Behind The Scenes With A New Grad Nurse At The Scarborough Hospital

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Eunice Llagas’ relationship with The Scarborough Hospital began long before she ever started working there: “TSH has always provided exceptional care for my family and friends,” she says.

It was that care which inspired her to serve one of Canada’s most diverse communities as a Registered Nurse. “I believe in providing top-rate care to aid in healing and I wanted to be part of the community’s patient care experience.”

“TSH has staff which have been in the field for many years and they have great experience to share with new grads.” —Eunice Llagas, Registered Nurse, The Scarborough Hospital

While she was a Nursing (BScN) student at Ryerson University in Toronto, Eunice completed mental health and pediatric nursing placements at the hospital’s Birchmount Campus, about 10 km north west of the general campus at Lawrence Avenue East and McCowan Road.

She graduated in June 2011 and started in the hospital’s Telemetry unit – an area of the hospital where special machines are used to help staff closely monitor patients – this past January.

“On a day-to-day basis, I prioritize patient care over administrative duties. I try to speak with the patients and their families and friends as much as I can to get to know the patients and their conditions in order to make their journey toward recovery faster,” she says.

Although she sees herself staying in the Telemetry unit for the next year or so, she would eventually like to specialize in cardiology.

She plans to take Coronary Care I, a course on coronary syndromes and their complications, and pursue additional training in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and ICU. “It takes a lot of hard work to become a nurse, but it takes even a lot more hard work to be a successful nurse,” she says.

To get a better idea of what it’s like to start as a new grad RN at The Scarborough Hospital, we asked Eunice about her experience so far.

What kind of training did you receive when you first started?

Eunice: TSH has well-trained staff nurses to care for patients and allowing us to acquire knowledge further improves the quality of care.

I have already received the general, nursing and computer training, and I also spent a day with my educator learning IV pumps, insulin, Heparin (a medication used to treat and prevent blood clots in the veins, arteries or lungs) and other protocols in the hospital.

I am currently in the process of receiving unit training with different individuals on the nursing team and, in the future, I will take some classes related to cardiology at the general campus.

Do you find that you’re applying your education in your work at the hospital?

Eunice: I am always applying my education in my daily practice. There are also new skills, such as total parenteral nutrition (TPN) infusions (a way of supplying all the nutritional needs of the body by bypassing the digestive system and dripping nutrient solution directly into a vein), which I have not done in the past.

I refer to policies and procedures on iConnect, and talk with other nurses, educators, physicians and dietitians for further clarification.

What’s the best thing about working at The Scarborough Hospital?

Eunice: TSH has a very positive work environment. I am able to focus on learning in an environment where people have great patience to explain the simplest tasks in great depth to a new graduate like myself. TSH has staff which have been in the field for many years and they have great experience to share with new grads.

What advice do you have for students and new grads who are starting their nursing careers?

Eunice: In order to be successful as a nurse, you need to engage yourself in your own personal development as much as possible. In addition, have learning goals for each day or week and continuously evaluate yourself against them on an ongoing basis.

The Scarborough HospitalLearn more about current and upcoming career opportunities: visit The Scarborough Hospital’s profile.

 

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Cassandra Jowett is TalentEgg's Content Manager. She joined the team as a student intern in the summer of 2008, and since then her heart has never really left the Egg Carton. Cassandra is a recent graduate of the Ryerson University School of Journalism, where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism with a focus in writing and editing for newspapers. She has also written and edited for The Globe and Mail, The National Post, t.o.night newspaper and other publications.