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The path less travelled

The Report: December 2010 vol.31 num.6

WHEN TRINA NGUYEN ACCEPTED A POSITION as pharmacist at Surrey Memorial Hospital in 2006, she was definitely choosing the path less travelled ... at least, less travelled by recent graduates of university pharmacy programs.

-Less than 10 per cent of pharmacy graduates go into hospitals. We are not trained for this in school; we are trained to work as retail pharmacists," says Nguyen. -I was only introduced to hospital work in my final year of school; by then most students had signed contracts with retail outlets."

Uncovering the secrets of the heart

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The Report: December 2010 vol.31 num.6

TILLY HISCOCK TAKES CARE OF HEARTS ... both literally and metaphorically. As a Pacemaker Technologist at Burnaby Hospital, she sees patients once or twice a year to make sure their pacemakers are functioning properly. So in a way, her job revolves around this life-saving battery-operated biomedical device that keeps hearts beating steadily.

Surprise me

The Report: December 2010 vol.31 num.6

LIKE MOST BRITISH COLUMBIANS, I was both surprised, and not surprised, by Gordon Campbells resignation.

Surprised by the exact timing; only a week earlier. Mr. Campbell had re-arranged his cabinet, hired a new chief of staff and press secretary, and spent $250,000 of your money on a prime-time TV broadcast announcing he planned to spend a further $2 billion of your money on a tax cut he hoped would restore his popularity. Not what youd expect from someone planning to step aside a few days later.

H1N1 lessons can make your workplace safer

The Report: October 2010 vol.31 num.5

DELEGATES TO THE 2010 HSA CONVENTION in Vancouver asked a number of questions about last year's outbreak of novel H1N1 influenza strain; why certain decisions were made, and what we've learned to help us prepare for the next outbreak.

Why weren't cardiology technologists considered frontline workers and immunized along with nurses and doctors?

Off to a great start

The Report: October 2010 vol.31 num.5

MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGIST Kylah Sorenson has got her career off to an excellent start by attaining a perfect GPA of 4.33, the highest mark in her graduating class at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George. Even more gratifying, she has been awarded a prestigious Governor General's bronze medal for academic achievement.

Sorenson, who graduated in February of this year, is now happily working as a Laboratory Technologist at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia.

A sad anniversary

The Report: October 2010 vol.31 num.5

THIS PAST SEPTEMBER 16 marked a sad anniversary for children with special needs in this province. Last year on this date, BCs Children and Family Development Minister Mary Polak announced funding cuts of more than $3 million for autism services for children under age six.

As a result of this decision, Victorias Queen Alexandra Centre for Child Health laid off 40 highly trained behavioural interventionists and closed its autism behaviour intervention program.

What does my OHS Committee do?

The Report: August 2010 vol.31 num.4

DELEGATES TO THE RECENT HSA CONVENTION in Vancouver asked a number of questions about the role and responsibility of workplace occupational health and safety committees:

When should worksite inspections occur, who organizes them and how are members freed up to do them?

Looking back on a distinguished career

The Report: August 2010 vol.31 num.4

AS DIETITIAN SANDRA HOMENUK heads into retirement, shes pleased to see that the profession shes leaving looks very, very different than the one she entered 40 years ago.

-I started working in the fall of 1970," says Homenuk, who retired from her position as Dietetics Practice Leader at BC Womens and Childrens Hospital on July 29th. -It was a time when there were kitchen maids, not kitchen aids."

Little Travellers make big impact

The Report: August 2010 vol.31 num.4

THE TINY BEADED FIGURE HSA member JoanneSchwartz wears on her lanyard every day at workcould be dismissed as just a colourful trinket.However, for Schwartz and for over 100 SouthAfrican women infected with HIV, along withtheir families, this ornament has more valuethan the most luxurious of necklaces.

In fact, it represents survival, health, financial security, human dignity, and the power of ordinary people to make a difference in the face of the searing tragedy that is the AIDS/HIV epidemic in Africa.

We're looking for a few champions

The Report: August 2010 vol.31 num.4

SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE, and while I hope that all of you have an opportunity to slow things down and spend time with family, here at HSA were moving forward on several fronts.