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National Nursing Week - Meet Yvonne

I’ve been a nurse for 44 years. My grandmother was a surgical nurse in the First and Second World Wars and helped raise me. I learned empathy at her knee and knew that when I grew up, I wanted to work in a helping profession.

Coming to Canada from Poland as a paediatric nurse and midwife, it was important to me to support new mothers and infants during the crucial early years in a child’s life. In my role, I work in collaboration with a child protection team to ensure the well-being of infants and children; assess infant development; provide health teachings to caregivers; and work with our community partners to link families with appropriate services. Most importantly, I listen to families without judgement; I know that building trust is essential to helping families reach their caregiving goals.

Two years ago I worked with a family who were new to Canada. Maha was expecting twins when six weeks before her due date, she lost one of her babies in utero. Grieving, she had deep post-partum depression and her baby wasn’t thriving but neither she nor her spouse would accept a mental health diagnosis. I worked with the father so he could better understand what post-partum depression was and he became an ally in getting Maha to understand she needed help. I taught Maha how to care for her baby and connected her with community partners – Peel Public Health, Trillium Health Partners for mental health support and the Peel Infant-Parent Program to assist her in developing a bond with her child. Maha eventually came out of her depression and her baby began to thrive.

My work is challenging, but seeing families succeed in making positive life changes makes me truly happy. It’s incredibly rewarding.

May 8-14 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.

At Peel CAS, our team of nurses – infant care consultants – support infants 18 months and younger, medically fragile children over the age of two, and their families. They enter homes with a unique mix of nursing and child protection knowledge, and promote infant well-being through caregiver support and education, balancing emotional and physical care.

Our nurses offer an invaluable service to a vulnerable population. They are collaborators who add value to case management and planning and provide teaching, mentoring and coaching to staff. Often, they are that extra pair of eyes, giving social workers a sense of where their families are at. They truly increase our overall ability to keep children safe.

To our nurses:  We celebrate your expertise, care and commitment. You always go the extra mile, above and beyond expectations.