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God’s Lake Narrows New Nursing Station Features Home Hemodialysis Room

Congratulations to God’s Lake Narrows and all relevant partners on the opening of the community’s new nursing station. Alongside many other new features, the facility now has a home hemodialysis room. This room would allow an individual to do their own treatment at the health centre.

There are also home hemodialysis rooms in Mosakahiken Cree Nation and Misipawistik Cree Nation While normally home hemodialysis is done in a person’s home, sometimes there may not be enough room or the right plumbing for home dialysis equipment and supplies.

The home hemo room in the health facility removes what could be a potential barrier to self-managed treatment. Home dialysis offers more independence as well as health benefits when dialyzing more frequently. Individuals train to do their own treatment and then return home, set their own schedule and manage their own care with support from home hemodialysis care teams in Winnipeg or Brandon. Learn more about home hemodialysis here.

Read the Government of Canada’s press release here.

MRP Journal Club June 12

MRP Journal Club takes place June 12 with both in-person and telehealth options. The topic is Manifestation and Management of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Disease (ADPKD) presented by Kelly Kocsis, RN, CNephC, Clinical Nurse Educator. Read More…

Nominated Nurses: Nurses Week 2019

We asked and you answered. We know we have a ton of amazing nephrology nurses throughout Manitoba. We acknowledge that you work tirelessly and invest significantly in building relationships and providing the highest quality of care with your renal patients. Read More…

Nurses Week 2019 Nominated Nurses: Lonnie

LONNIE BALDWIN, RN

Renal Health Clinic, Health Sciences Centre

Lonnie was nominated as part of the HSC Renal Health Clinic team. Read the nomination here.

Lonnie has been working in the renal clinic for about 13 years. She says, in some cases, she follows patients through their kidney journey for years.

“Some people have long journeys you know 10, 15 years. It’s a lot of time and effort that goes into those patients and lots of connections and lots of bonds.”

She enjoys working with patients to make the experience of facing kidney disease more manageable.

“You can sort of see some fear settle in patients. They realize that kidney disease, kidney failure doesn’t mean life has to stop.”

She says the number of patients coming through the clinic continues to grow and admits that an expanded space would be ideal. “It’s an old ward that’s been converted,” she said noting the needs of the program seem to be outgrowing the space.

Before working in the renal clinic, she was in hemodialysis and also at Health Sciences Centre’s emergency room.

“I started off in Teulon hospital where you are kind of jack of all trades, master of none.” That where she became interested in ER nursing which led her to HSC and eventually the renal program.

Nurses Week 2019 Nominated Nurses: Judy

JUDY KINCH, RN

Renal Health Clinic, Health Sciences Centre

Judy was nominated as part of the HSC Renal Health Clinic team. Read the nomination here.

Judy’s reasons for getting into nursing still seem to guide her today. After seeing a family member go through the medical system, she decided to make nursing a career.

“Seeing how they had gone through that, I thought I could really help people.”

She spent 22 years as a hemodialysis nurse before moving over to the renal health clinic just two years ago. In this position she follows patients through their kidney disease journey and aims to relieve some of the stress they may be feeling.

“The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the patients and talking to them – trying to make things a little bit easier for them.”

She says it can be hard to follow a patient and then let go of them as they move onto dialysis.

“If you have been following them for years – if they progress on to dialysis all of a sudden you are not part of their life anymore.”

She says the clinic team is a great support and she continues to have passion for her career pick.

“I love it. I don’t ever regret it.”