Ontario Long Term Care Association

Ontario Long Term Care Association

October 27, 2011 13:04 ET

Nursing Leadership Award Winner Challenged Herself by Pursuing a Change Andrea Brissette Spent 17 years in Hospital Setting Before Moving to LTC

Andrea Brissette spent 17 years in hospital setting before moving to LTC

CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 27, 2011) -

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One of the Ontario Long Term Care Association's Nursing Leadership Award winners is a veteran nurse who is new to the sector.

Andrea Brissette became a nurse at 19, and spent 17 years working in acute care. She moved to a retirement setting for a couple of years, and now works as assistant director of resident care at peopleCare Hilltop Manor Cambridge, where her outstanding leadership is valued by her colleagues.

"As a registered practical nurse (RPN) I had enhanced my skills over those 17 years but I wasn't going to be able to do anything other than just working on the floor. I wanted to challenge myself so I pursued a change," says Brissette.

She is happy working in long-term care where she thinks she makes a difference every day with the staff and the residents.

Brissette says she feels she's making a difference with her co-workers because, "I work alongside them."

One of her strengths is that she likes to problem-solve with them, "not decide things and roll it out. I like their input as well. I try to do different things to keep them engaged."

Brissette says she thinks working alongside her colleagues helps her do her job better because "I understand the roles of the staff. Being hands-on is how a lot of health care people learn and I think that it's important to work alongside the staff and problem solve. Their input is very important."

Her position involves advocating for nursing staff, but she works with other departments too "because everybody looks after our residents." She sees herself as someone who "bridges the gap between departments."

Brissette says peopleCare Hilltop Manor looks after the resident as a whole, so that involves everybody that works in the home.

Throughout her nomination form, reference was made to celebration and having fun. Brissette says she's always liked to work that way.

"It's positive and people want to do good things if you do positive things to reward them. And I think people want to have fun at work."

Brissette says it's an honour to be nominated for a Nursing Leadership Award, and an honour to work at peopleCare.

In the nomination form, her colleagues noted that Brissette's hands-on approach has led to several improved practices in the homes that have included several departments. She has also involved all departments in improving infection control by helping them understand their role in outbreak management.

About the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA)

OLTCA represents the operators of more than 430 charitable, not-for-profit, private and municipal long-term care homes. OLTCA homes provide care, accommodation and services to almost 70,000 seniors annually and employ about 50,000 Ontarians.

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Contact Information

  • To arrange an interview or photo with
    one of the Nursing Leadership award winners
    Michelle Gradini
    (905) 470-8995, ext.39
    mgradini@oltca.com