Horizon Star - September 2019

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SANE nurse recognized for helping victims Many of Horizon’s staff work with patients and clients when they’re at their most vulnerable. This is especially true for Emmanuelle Landry, Horizon’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Coordinator for Moncton and Miramichi. “I was ecstatic Emmanuelle was being recognized for her contribution and dedication to the SANE program,” said Charo. “Emmanuelle’s dedication is truly extraordinary and her influence on public recognition of the program is highly impressive.”

“I have thought a lot about this in the last few years. I try to do my part. I recently stopped commuting between Moncton and Sackville each day for work. I now work in Sackville where I live. Although it was not my primary reason for switching my work to Sackville, it was something I was happy about. Less emissions in the air. Now I have decided to take it one step further: I walk to work, 2.8 kilometres, whenever I can, and I love it. Even less emissions in the air to help protect our world for my grandchildren. I am happy to leave my car in the yard. And it’s good for my health as well.” Beth Black Nurse Manager, Brunswick West and Emergency Department, Horizon’s Sackville Memorial Hospital tomatoes without any work!” Dr. Yogi Sehgal Physician, Emergency Department, Horizon’s Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital “I have been recycling paper and plastics for years, but just recently started using bamboo toothbrushes. They are environmentally-friendly. I found some at Winners.” Christina Toner Dietitian-Nutritionist, Horizon’s Tobique Valley Community Health Centre “We do backyard composting. Our composter is at the top of our hill and basically feeds our vegetable garden down the hill. Plus, the tomato seeds from the compost seem to grow a variety of new

“To become a more responsible citizen I am making a conscious effort to refuse a plastic bag when making purchases (I either carry the items or bring my own reusable bag) and buy less (go

to stores when I need something, not as a hobby).” Annette LeBouthillier RN/Acting Manager, Access Management and Nursing Informatics, Miramichi area

“I have become more aware of candidate platforms in upcoming federal and provincial elections. I want to use my vote to change the actions we take as a society to combat

Emmanuelle and the team of Horizon SANE nurses care for and work with victims of sexual assault and violence daily, empowering them with support and guidance. Her passion and dedication were recently acknowledged through the Victim Services Provider/Practitioner Award of Excellence by the Charlotte County Abuse Prevention Network and Justice Canada. She received the award for her significant contribution to improving the experience of victims and survivors of crime in New Brunswick. “I was very proud of myself and my team,” she said, reflecting on the award. “It feels like all the extra little things we do and all the care we give pays off. We always wonder if it makes a difference … the award was the answer.” Emmanuelle was nominated by Charo Poirier, Administrative Director of the Emergency Program at Horizon’s The Moncton Hospital.

Emmanuelle and her team of SANE nurses are usually the first health care providers to treat victims and hear their stories. Their thoughtful interactions can be the beginning of a victim’s healing process. “I wanted to become a RN to help others,” said Emmanuelle. “When I heard about the SANE program I immediately knew it was for me. I made a promise to myself to always make victims feel in control and to give them their power back.” Emmanuelle is committed to building a SANE program where victims know they won’t be judged or rushed. She and her team care for people regardless of their story, age or gender. Horizon registered nurses are encouraged to consider becoming a trained nurse examiner with the SANE program. The next training session begins in October. To register or find out more contact Emmanuelle at Emmanuelle. Landry@horizonnb.ca.

Thank you to everyone who shared what they’re doing to become a more responsible consumer and global citizen. We received 16 submissions, each a different way we can make the world a better place for future generations. And they were all so great, we’re including all of them! (Maybe it’s time to re-name this feature?) We heard from readers from 13 facilities or regions, 13 units or teams, and 12 different positions. Some Horizon staff have changed the way they travel to work or stopped using a particular item, while others have adapted their recycling and reusing practices. If you have a suggestion for a future Top 10 list, please email HorizonStar@HorizonNB.ca. If you have an idea for another interactive feature, we’d love to hear that, too! We look forward to reading your submissions for the next Top 10 list! 1 “The one thing that I am trying my best to do is avoiding accepting Styrofoam boxes when getting take-out from the cafeteria at DECRH. I believe that the smaller paper plates are less invasive to our environment. I wish the cafeteria would just eliminate Styrofoam boxes altogether.” Lorna Mansfield Official Languages Advisor, Official Languages, Horizon’s Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital

climate change.” Nicola Keeling Administrative Assistant, Infection Prevention and Control, Horizon’s The Moncton Hospital

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“I love coffee! I appreciate when a coffee is fair trade organic and even better, locally roasted. I was buying a lot of coffee last year and realized how hard it was to find recycling

for coffee cups all the time. So now I try to ensure that I have two enviro mugs with me in the morning for my ‘busy’ life.” Sacha Hamming Registered Social Worker and Expressive Arts Therapist, Integrated Service Delivery Child & Youth Team, Sussex area

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“We’re teaching our children about recycling and keeping the environment clean. We’ve also replaced plastic baggies with reusable cloth bags for lunches and harmful cleaning products

Emmanuelle Landry, Horizon Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Coordinator for Moncton and Miramichi accepted her award from Andrea Anderson-Mason, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of New Brunswick.

