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Registered Nurse, Operating Room
Vancouver General Hospital

“When I worked on a surgical unit I used to wonder about the operating room procedures and the teams who carried them out. So when the opportunity came for me to take the OR nurse training I jumped at the chance.

I love what I do and the people I work with are amazing. I remember a young patient who had a stuffed toy she had carried with her everywhere, throughout her medical ordeal. She wanted to bring her little companion into surgery with her, but there are some challenges with that because of infection control and other factors. I was on the surgical team the day that girl came into the operating room for her procedure. I was surprised to see the little toy with her. Some of the nurses had got together and made a complete sterile surgical outfit for her little friend so he could watch over her during the operation. It made me tear up. Surgery is frightening and those nurses knew that having her best friend with her was the most important thing for that girl. I see people here doing that kind of thing all the time, and it’s those things that make all the difference.”

Telma has worked in VCH facilities since 2000. Learn about career opportunities in nursing.

One thought on “Telma”

    Maureen says:

    Such a lovely story, Telma. It made me tear up too.

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