In episode 6, Lillian and Shelley speak with someone that is a friend and a colleague. Mariko Sakamoto is a post doctoral fellow with the Centre for Research on Personhood in Dementia. She is a registered nurse with a background in community health nursing. Her research is person-oriented, and focuses on the first-hand experiences of people living with dementia. Mariko discusses how she got into gero nursing, understanding the importance of person centred care, and how Participatory Action Research is giving a voice to persons with dementia which is helping to dispel some stigmas and affording them meaningful input into their own care.
In Episode 5, Shelley and Lillian talk with Joanne Brown. A graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley's Nursing Program, Joanne worked with older adults before returning to UFV where she is now an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. Joanne discusses the importance of building relationships to truly understand the person behind the patient.
In this episode, Shelley and Lillian speak with an incredibly influential person in both their lives and their careers. Dr Alison Phinney is the co-Director of the Centre for Research on Personhood in Dementia at the University of British Columbia. Alison was also Lillian's and Shelley's PhD supervisor. She discusses her career trajectory, early experiences as a gero nurse, and the importance of research in better understanding the diverse aging population.
Our third episode sees Lillian and Shelley speaking with Karen Pickford. Karen shares with us how she got into gerontological nursing before discussing some of the issues working with older patients in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In our first "proper" episode of Gero Nurses, we talk with Ian Li who takes us through his story of how he got into nursing, how that evolved into working with older patients, and what he sees as a gerontological nurse’s role in the future.