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A Day In The Life Of An RN At Trillium Health Centre


Deven Singh has only been working as a registered nurse for about a year, but you can tell she’s passionate about it.

The 27-year-old York University nursing grad uses only positive words to describe her work at Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga, Ont. – even the most challenging aspects of it.

What she’s most positive about,though, is the support she’s received from her co-workers since starting her pre-grad placement at Trillium in September 2009.

“Trillium’s nurses, mentors, educators, managers, clinical leaders and doctors collectively bind together to help educate new grads so they may be confident in their practice, as they are a vital part of the team,” she says.

Since then, she’s trained and worked on the 3C surgery unit, where she recently started working full-time! Congrats Deven!

Keep reading to find out what it’s like to start your career as a registered nurse at Trillium.


A day in the life of Deven Singh

Q. What was it like to start at Trillium as a new grad?
A. Since I had previously done my pre-grad on 3C surgery, transitioning into the role as a registered nurse was a positive experience. During the orientation period, my educators scheduled information sessions, classes and clinical placement hours to get me thoroughly acquainted with Trillium’s and the unit’s expectations.

Throughout my starting at Trillium, I was continuously supported by many colleagues. I had a preceptor for six months while I became familiar with the floor, improved on my skills and gained an understanding of the complexity of post-operative patients.  I was encouraged to ask many questions and there was always someone around who was more than happy to answer them.

Q. What’s the first thing you do when you start each shift?
A. Before starting each shift I say a little prayer, greet my colleagues and ask how their shifts went. Next I check my assignment, go print my work sheet, and read up about my patients in the Kardex.  I like to get in a little early so I have time to look things up that I may not know.

Q. Who do you work with?
A. I work with a variety of interdisciplinary teams, nurses, doctors, educators, mentors and anyone else who needs to be involved in order to optimize the quality of care for the surgical patients our unit tends to.

Q. What’s a typical shift like?
A. Fast-paced! 3C surgery is a fast-paced surgical unit with an ever changing environment. The surgical patients tend to have multiple co-morbidities that create challenges in post-operative care.  This adaptive environment is constantly filled with communication and strong team resources to optimize patient care.

The day typically consists of ongoing assessments and troubleshooting with colleagues to respond to challenges that arise.


This is what we really want to know

Q. What’s the best part about working as a registered nurse at Trillium?
A. The best part about working as an RN at Trillium is that the team of staff genuinely wants to see the new grads flourish into strong, confident, competent nurses. Therefore, even on the toughest days you will always have the cohesiveness of the team to support and help you though.

Q. What’s the most challenging part?
A. Time management is critical in nursing especially when surgical patients are acute and can quickly go from stable to unstable. Managing the day to promote quality patient care can often be a challenge.

Q. What is one thing that surprised you about being an RN at Trillium once you actually started working?
A. I was amazed at the overwhelming support I received when I started and that it continues even until this very day. It makes the day more enjoyable to come to work with a team that continuously supports each other.

Q. What is one thing you wish someone had told you before you graduated?
A. I believe my schooling did an excellent job in preparing me for the nursing workforce. Nursing was always portrayed as a dynamic career which will require continuous education to adapt to the ever-changing environment. This is exactly what my first year of nursing has been!

Q. What advice would you give to a nursing student who is a few years behind you?
A. Ask a million questions, and then ask a million more. The textbook can only teach you so much. The rest is experience and practice. Every day I ask questions — my colleagues can testify to it!

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About the author

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.