Nurse: Lindsay Metzger, Registered Nurse Practitioner, Caressant Care Long-term Care Home
"Being a nurse means that I have the privilege of seeing and treating people of all ages and stages in life. It means that I see and develop relationships with people when they are not only experiencing difficult times, but also when enjoying life’s victories and I have the honour of walking alongside a person through all of it. I love that I can be a small part in a person’s journey and I love that I am able to build such meaningful relationships during these times!
I also love that the foundations of nursing practice are embedded in seeing not just an illness, or a problem—rather, seeing the whole person and applying that knowledge to be able to provide better, more holistic, sensitive care to an individual."
*Pictured: Lindsay and Erma
What inspired you to become a nurse?
My grandmother and my mother are both nurses. I was so lucky growing up having these strong, intelligent women as role models who showed me what a privilege it is to be a nurse.
What is your favourite part of your role?
I love that I am able to work autonomously in my practice while still being able to apply the nursing model to my everyday work; with an extended practice role being able to work within a collaborative team, diagnose, order tests and treat my clients promptly.
How would you describe the impact you have on the lives of your patients?
I think that by being able to develop meaningful relationships with my clients and having the ability to spend time ordering tests and diagnosing and treating clients, I am able to share the Nurse Practitioner role and its importance to the healthcare system. I am able to fill a gap in healthcare services which may otherwise not be filled by increasing access to primary care services in a meaningful way.
Why is being a nurse meaningful to you?
As an NP, I am in a unique position being able to draw from my nursing expertise in this advanced practice role. It is meaningful to be able to spend my days learning and growing and developing into this unique role, all the while being able to do what I love- which is to take the time getting to know the people I have the privilege of serving day to day.