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November's Nurse of the Month: Maureen MacDonald, RN, BScN, MN (NP)

By Kahla Evans posted 16 days ago

  

Maureen MacDonald started her nursing career almost 30 years ago and has worked all over our province and beyond.

After graduating from Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, Maureen worked as a General Duty Nurse in Thompson.

From there, she found herself in Dialysis at Health Sciences Center, then Emergency.

She worked in different nursing stations across Northern Manitoba, Flight Nursing in Nunavut, a mobile clinic in the Interlake region, Coast Guard icebreaking ships on the East Coast, Community Clinics in the North End of Winnipeg, and taught at RRC Polytech.

"I've been able to see the world and travel and work at the same time," says Maureen. “In nursing you don't have to get bored because you can just go to a different area. It's all about learning and wanting to learn and taking the challenge. I've always had amazing people to show me the ropes.”

During height of the pandemic, Maureen also worked at testing sites and was part of the Rapid Response Team that went up to Northern Manitoba, saying that it was a great to see everyone come together as a team.

"I was very fortunate to be able to work up there and the people are amazing, just the whole landscape pulls you up there."

Maureen is still dedicated to bringing healthcare to communities that are in need, working in a Connected Care Clinic in the North End of the city; as well as at a hospital in Swan Lake run by Nurse Practitioners.

"You have to like what you do, but you have to be around people who are positive. I've always said I treat people the way I would want someone to treat my mother. Just that respect that's so important."

Her mom was also a nurse. “I've always liked being a nurse, my mom was a nurse, and you know she never complained, she never said don't go into nursing, she just always came home with these beautiful stories.”

And it’s not just her mom that’s inspired her as a mentor. Maureen says she’s always worked with encouraging groups of people, who helped her and allowed her to hone her skills.

"I've been fortunate that I've always had amazing mentors I've always surrounded myself with people who love it," she says. “I think that working as a team is so important and don't feel like you're alone. Don't be scared to ask for help, try something new, challenge yourself. It's so important to look for those new opportunities. It'll keep you fresh and wanting to keep going."

She adds that she has seen quite a bit, and even when you’re battling through a lot or dealing with criticisms, you’re still helping people when they need it most, and that can be extremely fulfilling.

"I have no regrets for any of my education or the challenges I've done and if I went back, I think I’d do the exact same thing." Maureen says. "I think nursing is one of the best professions out there. We are well respected, and we deserve that respect and we're fortunate everyone can come into nursing from all walks of life, all backgrounds. It's a great profession."

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