Nursing in a First Nations community

Transcript - Nursing in a First Nations community

Transcript - Nursing in a First Nations community

On screen text reads: Nursing in a First Nations community

Maranda Brown- Grant, on camera
I've been working as a Community health nurse for a few months now. I came up originally as a senior nursing student doing my last clinical placement. So I was up for a couple of months in the winter and then I came back as a registered nurse a few months ago.

Sheryl Chamberlain, on camera
I've been practicing in First Nations and Inuit health for 22 years. I've practiced as a community health nurse for the first two years and then after that I became the nurse in charge, so I was the manager.

Edith Martel, on camera
I learned to incorporate traditional as well as western medicine in my practice, gaining a great deal of respect for First Nations and people of the community.

Maranda Brown- Grant, on camera
One of the reasons why I stayed in this role is the diversity of your day to day work as well as your diverse role in the community. Day to day you can see patient that are chronic care, prenatal care, pediatrics, immunizations. You do triaging in emergencies -- so it's ever changing and requires a fast pace and I really enjoy that.

Various images of nurses conducting a variety of medical procedures on children and adults; such as examining patient eyes, ears and mouths, providing immunizations and examining patients in an emergency room.

Edith Martel, on camera
You're whole day is focused on whatever walks into the door and emergencies you have to deal with or working in clinics drawing blood…it's only as limited with what the needs of the community are.

Image of a male and female nurse drawing blood from a young child who is lying on his mother's lap.

Image of a mother filling documents with the guidance of a female nurse.

Image of two male nurses in a medical office, discussing.

Maranda Brown- Grant, on camera
Professionally, a challenge with working with a remote First Nation community would be the lack of modern equipment that hospitals have as well as diagnostic testing and stuff like that or specialists who patients need to see.

Images of male nurses using a computer, writing a report and preparing a patient's medicine.

Sheryl Chamberlain, on camera
Nurses are always on call during the night for emergency services. Some of those can be lengthy emergencies going as far as three days for example, if the weather is out and we can't get a patient out.

Images of a remote northern community during the winter and a floatplane on the lake loading passengers.  Image of a female nurse talking on the phone. Photo of a group of female and male nurses reviewing medical records.

Maranda Brown- Grant, on camera
Often communities go weeks at a time without a medical physician. So you're doing a lot of phone consults with doctors down south or on-call doctors. So they rely on you a lot for accurate information as well as comprehensive patient care. The challenges personally with living in a remote First Nations community would be the lack of modern amenities that are in the community you can't just run to the mall or go to the movies with your friends you can't go to sports games, none of that is accessible to you. Another thing would be, is that your friends and family are often quite a distance away. So your support system is changed.

Edith Martel, on camera
It's a whole different way of life and the challenges of the job and you're continuing to learn something new every day.

Maranda Brown- Grant, on camera
I feel that having the position as a remote community health nurse is an accomplishment in itself. I'm proud to say that I work in this community and have a role such as this.

Images of female nurses socialising in the kitchen and male nurses shopping in a store.

Sheryl Chamberlain, on camera
The community loves them and they love being up there.

Edith Martel, on camera
How often can you have a job where you live on the lake and be like on the cottage -- when you're not at work.

Image of a large lake interspersed with islands.

Image of a small boat docked on the shore.

Maranda Brown- Grant standing on the shores of Poplar River.

Images of clear water washing over large rocks.

So this is a spot in Poplar River that's about a 5 minutes' drive away from the nursing station where we come to fish and spend time because it's extremely beautiful and very peaceful.

Sheryl Chamberlain, on camera
Absolutely I would recommend this experience to everybody. I went up and I was supposed to have gone for one year term and I simply never left.

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