Month: March 2018

The Newbie.

Unless you’re in healthcare, I don’t think a lot of people understand what it’s like for the first time to come across reading a patient’s chart. I’ve never related to something so much, it’s crazy how far i’ve come along though in being able to decipher much of the medical lingo that is used by […]

Graduate students break taboos around mental health in South Asian communities.

When Maneet Chahal and Jasmeet Chagger started holding free mental health workshops in Brampton three years ago, they both knew they were breaking longstanding community taboos. “Of course there’s stigma around the subject in mainstream society as well, but in the South Asian community, nobody talks about mental health,” says Chagger. Since then, that conversation […]

Raptors fans rally to support NBA All-Star DeMar DeRozan in battle over depression.

Since the Raptors Demar DeRozan broke his silence a few weeks ago about his struggles with depression, he’s been overwhelmed with the response he’s getting from fans. DeRozan first went public about dealing with depression on Twitter in mid-February and he’s been hearing from people ever since. His message resonated with a group of young fans […]

Delirium ‘a dreaded scourge’ underdiagnosed in hospitals.

By: Kas Roussy Robert Van Herpt was 53 when he decided to overhaul his life. A heavy drinker and smoker, he quit both at once cold turkey. He started a new antidepressant. It was, in many ways, a new beginning. But it didn’t go according to plan. Before long, Van Herpt stopped sleeping. And that’s when he […]

The Small Things.

I can’t believe how quickly the term is wrapping up. I’ve almost completed my 13 week stint in general medicine and I can definitely say there’s a drastic difference from that first week student nurse. I am not only more confident in my skills and assessments, but more aware of what is actually going on […]

7 Things Nurses Deal with that Make Others Freak Out.

By: Lee Nelson Being a nurse involves seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and dealing with some of life’s not-so-pleasant things. Nurses face it all from the grossest to the most stunning situations that would make the normal person squirm or run. They build up an immunity to it, but it’s still something that can make them very […]

The Little Things.

“Yesterday I overheard a nursing student snark, “yeah, this is why I’m in nursing school – so I can pass trays.” And if I hadn’t been up to my eyeballs in other things to do for my patients, I would have stopped and said: You’ve already missed the point entirely. I’m not sure why you […]

‘I want to talk!’ Waterloo students demonstrate for better mental health support

Months of waiting for counselling and the culture of high productivity has University of Waterloo students demonstrating at arts quad Thursday morning. “I want to talk!” One student chanted. “We want to listen!” The crowd answered. WaterlooWalkout for Mental Health was organized after a 22-year-old student in his fourth year of study died by suicide on […]