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Kelowna Nurse Honoured

The Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC (NNPBC) held its 2018 Nursing Awards of Excellence gala in Vancouver on December 17th honouring individuals who have exemplified outstanding nursing in the province of BC. Kelowna Registered Nurse, Brenda Epp was among the recipients, recognized in the category of Excellence in Nursing Practice.

Brenda was recognized as an outstanding nurse leader and clinician in her work as the Program Manager and Registered Nurse for a twelve-bed Withdrawal Management Unit, operated by The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society in Kelowna. She leads a team of more than 20 staff and together they deliver exceptional around the clock care for patients who struggle with substance use issues and require a supported medically supervised environment for withdrawal.

Brenda Epp, Honoured for Nursing Excellence

Brenda is recognized by staff, colleagues, physicians and the community as personifying excellence in nursing. Compassionate, skilled, professional and curious, Brenda sets the standard for her unit. Steadfast in her unwavering and unconditional positive regard for her patients, she confers dignity and respect to the most marginalized and vulnerable individuals in the region. As Program Manager, Brenda is always at the forefront of implementing leading edge and evidence informed practice in the ever-evolving addictions field. It is this passion that has led Brenda to offer community naloxone training, be instrumental in the establishment of a Youth Withdrawal Management Unit and lead the development of a program that provided nursing care to the residents of Kelowna’s homeless shelters.

Brenda notes that she is privileged to work with a kind, loving, smart, and honest staff. In her acceptance speech, she also recognized the many people who have accessed substance use services and their impact on her nursing practice. She noted that program participants have taught her what is important in life and that through their vulnerability, emotional and physical pain, she witnesses hope and resiliency. Brenda went on to credit the doctors who have wrapped science and best practices with kindness and respect for all alike. “I would like to thank The Bridge Youth & Family Services who have given me the opportunity to combine my values with my nursing practice and allow me to be a part of a dynamic, compassionate, and creative organization and the board of directors of NNPBC for acknowledging the good work that is being done in our communities,” said Brenda.

“Brenda’s ethical, authentic, and client-focused approach to nursing inspires those that work for her to achieve the best that they can for her and the people they serve,” notes John Yarschenko, Director of Recovery and Addiction Services for The Bridge Youth & Family Services.

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