“I have stopped buying bottle water (this reduces plastic in our environment) and now use a refillable container for my water drinking/ hydration.”

in our home with safer/sustainable options that reduce chemicals in the air and lets us reduce plastic waste!” Serena Jones Charbachi Public Health Nurse, Oromocto Public Health

Anne Walker RN, Medical Floor, Horizon’s Hotel-Dieu of St. Joseph

CCH employees pay tribute to long-time colleague with memorial site

“I recycle my plastic, paper and compost items with Fundy Regional Service Commission. It does require extra work and time, but my family wishes to make a smaller footprint on this

“My big reduction in waste this year has been to change the way I dispose of my cat litter. I realized I was producing more waste from my two kittens than I did with my own children. I now line a sealable bin with newspaper and dump the used (clay- based) litter into it. I take the paper out to the compost bin. No garbage.” Caroline Mackay RN, Emergency Department, Horizon’s Saint John Regional Hospital “We started composting and used this in our new vegetable garden and we also remember to take our grocery bags to the store instead of using plastic packets.” Michelle Howarth LPN, Medical Floor (Acute Care), Horizon’s Hotel-Dieu of St. Joseph 9

exquisite Earth of ours.” Melissa Choudhary RN, Transitional Care (4AN), Horizon’s Saint John Regional Hospital “When asked if I want a bag by a vendor, I drop a hint that they try to wait until a consumer asks for a bag (versus offering one), as often the common reaction of a consumer is to say ‘yes’ when offered without really thinking whether they need it.” Theresa Veniot Administrative Services Coordinator, Ridgewood Addiction and Mental Health and Saint John area Addiction and Mental Health Program

Employees of Horizon’s Charlotte County Hospital (CCH) had the privilege of working with a wonderful gentleman, Gene Currie. Gene was a security guard at the hospital for 17 years, and a sincere friend and a true colleague to all who worked with him. He

always had a smile on his face and enjoyed telling his many stories to whoever was available to listen. Gene had been retired for only a short period of time when he became ill. He fought a courageous battle with cancer, remaining

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positive during his illness and determined to win his fight. Unfortunately, on June 17, 2018 Gene lost his battle and passed away. Gene is missed every day at CCH, as he has touched the lives of many of his co-workers during his employment. A former colleague of his wanted to place a memorial stone on the hospital property in his honour. Staff contributed to this fund and a memorial stone, with a flowering bush, was placed by the gazebo on the grounds of CCH in Gene’s honour.

“I try to be a better consumer and global citizen by recycling more at work and at home by using the blue bin program and I also try to use re-usable bags whenever I do my shopping.”

Chauncy Hale Admission, Registration, Scheduling Clerk, Admitting, Horizon’s Miramichi Regional Hospital

“We take the plastic bags the newspaper comes in and use them for dog poop. We use Sobeys bags for garbage bags. We go to nature park every week and pick up sea garbage, ropes, plastic etc. We have reusable bowl covers and don’t use the plastic wrap unless there is no way out. We have lunch containers and a thermos, and we bring our lunch to work. We recycle plastic and burn cardboard and paper to start the fire. We buy in bulk and reuse bottles to store things in.” Nick Barry Social Worker, Horizon’s Ridgewood Veterans Wing


What is Horizon doing?

“Being a responsible consumer does not mean changing your whole lifestyle. For me, it means eliminating the single-use items. It all started with my ‘zip-locks’ then it was my saran wrap,

The memorial stone.

You asked. We have answers. Horizon is always looking for ways to

On July 11 staff and friends gathered at the memorial site to pay their respects to Gene. His friends and co-workers shared many stories during the gathering. The day was beautiful with the sun shining and a slight breeze, and many staff commented that Gene would be smiling down on them.

my coffee mug, etc. Forget that Timmies’s cup — bring your own! They will be more than happy to fill it with a warm dark roast.” Janelle Bélanger St-Pierre Rehab Assistant, Paediatric Team, Horizon’s Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation

improve energy performance and curb waste consumption at our facilities. In fact, Horizon is a national leader in energy programs, and has presented at various conferences across the country in an effort to share our lessons learned with other health care facilities.

In July, Horizon’s Charlotte County Hospital staff gathered at the memorial site honouring their late colleague Gene Currie.

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