Monthly Archives: May 2016

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Dale Calibaba Gets Kidney Transplant

We are happy to bring you some great news today. You may remember our friend Dale Calibaba who biked over 6,500 kilometres across Canada last summer while completing peritoneal dialysis treatments during rest stops. Dale had nearly completed his journey from east to west coast last fall but fell ill with a catheter infection and…
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Nurses of Manitoba Renal Program – Candace

Candace Mackay, Hemodialysis Nurse, Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brandon, MB “I started my nursing career in 2004 after completing the LPN program at ACC in Brandon. Choosing nursing seemed easy as I loved helping people and my sister had been nursing for several years and loved it. I started out working on a medical floor…
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Nurses of Manitoba Renal Program – Marilyn

Marilyn Muir, Community Dialysis Nurse, Local Renal Health Centre Program, Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, MB “When I was a kid I had cancer so it was just that experience with the nurses I encountered. I learned at an early age that we touch everybody – not only the patient we care for but their family…
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Nurses of Manitoba Renal Program – Monique

Monique, Hemodialysis Nurse, Pine Falls Health Complex, Pine Falls, Manitoba Monique has been a nurse since 2005. “I always wanted to work in the healthcare field. I like the learning aspect. I generally just like to help people. I worked as a rehab assistant before. The field we’re in, we get to know our patients…
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Nurses of Manitoba Renal Program – Randy

Randy Caparros, Hemodialysis Nurse, St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, MB “I’ve been an LPN for two years and then RN for 17. This might sound corny, but I became a nurse to see a healthier world, following the footsteps of the living legend Patti LaBelle. I love to see patients recover from surgeries, and also patients…
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Nurses of Manitoba Renal Program – Gina

Gina Alibin, Hemodialysis Nurse, Seven Oaks General Hospital, Winnipeg, MB “I’ve been in nursing since 1996, 20 years now but in dialysis since 2002. A lot of my family members are in the nursing profession. I think in dialysis it’s a unique type of relationship with the patient. We know them for a really long…
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Nurses Week May 9 – May 13

Nurses of Manitoba Renal Program – Celebrating Renal Nurses (Click here to see all the Nurse profiles.) Our nurses are a diverse group and make up a huge part of Manitoba Renal Program’s workforce and health-care teams. Within our program nurses provide front-line care, education and training for both staff and patients, home visits to…
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Nurses of Manitoba Renal Program – Lisa

Lisa MacDonald , Renal Educator, Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, MB “I’ve been a nurse for 21 years this summer. Just over 15 years with the renal program. I remember when I was younger and my grandmother lived with us. She was quite sick at the end of her life and was in the hospital a…
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Nurses of Manitoba Renal Program – Leslie

Leslie Sommerfield, Renal Health Nurse, St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg MB Lesley has been a nurse for 32 years, all of which were in renal. Highlight of the job: “I think empowering people to take on their care and seeing them do well or go on to transplant. Seeing them build confidence. On being a renal…
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Nurses of Manitoba Renal Program – Natasha

Natasha Poworski, Hemodialysis Nurse, Seven Oaks General Hospital, Winnipeg, MB “I’ve been a nurse since 2004 in Canada but when I came in Canada in ’92 I was a nurse before that for a couple years. My mom is a nurse. Actually it’s a funny story – the city I lived in in Ukraine, they…
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New ESRD Start Program Launched at HSC

Health Sciences Centre’s renal program has developed and launched a New End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Start Program to ensure hemodialysis patients are receiving all required education and support during their transition to starting treatments. “The goal is to ensure consistent care and support for all new hemodialysis patients and to give staff the tools…
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