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Running for: Regional Director - Vancouver Coastal
Heather Wright graduated with her BScN in Nursing from the University of Windsor in 1980.
Having worked the requisite year in the hospital, I pursued my passion of Community Health Nursing with the Toronto, Victorian Order of Nurses. Within 2 years I accepted my first Nursing Leadership job at 27, as Clinical Supervisor.
Moving to Vancouver, with my husband in 1987, I secured a job first casually, with a new program to assess seniors who had cognitive and functional decline; the Short Term Assessment and Treatment Centre at VGH. I then shortly took the Clinical Co-ordinator position and learned from Vancouver's first Geriatricians and Geriatric Psychiatrist's the fundamentals and specialization that is Gerontology. It became my passion. Having stayed at the STAT Centre for 20 years, I then returned to Community Nursing, with the addition of the Vancouver Adult Day Centre contracts. I knew I wanted to be part of revolutionizing Senior's care in the community to allow clients to stay at home and be as independent as possible.
With a short stay as Manager of Residential Care in Purdy Pavilion, I continue to provide Leadership as the Manager of Home Health at the Three Bridges Community Health Centre. We are now working with the Frail Elderly Ministry project to improve quality of life by providing more intensive care management. This ensures linking with the Primary Care providers, stabilizing chronic disease and ensuring clients have end of life plans that respects their wishes and needs.
I come from a nursing family, where professional nurses were a service to the health of the community. Nurses provide consultation, public health, prevention, direct care and teaching and research and more. This is what makes us a profession. Nursing to me needs to remain more than just a job.