Liz Cook, Acute Care Unit Manager, Crowsnest Pass Health Centre, explains some of the challenges that she faces practicing healthcare in a rural setting.
“On this site the challenge would be, I guess, for something big or something where we weren’t aware of what was going to come through the door. It could be a staffing issue. We have one nurse, 24-7 in the ER. Numbers of staff would be a challenge in these areas, I guess. And education. Feeling skilled and competent in those areas and being able to provide that education and experience to keep people feeling good about it and confident. So if you only do 20 deliveries a year, how do you keep your nurses’ skills competent and comfortable? That’s a challenge.”