Stories from the COVID-19 Front Line: Kyla

Kyla has been a Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) in the long-term care sector for the past five years.

The past year and a half of the COVID-19 pandemic have been difficult on Kyla and her colleagues.

Unit Support Worker/Unit Assist Week 2021: Steph

Steph has been a Unit Support Worker (USW) for two years now and has been in healthcare for five. She works in an acute care setting in recovery.

Her typical day at work consists of helping her nurses with patients. Shet takes her patients to where they need to be and makes sure they are comfortable. She keeps the unit clean and stocked of supplies.

What she loves most about her job is the people she works with. She has an amazing team! 

Steph was inspired to work as a USW because of her Grandpa. He was the Chief of Surgery for Providence Hospital and Union Hospital in Moose Jaw. 

Unit Support Worker/Unit Assist Week 2021: Linda

Linda has worked as a Unit Support Worker (USW) both in acute care and in detox for three years. She loves her job because she gets to watch people transition from a place of pain to a place of hope and faith.

Paramedic Services Week 2021:  Shantel

Shantel has been a paramedic for almost 10 years now. Her and her team starts each shift doing their daily unit checks to ensure their ambulances are ready to respond to emergency calls with all their necessary equipment. Her team spends their spare time refining their medical skills by completing professional development through online modules, skill station & scenario testing. If they have a slower day they take advantage by unwinding and trying their best to keep things light and airy when not on medical calls.

Disability Service Professionals Week 2021: Carolyn

Carolyn has worked as a Disability Support Worker for 13 years in Saskatchewan and a total of 25 years in the field. She works in a group home in an urban community, caring for five residents. She provides personal assistance with activities of daily living as well as cooks, cleans, orders groceries and provides recreational activities for her residents.

Disability Service Professionals Week 2021: Kate

Kate has been a support worker in a community group home for 9 years where she cares for four residents in the comfort of their own home. She works 11 hour shifts, only four of those hours have another staff on hand, the other seven hours she spends working alone.

When asked what Kate does, the shortest answer is what doesn’t she do? Her role goes well beyond providing personal care, cooking, and cleaning to also providing record keeping, medication administering, nursing, reporting, chauffeuring, teaching, house maintenance and entertaining.

National Biomedical/Clinical Engineering Week 2021: Jon

Jon has been a Biomedical Engineering Technician for seven years where he and his team take care of equipment at the hospital.

Jon was studying to be an MRT (Medical Radiology Technician) when he quickly realized his interest was in the equipment itself. He researched to find out that he could get a four year degree at a university to be qualified to make the devices or get a two year diploma  at NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) to repair them. Jon chose to be a Biomedical Engineering Technician.

National Biomedical/Clinical Engineering Week 2021: Brian

Brian has been a Biomedical Clinical Engineering Tech for 28 years, the last 4 have been in a supervisory capacity. Brian and his coworkers are a team of five in his Acute Care facility.  Working together, they fix all sorts of machines when they break down.

Brian explained the dynamics of the team as an analogy to an escape room. His team works really well; each has different ideas and abilities to come up with a solution to get to their end goal – proper functioning equipment. The team spirit of cooperation and common need to meet a challenge makes this work enjoyable. Brian looks forward to going to work every day.

Celebrating Continuing Care Assistant day 2021 with Frontline Hero Connie

Connie was a Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) in the Philippines for three years before coming to Canada, where she has been a CCA for the past eight years.

For Connie, she ensures that she listens to the needs of the residents and does her best to put a smile on each of their faces. Care plans include Activities of Daily Living (ADL) where she encourages independence as residents are able and appreciates the uniqueness of each resident. For someone with dementia, they may be able to brush their teeth, for example, but they wouldn’t remember to do it by themselves. Others need total care. To be a CCA, Connie says it is crucial to have a compassionate heart.  You must go to work with a positive attitude each day.

Linen Worker Appreciation Week 2021: Melanie

Melanie works in an urban long term care facility within both the Laundry and Housekeeping departments.

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