Nurse of the Month: Megan Scott, RN BN

By Orycia Karpa posted 08-10-2022 15:10

  

“Within the last year, I feel I’ve really found my place,” says Megan Scott. “I love working in public health because I feel like I am treating the person and not just the illness. This gives me the opportunity to provide long-lasting care.”

Underprivileged people pop into Megan’s public health office in Brandon, Manitoba every day because it is a safe and happy place for them.

“If I can make someone feel happy, loved, and cared for, then I feel like I am doing my job,” says Megan.

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Megan’s nursing career began when she graduated from Assiniboine Community College with a licensed practical nursing diploma in September 2015. She worked rurally for a few years before deciding to get her nursing degree from Brandon University.

“During that time, I found my passion for community-based nursing, and I knew I didn’t want to work in a hospital forever,” says Megan.

Megan took a senior practicum position in public health and fell in love with it right away. She’s been working in Brandon’s public health system ever since.

During the first year and a half of the COVID-19 pandemic, Megan did a lot of outreach work with the homeless in Brandon. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted some gaps in Brandon’s health system.

I would love it if we had more options for this demographic. We need better resources, more shelters, and affordable housing options in Brandon. If we could give more people a safe place to sleep, that would make a world of a difference. My goal is to reduce the stigma of homelessness and treat everyone equally no matter where they come from. It is important to treat everyone with respect and give them the help they need and deserve.

Once COVID-19 investigations stopped, Megan’s role transitioned to healthy sexuality and harm reduction, which is where she works now. They focus on testing and treatment for sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections, birth control, pregnancy counselling, and therapeutic abortion counselling.

“I love working here so much,” says Megan. “We walk around downtown with backpacks so we can connect people with the resources they need, provide harm reduction, and create lasting relationships.”

When Megan first became a nurse, it was because she wanted to help people feel better. But now, she feels her reason for why she is a nurse has evolved.

“I am a nurse because I want to use my knowledge and privilege to help others,” says Megan.

Megan also believes it is important to continue to learn and evolve as a nurse. Megan has been an ARNM member since 2017 and recently became an ARNM Board Director in May.

“I think it is important to be an ARNM member because of the education and professional development opportunities they provide, especially the weekly Talk Tuesday webinars,” says Megan. “ARNM’s community is also very important because it connects me with nurses in various specialties across Manitoba.”

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