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Nursing Week award winner: Lauren Zakaluzny

Lauren Zakaluzny is a nurse practitioner (NP) in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre and a rising talent.
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Lauren is one of six winners of the Nursing Week Awards, an annual award program to recognize excellence in nursing at BC Children’s and BC Women’s.

She is the first NP in BC practising in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She was also the only successful candidate hired into the post-graduate Neonatal NP Specialty Training Program launched at BC Women’s NICU in 2017. 

Lauren has taken on a major role in expanding and revising the program and her leadership has been integral to its success. Lauren consistently works hard to identify essential resources and educational opportunities required to meet the gold standard of NP practice. Her duties as a preceptor and clinician are highly complex, and require deep knowledge and communication skills. Lauren can care for critically ill newborns while maintaining a bright and optimistic outlook that helps not only the families involved, but also the team that surrounds her. 

“Many families in the NICU are going through a crisis situation and I enjoy helping them find joy in being new parents,” she says. “I feel the care I provide is 100 per cent necessary and the NP role in BC has so much room to expand.”

In celebration of the nursing family at PHSA, poet Julia Pileggi has collected some of their stories and used them as inspiration for a spoken word performance that touches on heart-warming and heartbreaking aspects of nursing. Check out I Am Your Nurse, featuring over 60 nurses from PHSA programs and services:

 

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