Community Health Nurses Lacey Woloshyn and Jessica Hardwicke are part
of a group of health professionals in Northern B.C. that will receive
the Frances Montgomery Compassionate Communities Caregiver Award.
winning team is composed of our FNHA nurses, homecare nurses in Port
Simpson, physicians on the palliative care team in Prince George, nurse
practitioner Shirley Nixon, as well as the family of the community
member that passed away.
"We were all surprised and grateful to win the award. The recognition means so much," said Lacey Woloshyn.
Frances Montgomery Award honours individuals who demonstrate an
empathetic approach to healthcare. This award recognizes community
caregivers that provide support for people who are in their final stages
of life. The award also celebrates individuals who go above and beyond
in supporting people who are experiencing bereavement. Life and Death
Matters, a palliative care education program for support workers, create
and sponsor this award.
As nurses based in the community, Lacey
and Jessica often work so closely with families – providing daily
palliative care visits – that they are invited to join the funeral
services of their patients.
Recently, when a community member
passed away, the nurses along with the whole the team went above and
beyond to support the family and community member by providing homecare
support for the family until further support arrived. It was for this
reason that the team was selected for the Compassionate Caregiver Award.
As award winners, the group will receive $500 to further develop
their palliative care skills. They will decide together how to best use
these funds to improve palliative care services for their patients in
Sandra Stanley, Northern Health Palliative Nurse
Consultant, mentored and worked with Lacey and Jessica in palliative
care services and she nominated them for this award.
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