we are profiling one of our mental health counsellors, Ryan Janssen.
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How long have you been working for the HFHT and what is your favourite part of your role?
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I have been with the HFHT for 3 years now, coming from a background of community mental health - and I truly love the work I do. I often say that it just makes sense to have a multidisciplinary team providing care for a person, and I get such satisfaction working closely alongside my highly-talented colleagues from other fields.
🔶
Have you found any silver linings during the pandemic?

Professionally, I am finding that all of us are writing things down more! I always encourage note-taking, and it seems that doing work remotely has made it so much easier to use and remember therapy journals, trackers and logs, and the like. (And on a personal note: using my lunch hour to get dinner started for the kids has made the post-work/school chaos just a little less frenetic!).
🔶
Do you have any tips for people who are struggling with their mental health during the pandemic?
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There is so much out of our control, and obstacles getting in the way of what we want, that I find it useful to talk about letting values guide our behaviours. Questions like, "What's important to me about this?" or, "What is the deeper meaning here?" get at our values, which can be more flexible than goals because they give us a direction we can head rather than a destination to get to. Once we have a clearer sense of our personal values, we can say: "Given what's in my control, how can I take one step towards what matters here?" So, for example, "I can't go to the gym anymore" turns into "Fitness and health are important to me; what's one small step I can take right now towards staying fit and being healthy?" I like to remember this with the acronym VGA: start with my Values, use that to inform my Goals, and then take Action towards that end.
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Please join us in thanking Ryan and all of our mental health counsellors who are helping to keep us healthy and grounded, particularly during the pandemic.
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#MentalHealthWeek
#MentalHealth
#Values
#Goals
#Action

Professional Profile alert!

May 3-9 is Mental Health Week. Today, we are profiling one of our mental health counsellors, Ryan Janssen.
🔶
How long have you been working for the HFHT and what is your favourite part of your role?
🔶
I have been with the HFHT for 3 years now, coming from a background of community mental health - and I truly love the work I do. I often say that it just makes sense to have a multidisciplinary team providing care for a person, and I get such satisfaction working closely alongside my highly-talented colleagues from other fields.
🔶
Have you found any silver linings during the pandemic?

Professionally, I am finding that all of us are writing things down more! I always encourage note-taking, and it seems that doing work remotely has made it so much easier to use and remember therapy journals, trackers and logs, and the like. (And on a personal note: using my lunch hour to get dinner started for the kids has made the post-work/school chaos just a little less frenetic!).
🔶
Do you have any tips for people who are struggling with their mental health during the pandemic?
🔶
There is so much out of our control, and obstacles getting in the way of what we want, that I find it useful to talk about letting values guide our behaviours. Questions like, "What's important to me about this?" or, "What is the deeper meaning here?" get at our values, which can be more flexible than goals because they give us a direction we can head rather than a destination to get to. Once we have a clearer sense of our personal values, we can say: "Given what's in my control, how can I take one step towards what matters here?" So, for example, "I can't go to the gym anymore" turns into "Fitness and health are important to me; what's one small step I can take right now towards staying fit and being healthy?" I like to remember this with the acronym VGA: start with my Values, use that to inform my Goals, and then take Action towards that end.
🔶
Please join us in thanking Ryan and all of our mental health counsellors who are helping to keep us healthy and grounded, particularly during the pandemic.
🔶
#MentalHealthWeek
#MentalHealth
#Values
#Goals
#Action

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