A Unique Path
~Joyce Turner’s interest in the healthcare field stemmed from her mother, who worked as an RN. In 2001, Joyce enrolled in the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program at College of the Rockies.~
Growing up in Fernie, she chose the College primarily because of the location. “Being in my home area and having the flexibility to complete clinical placements in my home town was very attractive to me,” she says.
After completing the program, she immediately found employment as a LPN in Oakville, Ontario, working in an ‘in-charge’ role (responsible for providing both the nursing care and supervision/direction of Health Care Aides on the unit)on a behavioural/special needs unit for three years.
From there, she was mentored into the role of Director of Care at a residential care facility in Mississauga, Ontario. Over the next several years, she earned promotions into the positions of Resource Coordinator, General Manager and Executive Director. In 2015, she returned to the Kootenays and joined Golden Life Management as the East Kootenay Regional Manager.
Joyce had not initially planned on moving into an administrative role; however she accepted the challenges and opportunities that were presented to her and was fortunate enough to work within organizations that believed in the value of both mentoring and education. “The opportunity to impact the quality of care and services provided is truly motivating,” she adds.
Also a believer in the value of education, Joyce is now working on her Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) with a specialization in Human Resource Leadership through the University of Fredericton in New Brunswick.
“Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to work with healthcare organizations and forward-thinking leaders who are exceptional examples of both human resource development and investing in employees,” she says. “For this reason, I have chosen the human resources leadership specialty stream so that I may further contribute to the growth and development of our future leaders.”
Though not involved in nursing the way she originally pictured, Joyce is grateful to have started on her career path at College of the Rockies. “The LPN program provided a great foundation to build on. Specifically, it enabled me to better understand and contribute to quality reviews, incident analysis, risk management, workload distribution and measurement,” she concludes.
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