Nadeleine, Practical Nurse, North York General

Nadeleine is a Registered Practical Nurse at North York General Hospital (NYGH) and the latest winner of the hospital’s staff lottery. Our dedicated staff participate in the lottery as a fun way to give back to the hospital’s greatest needs. We wanted to learn about these winners and profile how they deliver exceptional care to patients every day. So, we asked Nadeleine to tell us about herself.

How long have your worked at North York General Hospital (NYGH)?

Sixteen years.

Where do you work in the hospital?

I work in Mother and Baby Unit.

What does your role entail?

I’m responsible for the care of the mother and baby, starting an hour or two post-delivery. My role with the baby entails physical care including taking vital signs, respiratory care, vaccinations (if needed), nutritional care and bathing. I also help the mom recuperate after childbirth, look after her mental and physical health, and provide information on how to care for her baby, including how to breast or bottle feed. There is a lot of information to share in a short time, as moms go home 24 hours after delivery or 48-72 hours after a C-section.

Why did you choose to work at NYGH?

When I was in nursing school at Humber College, my interest was maternity or emergency. I did my consolidation location (final work placement needed to graduate) in the maternity area of NYGH, which is what I wanted. My supervisor told me I was a natural, remaining calm and capable despite the stresses of the job. I was offered a position here and never looked back. I’ve always loved the job.

What has been your most memorable moment at NYGH?

I had a baby who was spitting up, and I could tell this case was unusual, so I called the Paedetrician right away. The doctor let me know there was an issue and the baby needed surgery. I was happy that I was able to catch the problem early and to know the baby was going to be okay.

What do you like about working at NYGH?

I love that it’s a teaching hospital. I like to see the different physicians come in and work with the residents and medical students. The physicians often start a conversation by asking “What do you think?” I know the learners gain a lot of knowledge from the experience.

Do you have a hobby you enjoy outside of work?

I’ve taken up gardening again. I’m growing vegetables and flowers. My mom taught me to garden when I was young, but I stopped doing it for a while. Now that I have a new home with a lot of land, I’m getting into it again. It’s a great outdoor activity to do during the pandemic. I also do carpentry. I made two benches this summer from slate and wood.

Why did you decide to join the staff lottery, besides the chance of winning?

I contributed to the Foundation before we had a lottery, because it was a way to help fund items that departments across the hospital need. When the lottery started, I joined to continue contributing. I consider North York General my second home and it’s my way of giving back.

What do you plan to do with your winnings?

I’m going to buy something nice for my myself and use the rest to help family. My daughter is starting post-secondary school this year and school expenses may come up. I also want to help my nieces and nephews.