Lampman's Wendy Hase was one of five licensed practical nurses (LPN) from across the province presented with an LPN of Distinction Award at the recent provincial convention in Saskatoon.
Hase is one of the longest-serving LPNs in southeast Saskatchewan. She enrolled the LPN training course when it was offered in Estevan for the first time by the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology in 2001, and she was part of the first graduating class in 2002.
“I like to help people,” said Hase. “I had been in EMS. I had over 20 years (of experience) as an EMT, and when I left that, I still wanted to be part of the medical profession.”
Hase said she was nominated for her leadership at the Arcola Health Centre – the facility where she has spent most of her career as an LPN. She was also actively involved with Releasing Time to Care initiatives in Arcola.
She dedicated a lot of her time nursing and to the patient care wing.
“I was a leader in getting it reorganized, getting rid of clutter, and getting people involved in making it a better workplace and a more efficient workplace,” said Hase.
Being an LPN has been a very rewarding and enjoyable experience, Hase said, and she continues to relish the opportunity to help people.
She is now an LPN at a physician's office.
Other distinction award recipients were from Wawota, Weyburn, Shellbrook and Regina.
Awards were also handed out for mentorship and leadership.
The convention also featured the launch of the Saskatchewan Association of LPN's multi-year, external “I provide Care” public awareness campaign, and speeches from several individuals and organizations.