Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Publications & Resources

March/April 2014

Publish Date: 
2014-04
Cover Story: 
Overcoming adversity

Meet three registered nurses who don't let obstacles stand in their way.

Lisa McKay
One of the first things patients notice about Lisa McKay is the set of white, DJ-calibre headphones she sports around her neck or over her ears at Pembroke Regional Hospital’s ER intensive care unit.

Lyn Garnett
In 1996, when Lyn Garnett started working in the operating room at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, she began to notice a troubling trend. Every time she’d pull on latex gloves or rip open the packaging of latex catheters, she’d become short of breath. When the surgeons used powdered latex gloves, she would experience palpitations and difficulty reathing. Her skin crawled with itchiness and hives popped up all over her body.

Lorrie Reynolds
At first, Lorrie Reynolds wasn’t completely troubled by what seemed like benign lower back pain two summers ago. The then-43-year-old avid runner – she used to clock 10 ilometres on a run – had just returned to her BondHead home after spending two weeks at the family cottage waterskiing and playing ball hockey. She assumed the pain was related to her sciatic nerve.

Online RNJ Content: Overcoming adversity
Registered Nurse Journal asked nurses to share their stories about facing adversity. In addition to the stories in the latest hard-copy edition of the magazine, we feature the experiences of two other RNs. They describe the challenges they've faced over the course of their lives and how it affected their nursing career.

Online RNJ Content: RNs learn about the other side of health care as cancer patients
In the March/April 2014 issue of Registered Nurse Journal, the Ryalls shared their touching story of living life to the fullest, despite having cancer. Here, the couple recounts the good and bad of nursing care from a patient’s perspective.

Online RNJ Content: Getting to know Vanessa Burkoski
Registered Nurse Journal Staff Writer Melissa Di Costanzo sat down for a one-on-one interview with Vanessa Burkoski, just weeks before Burkoski assumes her role as RNAO’s 53rd president. Here are some highlights from that interview.

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