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Policy & Advocacy: Health Awareness / Nursing Leadership


World No Tobacco Day: May 31, 2019

World No Tobacco Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the negative impact of tobacco on lung health. Diseases arising from tobacco use range from cancers to chronic respiratory disease. Nursing Knows beyond a doubt the negative impacts of tobacco use on health and well-being. Supporting World No Tobacco Day is an opportunity to take a stand on the negative impacts to health of tobacco use and to showcase the work that nurses do in the area of tobacco cessation.

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What do you love most about nursing?

Nursing is a wonderful career that offers many opportunities to help people improve their health. There are so many different areas to work and you can always explore new roles in various work sites. I have worked in ICU, labour and delivery, home care, public health nursing and population health and I have enjoyed all of these roles.
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What challenges do you face in your work?

There are challenges in our society to create supportive environments for health. Sometimes the easy choice is not the healthy choice. I have worked in tobacco reduction for the last 10 years and it’s still difficult to compete with the powerful and constant messaging from tobacco companies to sell these very addictive and harmful products to our youth.
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What is your biggest wish for nursing in B.C.?

I hope that our health care system continues to support nurses to be a key part of the health care team with an focus on prevention and self-management to help people reduce the use of acute care and live healthy lives. Let’s implement systems to help people leave the hospital or their physicians office with a plan to improve their health. I hope that nurses continue to be trained in our universities and colleges with education and practice including critical thinking skills, an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology, excellent communication skills and a focus on mental wellness.

I have been a nurse for 40 years and I’m so happy I chose this career. I have always had access to employment opportunities that gave me fulfilling work, a salary to support my life and many great relationships with co-workers.
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About Nancy

Originally from Ontario, Lindsay started her nursing career with Northern Health in 2006 as a Public Health Nurse. Since then, Lindsay has branched out in a variety of leadership roles both within and outside Northern Health, including Public Health Resource Nurse, Supervisor with Options for Sexual Health, Community Influenza Contract Nurse, and work at the local long-term care facility.
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Where do you work?

I work for Northern Health Authority in Terrace, B.C as a Regional Nursing Lead -Tobacco Reduction on the Population & Preventative Public Health Team.
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What do you like most about where you work?

I love that my job involves upstream thinking and focuses the health and well-being of our northern communities. I have the ability to work with many different people and groups across the north and all over the province to better serve and deliver health care. I love learning from my patients and colleagues to expand my knowledge and grow as an RN.