Teri WellonTeri Wellon

RN, IPAC

I came to the QCH ED in 2005 as a student and did a placement there in my final year of nursing school and loved it so much that I moved here from Newfoundland to work in the ED. I worked at the Q for 11 years and ultimately left in 2016 for a full time IPAC job in Arnprior. It was heartbreaking to leave. I cried all the way to my car and all the way home, because the Queensway was my home away from home and my family away from my family. For 4 years I worked in other 2 other hospitals with amazing bosses and amazing coworkers. I grew as a nurse and an ICP and I learned so much, but I wasn’t content. My heart was at the Queensway, where I had my first job as a nurse, where I gave birth to my first baby and the place where I feel at home. QCH is where I go if my kids get sick, it’s my community hospital. I love working here and being here, surrounded by so many people who feel the same way I do about “the Q” as we lovingly call it. I want to make us better and provide safe, quality care to my community. I am so proud to be a part of the QCH team and even during a pandemic, there is no place I would rather be.

 

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Zuhur Hirad

Zuhur Hirad

RN, ICU Clinical Educator 

I chose nursing because it is a rewarding, diverse, and flexible career. I chose Queensway Carleton Hospital because I discovered numerous opportunities to expand my career. During my time here I’ve worked in critical care, acute medicine and even in childbirth. I’ve had many different roles, starting off as an administrative control clerk (ACC), to Registered Nurse in critical care and more recently in clinical education. I’ve learned from so many experienced and talented health care providers working in a variety of clinical backgrounds. The collaborative environment at Queensway Carleton Hospital is second to none. At QCH, professional and academic growth is made easy due to a variety of learning and development funds, and support from leadership. For me, obtaining my Post-Graduate degrees while implementing various QCH projects to enhance clinical practice has diversified my experience. There is a tangible satisfaction in helping others achieve their goals whether it be in clinical practice, nursing education or meeting corporate objectives. Having an influence on patients, nurses, students and the community as whole is the ultimate reward. Thanks QCH!


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Valentin Sasu

Valentin Sasu

RN, Med/Surg 

Years before I was in nursing, I saw an ad promoted by an international organization. It showed a natural disaster in a city and all its people, but one, were running away. That one person was running towards the epicenter of the disaster. That person was a frontline worker. Today, I am associating myself with that person. Like them, I follow my calling regardless of the pandemic, natural disasters, or conflict. I believe that trust will move mountains. Especially during challenging times trust is won and not given. Through your skills, knowledge and values you must prove to your patients, your team, your leaders — and most importantly, to yourself — that you are reliable and trustworthy. Once you've earned that trust you have to maintain it.


I associate QCH with a "Swiss Watch" where everyone knows what they are doing — and they are doing it well. As a nurse I feel like one part of this healthcare mechanism and that makes me happy. With the increased acuity on C4, I have memorable moments every single shift, but I still remember my first few days on the unit. The new environment and processes were contributing to my levels of anxiety and stress, however, the C4 team was there for me helped me a lot. The strength of the C4 unit is its team and I am proud to be part of it.


I will never forget 2020, not because of the pandemic but because this is the year my son was born. Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how we are going to live our lives. This is true for me as a nurse, for me as a father, for me as citizen. Stay positive people!



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Shannon Adams

Shannon Adams

RN, Childbirth Clinical Educator

I started working at QCH 13 years ago after I consolidated here in Labour and Delivery. I loved my consolidation so much and knew I wanted to continue my career here. I was hired into the Childbirth program and have worked on the unit ever since.

 

Now, I'm the Clinical Educator for the Childbirth program.

 

I love this hospital because of the community feel while still having all the amenities of a large hospital and because of the people who work here. I went casual few years back to work at another hospital to be closer to home, and I very quickly realized how much I missed QCH and the people here. I returned a short while later and felt like I was home again.

 

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Delaney Hopper

Delaney Hopper

RN, Surgery

I was given the opportunity to complete my consolidation on our inpatient surgical floor with an incredible preceptor who taught me an abundance of skills and knowledge! I knew that I wanted to start my career on this floor at QCH! First off, the new hire orientation was extremely thorough- I was very impressed!

 

Starting on the unit has been nerve-racking and challenging, but I have quickly realized that my colleagues are supportive and friendly. QCH really embraces teamwork, which contributes to a community feel. My manager, Cindy, is incredible and extremely approachable.

 

I feel as though I can be myself at work and I feel motivated to learn in order to be better every day. It has been an excellent start to my career at the Queensway Carleton Hospital!


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Christopher and Matt Romeo

Christoper and Matthew Romeo

RNs, Med/Surg 

We’re Chris and Matt, two recent new RN grads working together on the medicine/surgery unit C4. As fraternal twins, we have been confusing our fellow coworkers. Originally from the east coast of Canada, we came to Ottawa to pursue our education.

 

Funny enough, we both chose to nurse, attended the same school, had the same placements, and now work together on the same unit. Even though we are very different we had many experiences of people confusing us — but not nearly as much as now with having masks covering up any features that distinguish us apart.

 

We chose to work at QCH based on the fun and numerous learning experiences we heard from friends and previous classmates. It seemed like the perfect fit for a new graduate nurse looking to expand and solidify their knowledge. Our coworkers have shown us generous support and amazing team dynamics every day on our unit. We hope to continue expanding, strengthening, and utilizing the nursing knowledge we acquired throughout nursing school and hope to branch into the critical care setting later down the road in our careers.

 

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