A Reflection Of My Year With Riverside Medical - by Ashlyn Herzog
I've been told by many older and wiser people that "When life gives you an opportunity, Jump! You are too young to pass this up". Statements like this quite accurately summarize my decision to team up with my wonderful, hard-working partner and move to Lac La Biche to expand our family ranching operation. This was a difficult decision to make as an individual, but also as a team member of Riverside Medical. One year ago, I had been given an equally amazing opportunity to join the Riverside Medical team as their Patient Care Manager – this would be a job that would push the confines of the Licensed Practical Nurse profession in many positive ways. This blog post describes my experiences as a part of a forward-thinking, collaborative care team over the last year.
I had met Dr. Ram while a student in Drumheller Acute Care in March of 2017. My initial impression of Dr. Ram was that he was a man full of enthusiasm and innovation. He once asked me for my opinion on what to do next with a patient in the Emergency Department – I almost fell off my chair that a Physician not only asked me but valued my opinion on patient care in an emergency context. He was an excellent teacher to me while a student, and he stayed true to this throughout my year at the clinic. Then I met Veronique – who is equally as smart and kind as her husband. They truly do make the perfect team.
And then came the patients – the single biggest reason I love being in the nursing profession is