Growing up in rural Nova Scotia, Gillian Varner recalls her mother Wendy was often called upon to put her nursing training to work to help friends and neighbours.
“Our house was the unofficial rural, rural emergency department,” said Varner. “I still have a memory of a neighbour who had stomped on a nail and driven it up through his foot. His wife brought him over to our house and cried ‘Wendy, where are you?’”
In the early stages of the pandemic, it became clear that some communities were at higher risk than others and would be disproportionately affected by the virus.
Even before the province declared a state of emergency, leaders in the Black and African Nova Scotian community understood that protecting and educating their community about the virus would also involve working against systemic racism and inequities within the health system.
Neurosurgeons at Nova Scotia Health’s Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre (QEII) in Halifax now have access to a new digital neurosurgical planning and navigation software that will transform how they plan and deliver care.
As a nurse for 42 years, Dawn MacIntosh has worked in most areas of hospital care. After having roles with the Victorian Order of Nurses, the Paq’tnkek Mi’kmaw First Nation and in remote northern communities around the country, she now works in the emergency department at Guysborough Memorial Hospital.
A total of 28 researchers have been awarded $1.9 million through the Nova Scotia Health Research Fund.
Held once a year, this fund aims to build the capacity of Nova Scotia Health’s researchers and students and helps to catalyze new research opportunities.