Lee Beliveau, recipient of the award of excellence in clinical practice.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Nurses (Achievements and awards)
Author: Beliveau, Lee
Pub Date: 01/01/2012
Publication: Name: CANNT Journal Publisher: Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses & Technologists Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses & Technologists ISSN: 1498-5136
Issue: Date: Jan-March, 2012 Source Volume: 22 Source Issue: 1
Product: Product Code: 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Persons: Named Person: Beliveau, Lee
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Canada Geographic Code: 1CANA Canada
Accession Number: 283970450
Full Text: When I entered nursing school in Sherbrooke, Quebec, at the age of 17, I chose the right profession. Forty years later, the connections with patients and families still provide inspiration. Throughout specialties of surgical, ICU, cardiology, oncology, GI and, finally, renal, I have been observing and learning.

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Halfway through my career, I started a writing course and nursing itself became my muse. I feel strongly that people don't fully understand our roles and my aim has been to illustrate these in stories based on real events. While writing for the CANNT Journal Bedside Matters column, I have hoped to remind colleagues that they should recognize and appreciate their own special skills. Perhaps reading anecdotes of mine can help others to articulate their meaningful encounters.

Renal nursing offers endless opportunities for growth. The certification program and conferences offer us new perspectives and kinship. Our journal is a wealth of pertinent support

Since 2003, our team at Fraser Health has been most progressive in the improvement of end-of-life care, including Advance Care Planning. There has been no more fulfilling professional meaning to me than learning a patient's own wishes for end of life and being able to accompany him on this journey with the new skills I have learned. In retirement I will volunteer with hospice with some wisdom gained from my renal world.

By Lee Beliveau, RN, CNeph(C), Hemodialysis RN, Surrey Memorial Hospital, Surrey, BC
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