After working at CHEO initially, I worked in all areas of adult nursing, including Community nursing if the UK and on my return to Canada. Much of my learning in the UK was in the hospitals, but I took a one year course to become a District Nurse. Returning to Canada and CHEO was a great joy. I worked on the Float Team originally and then moving to Mental Health. There were no typical days as patients' came in at all times of the day and night. There was often phone triage being done at any time.
There were multiple courses on the unit regarding many aspects of mental health. I worked well with co-workers as well as on my own, working nights. Management was always available to staff on the unit or by appointment. The hardest part was seeing patients returning as the community recourses were sadly lacking. The rewarding part was seeing improvement and the patients and parents willing to work together and being able to refer them to what programs were available, There were many more programs being introduced over the last few years.