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National Nursing Week - Meet Cathy

I’ve wanted to be a pediatric nurse for as long as I can remember. My grandmother was a nurse, and I knew from an early age, this was something I wanted to do as well. I have been in the field for over 20 years, as a nurse in the emergency department of Sick Kids and now as a nurse for Peel CAS.
In my role, I work with families and parents to assess monitor and foster the development of infants and toddlers under 18 months. I teach parents and caregivers about infant care, nutrition, growth development and safety. I also provide support to mothers experiencing postpartum depression and other mental health disorders by connecting them to appropriate supports in the community. Many of our families are not able to access services in their community. I help bridge this gap and offer support in their interactions with doctors, community service providers and other workers within the agency.
I love being able to work with families in their home environment helping them access supports. I recently worked with a mother and her two children. Amma*, the youngest child was nine months old and her weight classified below the third percentile on the World Health Organization (WHO) growth chart. Over a period of five months, I spent time educating the mother on nutrition and feeding, as well as attending pediatric doctor appointments together with the family. As a result, the mother and I were able to close Amma’s nutritional gaps. It has been extremely rewarding seeing Amma's improvements. Working as a nurse, I get to see how resilient children are in the face of adversity and how families can pull together in a crisis to make the best of a bad situation. The work that we do with families is not always easy, but we continue to work hard for moments where we make a difference.  

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May 6-12 is National Nursing Week

National Nursing Week is a time to honour our registered nurses for their contributions to the well-being of our children and families.

As Infant Care Consultants our nurses are devoted in their desire to keep children thriving and help parents become better parents. They support families with infants 18 months and younger and medically fragile children over the age of two. Skilled communicators, our nurses promote infant well-being through caregiver support and education; balancing emotional and physical care.