Join our Oversight & Advisory Committee! 

As we hinted in our last newsletter, we are accepting expressions of interest for new representatives for our Oversight and Advisory Committee! We are looking for four patient partners and two health care partners to help make important decisions about PVN activities. Will you fill one of the spots?

Join the Oversight & Advisory Committee!

As part of the Committee, you will have the chance to work with and learn from other patient and health care partners from around the province. Meetings are every two months over teleconference with in-person meetings in Vancouver once or twice per year. We're looking for representatives to fulfill two-year terms. If you're excited about being involved in spirited discussions about the inner workings of the Network, take a look at the posting!  

Learn more about this opportunity.

Patient Partner Perspective: What I Learned from Being on the Oversight & Advisory Committee

With the call for new representatives on the Oversight & Advisory Committee, that means we must say "so long" to some of the Committee's outgoing members. We want to thank each and every person who has been on the committee for the time, energy, and knowledge they've contributed to advancing the work of PVN! We couldn't do it without you!

Betty Murray, an outgoing Oversight and Advisory Committee member with her great-granddaughter, Arlen

On our blog this week, we caught up with Betty Murray (left), a patient partner representative and long-time PVN member, to ask her about her time on the Committee. Betty has been a part of several engagement opportunities, and we have been lucky enough to have her experience to help guide PVN decision-making. She told us about what she's most proud of during her time on the Committee and her advice (or "options", in Betty's words) for incoming members.

Read the blog post.

"What Matters to You?"

Meet the Speakers:
Susan and Lara from Vancouver General Hospital! 

We recently announced that the next "What Matters to You?" webinar will take place on September 26 at 1230! As the event gets closer, we wanted to introduce two of our guest speakers, Susan (left) and Lara (right) from Vancouver General Hospital (VGH). Here's a bit about them in their own words:

Susan and Lara from Vancouver General Hospital

"As part of the education team at VGH Emergency Department, we provide educational and clinical support, spearhead new initiatives, and teach a variety of emergency courses.

'What Matters to You?' is important to us because we pride ourselves in supporting frontline staff to improve the environment of care, which can be very complex in the Emergency Department.

During the webinar, we will be talking about how we engaged staff with innovative strategies to promote initiatives such 'What Matters to You?'. These strategies not only address what matters to the patient, but they build resiliency in frontline staff by demonstrating empathy and understanding, and enhance the nurse-patient relationship."

When they're not championing initiatives in the Emergency Department, Lara and Susan spend much of their downtime with their beloved pets: Susan has a dog named Luca and Lara has a cat named George. 

Hear more from Lara and Susan during the webinar.

Apply for a Patient Scholarship to Attend the 2019 IPAC Canada Conference

In addition to recently seeking patient partners through PVN for an engagement opportunity, Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Canada is offering a scholarship that will allow patient partners, caregivers or family members to attend their annual conference. The conference will be held in Québec City from May 26-29, 2019.

Scholarship applicants should be actively engaged in the work of national or provincial patient safety organizations, and demonstrate eagerness to participate and learn from the conference sessions. That means you, PVN Patient Partners! 

The award will be for a maximum of $2,500 and can cover travel, four nights of accommodation, conference registration, and meals.

Submit your application here. 

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