Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Publications & Resources

September/October 2009

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The Nurse Next Door

Rural RNs like Melanie McBride care for their neighbours. The challenge is finding more people to work in small towns.

As she pulls her SUV out of her driveway, RN Melanie McBride makes a mental inventory of the supplies stored in the plastic drawers in the back. Gauze? Check.Wound dressing and packing supplies? Yes. Equipment to insert IVs and draw blood? Absolutely. Diapers? Just in case. McBride never knows what might be needed in a pinch when she checks in on her patients who may be on dialysis, undergoing chemotherapy or in need of wound care.