Providence Health Care Nurses Honoured with BC Nursing Awards

Vancouver, May 14, 2009 — During National Nursing Week (May 11-17), Providence Health Care (PHC) is recognizing and celebrating the dedication of our nurses in providing exceptional care, teaching, service and research within the organization.
PHC employs 2,300 nurses including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and registered psychiatric nurses. As a truly diverse group of health care professionals, PHC's nurses work as caregivers for the frail and elderly, as nurse practitioners on the cutting edge of practice, as leaders with management responsibilities, as researchers for the Providence Heart + Lung Institute, and as educators - both in PHC's hospitals and at colleges and universities.

“Our nurses care for hundreds of thousands of British Columbians and their families each year,” says Dianne Doyle, PHC's President and CEO, and a Registered Nurse who began her career in health care as a staff nurse at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. “They spend more face-to-face time with patients than any other health care professional. Nurses provide the knowledgeable, caring presence at the bedside that our patients and residents need every day, and at Providence Health Care, we are genuinely appreciative of their contributions.”

Recently, seven of PHC's nurses (listed below) were honoured with awards from the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. (CRNBC).

“The individual nurses being recognized have done an exceptional job supporting patients, families and their own colleagues,” says Doyle. “They are representative of all of the nurses at Providence that continually set high standards that others aspire to match.”

Numerous activities and special events are taking place across PHC's sites to celebrate Nursing Week.

Each year, the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) recognizes registered nurses in British Columbia who have made outstanding contributions to the profession, and demonstrated excellence in relation to CRNBC's Professional Standards for Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners in British Columbia. This year, seven of the CRNBC Awards of Excellence winners are PHC nurses:

• Sandra Barr, Award of Excellence in Nursing Administration
• Candy Garossino, CRNBC Award of Distinction in Nursing
• Janice Muir, CRNBC Award of Advocacy
• Bonita Elliott, CRNBC Award of Excellence in Nursing Administration
• Howard McCarthy, CRNBC Award of Excellence in Nursing Practice
• Katherine Gerry, CRNBC Rising Star Award
• Faith Forster, CRNBC Award of Distinction in Nursing

Providence Health Care (PHC) is one of Canada's largest faith-based health care organizations, operating 14 health care facilities in Greater Vancouver that provide acute, residential, rehabilitation and community kidney dialysis services. Guided by the principle “How you want to be treated,” PHC's 1,000 physicians and 6,000 staff deliver compassionate care to more than 450,000 patients and residents each year. Teaching and research are conducted in affiliation with the University of British Columbia and other institutions of higher education. PHC's facilities include: St. Paul's Hospital, Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, Holy Family Hospital, St. Vincent's Hospitals (Brock Fahrni Pavilion and Langara), Youville Residence, Marion Hospice and community dialysis clinics in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, Sechelt, Squamish and Powell River.


Megan Birnie
Providence Health Care Communications
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