Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Publications & Resources

November/December 2008

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Lessons in leadership: Nursing through visitors’ eye

RNs from Ontario and China take part in an exciting partnership to share knowledge in new ways.

When Karen Gaunt, manager in the emergency department at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital, learned a blunt trauma victim was on his way to the hospital for care, she immediately thought about Jianing Li, a visiting nurse from Beijing. Gaunt enlisted the help of a few resourceful colleagues to find the Chinese nurse and her translator – who were touring other units of the hospital – because she wanted the visitor to witness first-hand the work of Canadian health-care professionals in an emergency situation. Li made her way up to the emergency room just in time to watch a waiting team of nurses, physicians and respiratory therapists tend to the man’s injuries. She was still watching as he was rushed off to the operating room.