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Nurses are changing lives and shaping tomorrow

Posted: May 9, 2024

Nurses have a profound impact on patients, clients, and residents across the province.

At Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) Health Services, patients, families and colleagues look to nurses daily for care, compassion, respect, knowledge, and encouragement when patients are at their most vulnerable.

Whether it is providing frontline care or working behind the scenes to support program development, nurses play a key role in shaping a better health-care future for Newfoundland and Labrador.

During National Nursing Week (May 6-12), we would like to especially express ongoing gratitude to those who have chosen this noble profession. Please read on to learn more about some of the great work that nurses are doing throughout the province.

Mental health
Meet Shona Stoyles, a psychiatric nurse based in Clarenville. She offers early intervention and case management for clients dealing with both mental and physical health challenges, focusing on prevention and promoting overall health. Shona’s use of e-mental health tools contributes to positive changes in the health and well-being of her clients and their families.

Learn more about e-mental health.

Shona Stoyles, RN psychiatric nurse, Clareville, NL 

Organ donation

Organ procurement and exchange of Newfoundland and Labrador (OPEN) program nurses, St. John’s, NL

Nurses play a significant role in organ donation, from identifying potential donors and supporting families facing end-of-life decisions, guiding them through the donation process with empathy and compassion.

Nurses in the Organ procurement and exchange of Newfoundland and Labrador (OPEN) program act as bridges between health-care teams and organ procurement organizations to facilitate the life-saving procedure of organ donation, and to cultivate a sense of healing and connection for those touched by the gift of organ donation.

To learn more about this program, please visit: Organ donation.

Emergency services and virtual ER

Ashley Newbury, BN, RN and Lorilee Green, LPN, emergency services nurses, Baie Verte, NL

Emergency room nurses, like Ashley and Lorilee, have supported the development of virtual ER services throughout rural sites. Virtual ER brings remote emergency care doctors to virtually support emergency services in select Newfoundland and Labrador communities.

Being at the forefront of health-care innovation, contributing to advancements in treatments, technologies and patient care practices, their dedication to health care has allowed people in their communities to have timely and accessible health care. Learn more about virtual emergency care.

RN prescribing

Brada Tucker, BN, RN, CDE, Strait of Belle Isle Health Centre, Flower’s Cove, NL

Registered nurses like Brada Tucker are enhancing their education, knowledge and experience through the RN Prescribing Pilot Program, which will benefit the public through improved access to services, reduced wait times, and improved continuity of care.

Family care teams

Humber Valley White Bay Family Care Team, Deer Lake, NL

Nurses are working as part of Family Care Teams to manage complex cases and guide primary care patients through health and social services. Together, with social workers and other professionals, they are blazing the trail in transforming service models through interdisciplinary teamwork!

The theme for this year’s National Nursing Week is ‘Changing Lives. Shaping Tomorrow.’ Nurses in Newfoundland and Labrador embody this theme as their dedication and commitment has a tremendous impact on the individuals and communities that we serve.

NL Health Services would like to thank nurses throughout the province for helping shape a better health-care future for this province.

To learn more about National Nursing Week, please visit

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