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NATIONAL NURSING WEEK 2017

Rosemary (Rose) Cameirao

Markham Stouffville Hospital

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aturday at Costco is usually a routine shopping experience for most people. Shoppers are in the busy aisles, finding all the things they need and are rushing to the cash register. On June 4, 2016, Rosemary (Rose) Cameirao was just like every other shopper except when she used her skills, training and quick thinking to save a life. When you hear someone shout “Call 911” and you’re a nurse, your instincts kick in and you’re doing everything you’ve been trained to do – even if you are not an emergency responder. As a registered nurse at Markham Stouffville Hospital’s (MSH’s) paediatric clinic and inpatient unit, and NICU, Rose supports and cares for our youngest patients – from newborns to 18 years old. She is amazing with our patients and their families, including new moms who have been discharged after giving birth. She is extremely patient and conscientious always making

time to listen to all their concerns despite a busy schedule. Rose used the same care and emotional support she uses at MSH for a 67 year old woman named Mary who choked on a hot dog at Costco that day in June. She was lifeless when Rose went to her – she performed CPR three times and the hotdog popped out. Mary immediately came to and was breath-

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ing. Rose then continued to comfort Mary and her husband, Joseph until EMS took them to the Emergency Department at MSH. Despite all of this happening on her day off, Rose literally went the extra mile and picked them up at MSH when Mary’s care was complete to bring them back to Costco to get their car. She also helped with the incident report at Costco and even asked for their money back on the hotdog. Costco management did much more than that – they paid for the ambulance and all their groceries – Rose even got a free chicken! As one of Rose’s colleagues at the hospital, I was amazed when she shared this story with me. But I wasn’t surprised. Knowing Rose, this is exactly how I would have expected her to act. Rose was so concerned about everyone around her and directed everyone at the scene to make sure everything and

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everyone was taken care of. Shoppers and staff at Costco saw this amazing side of Rose for a few minutes. Her colleagues and the families she cares for at MSH see this side of her every day she comes into work. Rose makes sure that everyone is taken care of and provides emotional support and reassurances to all involved. Myself and her other colleagues at MSH have a lot of respect for Rose, she is an outstanding, supportive and very giving person and nurse. We are very lucky to have her in our MSH family and the Markham community. She has been at MSH since the day it opened 27 years ago – she embodies MSH’s philosophy that patient care is at the H centre of everything we do. ■

Nominated by: Wendy Cheung

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