Ogechi found her professional passion for palliative care, during her time working in Acute Adult Medicine at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Center. This work spurred her to pursue employment within the WRHA Palliative Care Program, where she first worked as a community visiting nurse; seeing and supporting patients in their homes, and now as a Clinical Nurse Specialist after completing her Master’s Degree in Nursing (2015).
Ogechi has also worked as a Clinical Team Member for Canadian Virtual Hospice (an online resource). Where as a member of their interdisciplinary team, she helped address and support the unique needs of this patient group online by answering questions, providing information, developing resources, and providing online support.
Ogechi strives to support those living with life-limiting illness, along with their families and the health care team members that provide care to them.
Ogechi Asagwara is coming up on 11 years in her professional nursing practice. Cheers to Ogechi, in this month’s CNS-MB Membership Profile!
Lisa is the CNS lead for the Palliative Care Consult Team located at the HSC she models behavior and provides both formal and informal education for staff and students alike and has a very active role with medical residents/medical students during their rotation with the PCP. Within this role she models how a Clinical Nurse Specialist can help foster and maintain change in a complex health system with some of the most complex end of life patient scenarios.
In addition to her role as co-chair of the WRHA PCP Nursing Practice Council she has been actively involved with the education and roll out of a Guideline for Discharge Planning for First Nations Patients Returning to Home Community for Palliative Care helping to return end of life care to indigenous communities.
Christine is the clinical nurse specialist in the Women’s Health Program at Health Sciences Centre. With her CNS colleague Kira Friesen, she supports all areas of the Women’s Hospital that include the: outpatient clinic, labour & delivery unit, mother baby unit and the antepartum/gynecology/gynecology unit. Christine has always had a passion for laboring families and their newborns as that is where her career started many years ago. However, since that time she has discovered enjoyment in being part of a team that works to improve healthcare for women at all stages of life. One of the biggest challenges that Christine has faced in her role as a CNS is the steep learning curve that comes with learning a new clinical area. This is where the literature, front line staff and her amazing co-workers have assisted her in overcoming this challenge. Currently Christine is the clinical lead in the EPR working group planning the implementation of the electronic patient record at Women’s Hospital. Whether it is for a complex medical patient that need additional planning and support or a family looking for a “healing birth Christine enjoys families and the medical team to improve care to our patient population.