Meet our nurse Florence

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It’s National Nursing Week.

At Spectrum Health Care we have 280 amazing nurses who are a vital part of our home care team. Our nurses provide specialized care to our patients outside of the hospital setting. They are dedicated, passionate and care about what they do.

In honour of National Nursing Week we will be profiling four nurses.

Continue reading to find out what Florence Musa loves about being a community nurse.

1. Why did you become a nurse?

Our eldest sister Bernice is the first registered nurse in the family. I was inspired by her dedication, working as a staff nurse and clinical instructor in the hospital. She wore her white uniform and nursing cap with pride.

2. What’s unique about being a nurse in the community?

What’s unique about being a nurse in the community is delivering nursing care in a place where the patient has more control of their environment and the ability to maintain their independence and self-esteem. Nursing in the community allows me to provide general assessment, review of current treatments, treatments to correct existing problems, education for patients and families, and a chance to provide the best quality of care.

3. What do you wish people knew about nurses?

I want people to know that as a visiting nurse, we are here to listen and will provide our patients with the best quality of care based on their needs. We will work together as a team to ensure the patient is able to manage their health and be independent with their own care plan.

4. What is the most challenging part of the job?

The most challenging part of the job is a patient’s status can change overnight or even in seconds. You have to solve a patient’s problems using your critical thinking skills, and take actions within the scope of your nursing practice.

5. What is the most rewarding part of the job?

The most rewarding part of the job is when I see my patients smile and show appreciation for the care that I provide to them. Working as part of a team, I am able to establish a good relationship with the team of doctors, case managers and other services to meet the same goal. To give my patients the best quality of care is ultimately the most rewarding part of being a nurse.

6. What patient/family has impacted your practice the most?

I have palliative patients that I handle as a primary nurse during which I provide care from stable status to deteriorating status. It’s hard to see them suffering, to feel the sadness and concerns from their families. It affects me, but I continue to talk to the family and show support. Each patient and their families impact me in different ways.

7. What are some of your favorite activities to do outside of work?

My favorite activities outside of work including attending service every Thursday evening at my church in Brampton with friends. Every second Saturday of the month as a member of a prayer group, I pray with 25 other members who gather at the church. And every month I see my 9 colleagues from Spectrum Health Care for dinner.

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