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Nurs­ing pi­o­neer in French-lan­guage ser­vices at Prince County Hos­pi­tal in Sum­mer­side re­ceives Étoile Santé for Jan­uary

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY -

Louise Bossé has been cho­sen as the Étoile Santé for the month of Jan­uary. She is be­ing rec­og­nized for her work as a pi­o­neer in French-lan­guage ser­vices at Prince County Hos­pi­tal.

The pur­pose of the P.E.I. French Health Net­work’s Étoile Santé cam­paign is to pro­mote, re­cruit and make peo­ple aware of health pro­fes­sion­als who of­fer French-lan­guage health ser­vices in Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

The Étoile Santé for the month of Jan­uary is Louise Bossé.

This P.E.I. nurse em­bod­ies the qual­i­ties of a model nurse: pa­tient, nurs­ing, calm, at­ten­tive and es­pe­cially, very com­pe­tent.

Orig­i­nally from Ed­mund­ston, N. B., Bossé was one of the first bilin­gual nurses hired in the wake of the adop­tion of the very first French ser­vices pol­icy, un­der the lead­er­ship of Premier Joe Ghiz.

“I com­pleted my stud­ies at Univer­sité de Monc­ton on De­cem­ber 8, 1990, and on De­cem­ber 12, I had a job on the Is­land. I started work­ing in Fe­bru­ary 1991. I was one of the first three bilin­gual nurses hired at Prince County Hos­pi­tal,” Bossé says.

The in­te­gra­tion of a team of bilin­gual nurses at the hos­pi­tal re­quired some ad­just­ments. It took a few years be­fore the hos­pi­tal fi­nally opted for a float team.

Bilin­gual nurses could then float from one ser­vice to an­other, where there was a de­mand.

“In all the de­part­ments where I worked, I tried to en­hance French-lan­guage ser­vices. I would al­ways ask for pam­phlets and in­for­ma­tion in French, in an ef­fort to im­prove the ser­vices. It was im­por­tant for me.”

A for­mer col­league wanted Bossé to be rec­og­nized as a star in French-lan­guage health ser­vices.

“I worked with Louise and saw how she in­ter­acted with pa­tients. She was also very sup­port­ive to­wards my fam­ily dur­ing a dif­fi­cult time. Louise is a gem who has played a sig­nif­i­cant role in shar­ing the French lan­guage in the field of nurs­ing, and she has done so with great pride!” says Mélanie Gal­lant.

Bossé has a phe­nom­e­nal mem­ory that al­lows her to re­mem­ber de­tails as spe­cific as the room num­ber where a par­tic­u­lar fam­ily was gath­ered around a sick or dy­ing rel­a­tive.

“We ob­vi­ously see peo­ple at times in their lives where they are vul­ner­a­ble. For Fran­co­phone clients, be­ing able to ex­press them­selves in French and know­ing that they’ll be un­der­stood can be a re­lief,” says the nurse who has been work­ing in the Emer­gency depart­ment since the open­ing of the new hos­pi­tal 10 years ago.

Bossé’s con­tact in­for­ma­tion can be found in the bilin­gual ser­vice provider direc­tory at www.san­teipe.ca/reper­toire. Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to nom­i­nate health pro­fes­sion­als who ac­tively of­fer French-lan­guage health ser­vices in Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Étoile Santé cam­paign or to nom­i­nate some­one di­rectly on the PEIFHN’s web­site, go to www.san­teipe.ca.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Sum­mer­side nurse Louise Bossé is Étoile Santé for the month of Jan­uary.

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