Learning & Growing at NYGH
Fulfilling My Dreams at NYGH
For more than three years, I’ve worked as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) in NYGH’s Operating Rooms. Accuracy and responsiveness are key to the role as on every shift, it’s my job to ensure surgeons have exactly the right tools the moment they need them. To prevent contamination and infection, I must keep both myself and the surgical items sterile at all times throughout the surgery and maintain an accurate count of the equipment before, during and after surgeries.
Collaboration is NYGH’s Secret Sauce
Working in the Operating Room (OR) is my dream job and I’m thrilled to be doing it at North York General Hospital (NYGH). What I’ve noticed in my time here is that no one succeeds alone. It takes everyone working together to get the best outcomes for our patients, lending their expertise and going above and beyond to assist each other and our patients. That’s what has always amazed me about NYGH. It’s such a supportive environment and as a teaching hospital, there are always opportunities to learn and grow within your field.
Learning through the pandemic
While no one would ever say the pandemic was a good thing, it did give me a chance to broaden my abilities and develop a better understanding of patient care. I was asked to pitch in to provide bedside care on four different occasions, in a number of departments. At first, it was challenging since I don’t have that knowledge or experience. Over time, though, with the help of some amazing nurses, I became more comfortable. What surprised me was that even as they faced incredibly hard and confusing pressures around COVID-19, these nurses always kept their sense of purpose and smiles on their faces. I was truly blessed to learn from the best.
Being in nature and cooking keeps me centred
When I’m not working in the OR, I like to spend my time watching movies, cooking Indian food or being outdoors. It’s a great way to de-stress from the job and relax.
Winning the lottery was a highlight at NYGH
I have two memorable moments here at NYGH. One was the day I was hired full time, and the other was when I won the staff 50/50 draw. I still haven’t decided what to do with my lottery winnings yet, but I plan on treating myself to something special. I’m just not sure what that will be. I’m so proud to be a staff member here and the lottery gives me a chance to contribute. I’m thankful to be able to do so.
— Dipa Solanki