I started working with a friend at age 23, and I still have not finished the job I set out to do.
The first day, I saw a friend who had just had surgery, and said, “You’ve got to go.”
My first week of being a physiotherapy nurse practitioner, I spent time with the patient, asking her about her day and her plans.
As she talked about her pain, I knew the answers to my questions: she needed to work out her pain and her pain would be better if she had more time to do that.
In a way, I was part of her recovery.
I saw that she was getting the treatment she needed, and that the treatment was helping her feel better.
I also saw that the patient wanted to keep going, and she had done the work to get there.
She was happy and determined to keep working toward her goal of recovery.
And as we worked together, I became her advocate.
I could see the progress I was making in my patient’s life, and it made me feel great.
I learned so much about my profession.
I felt empowered to keep helping my colleagues succeed.
Physiotherapists make a living caring for people who have suffered injuries or illness and providing care for those who are unable to work.
But the practice also has a role to play in our society and our communities.
When I saw people in the medical profession who were struggling with chronic pain, it was time to give them some help.
When a new patient comes to me with a chronic condition, I can be there to help her to understand the importance of getting her life back on track.
I can also help them find a way to keep getting the help they need.
The more I cared about the well-being of others, the more I felt I could do that for myself.
When it came time to start work at the medical center, I took on a full-time role as a physiotherapist.
I wanted to take care of my patients and make sure they were safe.
I knew I had to work hard to help them.
I had a passion for the profession.
When the nurse practitioner program opened in 2018, I had my heart set on the position.
I was eager to get to know my colleagues and make an impact.
But it wasn’t always easy to find the time.
My boss didn’t always like the fact that I worked remotely, and the nurses were reluctant to be in my presence.
The new position offered me a lot of freedom.
I didn’t have to deal with my colleagues, and they didn’t know what they were doing.
I found myself spending more time with my patients than I ever had before.
And I got to help people who weren’t comfortable with their work.
It’s been a blessing to work with people who are so talented.
The nurses and I have been fortunate to work in such a dynamic environment.
It feels so great to be able to make the transition from being a full time nurse to a fulltime physiotherapist.
At the same time, I also learned about the importance that a nurse practitioner has in the community.
The community supports me when I feel like my patients need help, and if there is something I can do for them, I’m ready to help.
In 2019, I began working full time at the center, and after a year and a half, I moved to another location.
Now, I work as a full nurse at a hospital, and work nights and weekends.
I am proud to call myself a nurse, but I also want to be a part of the community I love so much.
It was a big change to be back in my old job and be in a different setting.
But I am so grateful to be here.
It felt like a dream come true when I saw the community support me and the people who helped me through this transition.