Nurse Practitioner Week employee spotlight!

Thank you Philippe, and all your colleagues, for all the great work you do. Join us from November 12 to 18 as we celebrate National Nurse Practitioner Week!

What led you to becoming a nurse practitioner?   

 It all happened by chance. In 1993, when I was a neonatal nurse clinician at the old Montreal Children's Hospital, neonatologists were learning about the role of the nurse practitioner in the United States. They wanted to implement this role on the unit. A selection process took place and I was chosen.    

What is the best advice that someone at the MUHC ever gave you?   

 Never dwell on one specific tree, but look at the whole forest. In other words, always keep an open mind.    

Tell us about working with your fellow nurse practitioners?   

When I first started, there were four neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs) in Quebec. Today, there are a dozen of us at the MCH and some forty neonatology nurses in Quebec. In all, more than one thousand nurse practitioners work in Quebec, in all disciplines. The team of a dozen NNPs we have built up at the Children's is like a family. It's wonderful to see the bond that unites us, with our common goal of ensuring the highest quality of care for the newborns we care for, as well as the support we provide to their families.    

How do you like to relax and unwind after a shift?   

Sharing time with my partner and talking about our respective days, while enjoying what we value most - our health, our children and our granddaughter.   

Philippe Lamer