Eternally a nurse, coaching and preparation is vital

Eternally a nurse, coaching and preparation is vital
Eternally a nurse, coaching and preparation is vital

On a brisk summer time morning, Monique Gillon and her husband headed out on the freeway destined for a weekend getaway at their cabin in Manitoba’s Interlake. Trying ahead to some relaxation and rest, Gillon’s work as a nurse at Interlake-Jap RHA was the very last thing on her thoughts. Little did she know that her nursing abilities and skill to stay calm underneath strain would quickly be put into motion.

When site visitors slowed to a cease on the freeway that day, Gillon rapidly realized there had simply been a critical single car roll over up forward. As one of many first on the scene, she acquired out of the automobile to see whether or not there was a necessity for fast medical consideration.  

“My preliminary thought was that I’m not a trauma nurse, that is past my coaching,” Gillon stated, who had labored primarily in intermediate care, NICU and diagnostic nursing roles all through her profession. “However I knew each virtually and emotionally I had no alternative however to step in and get entangled. These individuals have been relying on me.”

Whereas one other driver referred to as 911, Gillon launched herself as a nurse and set to work, drawing upon her 40 years of nursing expertise. She grabbed a number of provides and blankets from her automobile and rapidly started to assist these injured by placing strain on wounds, gown them with bandages and masking the people along with her blankets.

When the paramedics arrived on scene, Gillon was fast to supply assist.

“I stated, I’m a nurse, put me to work.” 

Gillon and the paramedics labored collectively, beginning IVs and doing all the pieces they may to stabilize their sufferers whereas they waited for STARS Air Ambulance to reach.

“I firmly consider that I used to be precisely the place I wanted to be in that second,” stated Gillon. “I used to be meant to be there, that day, to assist these individuals – and despite the fact that it was scary, I used to be in a position to assist and I felt helpful. It was a really intense second in my life.”

Stepping ahead to assist comes naturally to Gillon, who initially retired in 2019 however returned to work with the COVID testing and immunization program throughout the pandemic and continues to work as an off-the-cuff nurse at Selkirk Regional Well being Centre.

“I’ve by no means stopped working, I get pleasure from it an excessive amount of and I really like the individuals,” she added.

Because the accident, throughout which Gillon used what little provides she had in her automobile, she now makes it a precedence to make sure her automobile is totally stocked earlier than a freeway journey. Gillon is ready to assist, with a mixture of her first help package, blankets and different provides, and encourages different freeway vacationers to be equally geared up. 

 “You do what you may. Each little bit helps to present somebody who could be at their worst the most effective likelihood of survival,” stated Gillon. “I encourage anybody within the place to assist and who’s comfy utilizing their abilities to do the identical. It was powerful however I’m so glad I did it.


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