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HARVEY MAGNUS-WALKER, RN
Renal Health Clinic, Health Sciences Centre

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

While the bulk of Harvey’s nursing career was in Health Sciences Centre hemodialysis units where he spent 26 years, he has also worked in palliative oncology, as an operating room nurse and did aero medevac nursing as well.

He got into nursing, in part, due to one conversation. “I met somebody who was a male nurse. I had never met a male nurse before. In that single conversation with him, it pointed out that would be an option for a career.”

He is one of the newest clinic staff members having made the transition in early 2019. One of the highlights is getting to spend more time educating patients.

“There are also opportunities for educating patients that I never had before.” Though he has always aimed to educate and support patients throughout his career.

“I’ve always been a very patient-oriented nurse. I always tried to think of how I would feel in that particular role of being a patient. I try to make the patients feel comfortable and make sure they understand as much as they want to understand about whatever process they are going through, whatever procedure they are encountering.”

Apart from nursing, travel is a passion for Harvey who has visited more than 36 countries and grew up in an air force family and lived around the world during his childhood.

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