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National Nursing Week Profile: Gayle McCue

May 8, 2019

A dream job realized

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Gayle McCue, Remote Community Health Nurse, Kwadacha Nursing Station grew up watching North o​f 60 and her interest in nursing was inspired by the shows character, Sarah Birkett – a nurse who works at the Lynx River Health Centre. However, Gayle didn't always think she would become a nurse.

"I always wanted to be a farmer like my dad," says Gayle. "As I got older, I started noticing the good work that nurses do and from there my interest grew."

Gayle is from Northern Alberta and is Cree / Irish Metis. She has two grown sons, who she is extremely proud of. Gayle came to a cross-roads in her adult life and decided to take her future into her own hands, by pursuing a career in nursing. She went to UNBC as a mature student and has now been nursing for four years, one and a half years with FNHA she describes as her "dream job."

Kwadacha Nursing Station is a very busy clinic. Gayle's days are spent running through booked appointments, drops in's, case management and public health emergencies. She also does a lot of work in mental health at the clinic.

"I am constantly learning in this environment," Gayle says about her work days. "I love the autonomy I have to grow in my profession."

Relationship building, as a nurse in a Northern community, is an aspect of her work that Gayle views as a both an honour and a challenge. She recognizes the importance of the tightknit team at the clinic to be able to handle the everyday work load and build relationships.

"We are lucky to have such a dedicated doctor, Dr. Jeff Beselt, who certainly makes Kwadacha Nursing Station a stellar clinic!" exclaims Gayle. "Anne Timothy and Amy Burns (both share the Nurse in Charge, Remote Health Clinics role) also deserve a huge shout out for the work they do and team environment they have helped shape," continues Gayle.

Kwadacha is a two-nurse station, meaning Gayle is always on call, so she prioritizes self-care. She built a craft room in her nursing residence to aid in her self-care, and recently welcomed a new cat named Steven into her family! She works to stay connected with friends and family using all of the available technology. However, she is still a fan of using old fashioned snail mail to keep in touch!

Gayle is proud to be a member of the FNHA family and reflects on what it means to her,

"Resiliency, problem solving and a supportive environment help us to meet the demands of this important and challenging work.  We are healthcare groundbreakers on Turtle Island!"

 

Thank you, Gayle for all of your hard work!

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