I have been nursing for 15 years, and the majority of those have been working in remote areas within AB, BC, MB and Nunavut in a variety of capacities (flight nursing, outpost and public health).
As I thrive off of variety, working as a Remote Certified Nurse (RNc) with Solutions throughout B.C has suited my nursing career. I have a larger scope of practise then a non-certified nurse, which is challenging at times. You must be an individual that is responsible and accountable for your nursing practise, such as keeping current with certifications and the latest practise standards. Outpost nursing is ideal for problem solvers and those that can “think outside the box.” Remote Nurses are often placed in unique situations and I have learnt that the strong decision making skills is a necessity. However, when I have had to consult with Solutions in regards to clinical issues, they have always provided me with the answers and support I needed. I have, without a doubt, become a stronger leader since I began my journey as a RNc with Solutions.
RNcs are able to bridge the gap in many of the services that remote areas face by offering a wide range of diverse care, which I find very rewarding. For example, on any given day I may suture a patient, attend a home visit, complete Pap, do a STI test and draw bloodwork. In addition, we deal with many emergencies, such as chest pain, seizures or trauma. I have even helped deliver a baby on one remote assignment!
Returning to the different First Nations communities over the years has allowed me to build a strong rapport with many of my patients and local clinic staff. The communities are welcoming and always happy to see us back! I was on assignment in Laxgalts’ap in the Nisga’a territory intermittently for over a year, and very much considered part of the community. I attended many of the ceremonies and feasts, and was grateful to have learnt so much about the Nisga’a culture. RNcs don’t just work in a community, they become part of the community, which is truly fulfilling.
I have never gotten bored on my many adventures and I am blessed to have such an assortment of experiences. As an RNc, I have been given the opportunity to visit the hidden gems around our beautiful province with scenery that I never imagine existed. However, perhaps the best part of these assignments is to work alongside some truly inspiring coworkers.
Dominica L., RN(C)