Sudbury nurse wins Human Touch Award

Health Science North’s (HSN) Adrienne Barrett, Vascular Access and Independent Dialysis nurse from the Nephrology Program, was honoured by Cancer Care Ontario and the Ontario Renal Network with a Human Touch Award for her contributions to improving patient care in the North.
The Human Touch Awards are celebrated annually to showcase individuals in Ontario’s cancer and kidney systems who make major contributions to the improvement of healthcare in Ontario. The Human Touch Awards recognizes exemplary compassionate patient care. Nominees include healthcare professionals, providers and volunteers working in the cancer and kidney care systems in Ontario.
Adrienne has worked at HSN for a number of year and continues to work tirelessly to ensure patients have a positive experience and are well informed to make decisions. ”Adrienne provides exemplary compassionate, person-centred care to all patients from their initial dialysis access consultation and onwards throughout their journey”, says Russell Landry, Supervisor, In-Centre Dialysis. He adds, “Adrienne provides fundamental education to patients in order to help them make informed decisions and educates staff to increase their skill level and confidence when providing care to patients”.
The awards highlight some of the best work happening across the province and the winners show the power of compassion and the human touch by making meaningful differences for patients and their families. Their work affects and improves the experiences of patients every day. “It was a humbling experience to attend the award ceremony and be placed in the same category as the other recipients as they are all extraordinary at what they do. I am honoured to be given this award” – Adrienne Barrett, Nurse, Vascular Access and Independent Dialysis, Health Sciences North.
Patients applaud Adrienne on her ability to foster the human touch that goes well above and beyond the work that she does for patients. “I started dialysis on an emergency basis nine years ago and did not have an established access until one year later. I was always happy and relieved when Adrienne was my nurse as she was friendly, professional and understanding”, says Monique, a hemodialysis patient at HSN. She adds “She is a very skilled nurse; putting in needles in the most difficult of accesses. She is kind-hearted, and compassionate, with a great sense of humour. She is patient and takes her time with each patient, making us feel safe and valued.”

The Human Touch Awards took place on June 14, 2018 in Toronto, ON.

source: news release

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