Saturday, April 23, 2011

An under appreciated occupation in Canada: Nursing

I'm impressed. And for those who knows me, I don't get impressed easily. Due to circumstances, mom has checked into Princess Margaret for her treatments. The doctors are very professional and the place does not resemble a hospital at all. Being family of patient or friends who needs to be admitted to a hospital, sometimes one ponders if there may be alternatives and would it be better to hire homecare to stay at home. However, PMH completely changed that thought. It specializes in specific fields of research and to be honest, I really cannot think of a better alternative given the situation. However, I am impressed not because of top-notch doctors or the hospital being one of the top 5 in the world; I am impressed because of the level of detailed planning gone into hospitality/food, and the nurses. Despite working long hours and over the holidays - the nurses continue to genuinely care for each patient and tries try their best to make everyone feel better, keep the environment clean of germs, give strict warning to visitors not to bring germs in, and listen to the patient attentively. I'm not going into too much details as there are much examples and I do not want to create some sort of unnecessary guideline for reference. All I can say is that the nurses doesn't get much credit for the type of work they do, and I am truly grateful at their professionalism and care they provide.

6 comments:

AJEYA RAO said...

That is very true. A nurse's job is a blend of techincal details and human touch. Very unique.

可可 said...

We have had mixed experiences with nurses. Some are caring and attentive to the patients; while others don't seem to care much. Sometimes they don't even seem to treat patients as human beings. It could be how efficient the hospitals are run, but we definitely hear lots of complaints about being overworked.

I haven't been able to catch you on MSN. Want to see how your mom is doing, and if she is released from the hospital. MSN / send an email when you have a chance.

niki yokota said...

hospital foods in japan are yukkk.
i would love to go that hospital when i need treatment :)
i hope your mom will get well soon!! take care.

Edmlee said...

@Ajeya: Yup, I agree! Sometimes they do unrecognized things behind the doc, quite unique indeed.

@Coco: That's true, as my mom stayed in longer; we did encounter some bad nurses but the bulk of them are still quite nice. Nurses working in specialized hospitals seem to be better as they can focus on their job while nurses in public hospitals seem to be overworked.

@Niki: Welcome back Niki! I'm surprised that Japan hospital foods are bad since I'm always a fan of Jap foods lol. Thanks for the wishes :)

niki yokota said...

awww thank you sooo much :D
friends say hospital foods smell and taste sweet(no spice, no chili).
what is your favorite JP food??

Edmlee said...

Niki-san, my favorite Jap foods comprises of Sashimi (sake/maguro are my favs, but not hamachi), and Uni :) I would love to hear about any suggestions that you might have for good Jap foods too! :) Take care~