Her Last Project, a film that chronicles a remarkable woman’s end-of-life journey, premieres on Friday, Sept. 13 as part of the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival’s documentary program. This extraordinary documentary follows Dr. Shelly Sarwal’s story of taking control of her destiny and leaving a lasting legacy. Diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy, an incurable disease, Dr. Shelly Sarwal chose to end her life through medical assistance in dying (MAiD) and to become an organ and tissue donor.
Every month, Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) will be featuring one of our more than 7,000 caring, compassionate volunteers who take time out of their own busy lives to help with NSHA's goals of health, healing and learning. Across the province, each and every day, dedicated volunteers enrich the experiences of patients, residents, clients and families in meaningful ways .
Phoebe Mandry returned to Halifax recently after four weeks of volunteering in Tanzania with RadAid International, which “brings radiology to low-resource areas by delivering education, equipment, infrastructure, and support.” Mandry, who normally as a radiation technologist and sonographer in the QEII Health Science Centre’s diagnostic imaging department, was in the east African country to teach ultrasound and bone density testing to sonographers, technologists and residents at the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam.
Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) reminds the public that work to improve parking at Dartmouth General Hospital is now underway and will continue through early fall. The first phase of this work will take place through July and August. During this time, drivers can expect changes to existing roadway patterns that will cause congestion and increased traffic leading to the main entrance, so please plan ahead when visiting the hospital.
When Wendy Brenton moved back to Truro after 25 years, first living in Ontario and then the United States, she called her previous family doctor to see if he would be willing to accept her as a patient again.
Randy Boutilier of Sheet Harbour didn’t take the most traditional path to becoming a registered nurse. Boutilier took a heavy civil construction course immediately after graduating from high school and spent about two years working in that industry. After some serious self-reflection about what he truly loves to do and wants to do with his life, Boutilier realized that what he really wants is to help other people live healthier and happier lives. He now works as a registered nurse (RN) in the emergency department at Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville. “I always liked helping people,”
The National Baby-Friendly Initiative Quality Improvement Collaborative Project was created through a grant to the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada from the Public Health Agency of Canada in an effort to increase the number of Baby-Friendly designated hospitals in Canada. Three Nova Scotia hospitals have been selected to participate in the project: Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow, Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney and South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater.
Two registered nurses (RNs) from Cape Breton are taking the final step towards becoming registered nurse first assistants (RNFAs) as part of Nova Scotia’s multi-year plan for hip and knee replacements. A small number of RNFAs currently support other surgical sub-specialties in parts of Nova Scotia, but these are the first recruited to support orthopedic surgery. The need for these roles was identified as a priority by the team at Cape Breton Regional Hospital and could expand to other sites over time.