Martine Douzable loves people. As a new Registered Nurse (RN) on QCH’s Medicine Inpatient unit (C3), Martine always tries to see the positive in people.
When she moved to New York state from Haiti in 1989, Martine quickly immersed herself in training to become a home healthcare aide — an easy fit for a woman devoted to caring for others. Soon, she began work for a senior lady who welcomed her with open arms. Martine became a cherished member of their family and godmother and maid of honour for the woman’s granddaughter. Ever grateful for her dedication and care to their family, they helped Martine access a local college where she pursued training as a personal support worker (PSW). By that time, she was married with her first child. She remained there for four years.
“Six weeks after my son was born, I started work as a PSW. It was a challenging time as I was still breastfeeding. While working as a PSW, I attended Practical Nurse school. As soon as I received my license as a Practical Nurse, I went back to college to take prerequisites to increase my chances of getting to a Nursing degree program. I would do two double shifts every weekend and go to school at night. I never called in sick and was never late,” Martine recalls.
After Martine obtained her license as a Practical Nurse, she had three job offers. Once again, Martine quickly found herself a treasured employee for a local nursing home, even earning an award for her caring and kindness.
By January 2008, Martine moved to Canada as a single mother with three boys under 11. She proudly states:
“All three of my boys are in college today! We stick together as ‘Team Toune!’”
With no time to waste, she applied to Algonquin College’s Nursing Program and travelled the 120km each way every day from Hawkesbury (East of Ottawa) to the Ottawa campus, never missing a day of school or arriving late.
But fate stepped in on the day Martine was supposed to start her pediatric clinical placement. Due to an elective hysterectomy scheduled for the same day, Martine was set back a year before completing the nursing program. Martine was referred for employment by QCH unit staff, where she was doing her clinical placement for her bachelor’s degree program. On January 7, 2021, Martine started her first day as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) with QCH, and on July 8, 2021, Martine passed her RN licensure exam (NCLEX).