‘A dream come true’

Public health nurse Lyanne Bernard is pas­sion­ate about her work in Evan­ge­line area

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - HEALTH -

Public health nurse Lyanne Bernard is be­ing rec­og­nized this month through the P.E.I. French Health Net­work’s Étoile Santé cam­paign.

As a public health nurse, her po­si­tion is an es­sen­tial one when it comes to French healthcare ser­vices in the Evan­ge­line area.

“I al­ways wanted to be a nurse. I used to admire the nurse who came to visit my grand­fa­ther, Raphaël, who lived with us. I would watch her and be cap­ti­vated by her work.”

When she com­pleted her nurs­ing stud­ies at the Univer­sity of Prince Ed­ward Is­land in 2005, Bernard found a job right away at the Prince County Hos­pi­tal. In or­der to take her ca­reer in the di­rec­tion she wanted, public health, she and her hus­band moved to be closer to em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“My goal was to work in public health. When the public health nurse po­si­tion be­came avail­able at the Evan­ge­line Health Cen­tre, I ap­plied and got the job. It’s like a dream come true. I re­ally love my job.”

A public health nurse’s du­ties are mul­ti­ple and var­ied, and they aim to pro­mote, pro­tect and pre­serve in­di­vid­ual, fam­ily and com­mu­nity health. Bernard’s ter­ri­tory in­cludes Mis­couche and the Evan­ge­line area and ex­tends to Tyne Val­ley. Her re­la­tion­ship with her clients be­gins at birth.

“When ba­bies are born in my ser­vice area, they get re­ferred to me. I visit fam­i­lies at home to eval­u­ate the baby, mother and fam­ily. I’m there to an­swer any ques­tions par­ents may have and to sup­port them.”

It’s also im­por­tant to re­ceive ser­vices in one’s own lan­guage, she added.

“I al­ways wanted to be a nurse. I used to admire the nurse who came to visit my grand­fa­ther, Raphaël, who lived with us. I would watch her and be cap­ti­vated by her work.” Lyanne Bernard

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Public health nurse Lyanne Bernard, whose work ter­ri­tory in­cludes Mis­couche and the Evan­ge­line area and ex­tends to Tyne Val­ley, en­joys her pro­fes­sion, as well as the chance to of­fer ser­vices in French.

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