The Medicine Surgical Unit (C4) is home to three members of the Guindon family. Tamara Guindon and her two daughters, Aimee and Julia, are working together after all three decided to pursue a career in nursing.
It was during a family chat that Tamara, a Personal Support Worker (PSW), brought up the subject of career options with her daughters. Together, they looked at a number of programs that were available through Algonquin College. For Tamara, one that caught her attention was the PSW bridging program. Under the program, a PSW is able to leverage their skills to become a Registered Practitioner Nurse. It’s something that Tamara felt passionately about and she made the decision to enroll in the program. Inspired by their mom’s dedication to helping others, the girls decided on a career in nursing and registered with Algonquin College.
Aimee was the first to graduate from the program, earning her credentials in 2018, followed by Tamara in 2019 — graduating as valedictorian — and Julia in 2020. By the time all three had finished school they had also all become members of the QCH family. For Tamara, the opportunity to work with her daughters was incredibly powerful.
“It’s amazing that we can support each other at work just like we did in school. This is such a gift during a stressful time. We understand what each other is doing because we are so much in sync. It is very special.”
For the folks working on C4, ‘family’ is a word they commonly use to describe their team dynamic.