Registered Nurse, Misericordia Community Hospital and Westview Health Centre
Cristina Loterzo’s dedication to self-improvement and professional mastery sets her apart. In addition to pursuing professional certification courses, she participates in department improvement projects. She has contributed to committee work on documentation improvement, department redesign and mentorship and sits on the department quality council. She has developed patient resources and is in the process of applying for funding to conduct a quality-improvement initiative of her own design. On top of all this, Cristina is a union representative for her unit.
“Early in my career, I realized that I can improve not only my practice, but also the work life of my colleagues. I have been able to contribute beyond textbook bedside nursing, which has greatly benefited my own happiness and my workplace, further driving my pursuit of growth and advancement.”
On a broader scale, Cristina participated in research dedicated to improving cardiac care in Western Canada and has had a manuscript accepted by the Canadian Journal of Emergency Nursing. Cristina is a positive influence on the education of others as a preceptor to paramedic students and as an informal mentor to her peers. Her colleagues describe her as professional, compassionate, courteous and always giving herself to patients, colleagues and the profession.
“My colleagues are an imperative piece in my motivation towards excellence. I am privileged to work with an amazing multi-disciplinary team who expand my knowledge base, benefitting my own academic adventure, my colleagues and my patients.”
Cristina understands how impactful it is to care, not only for her patients, but for their families as well. When a clinically-deteriorating patient’s care was transferred to the resuscitation team, Cristina made contacting the patient’s family her priority. She volunteered to bring the patient’s wife into the resuscitation, was able to explain what was happening, what the plan was, then reached out to the patient’s family for extra supports. Although the responsibility for accompanying families is usually one filled by a senior nurse, Cristina was able to recognize the need for family presence and ensure that the patient’s wife was able to spend the last few minutes with her husband, moments she would not have had otherwise.
Cristina’s enthusiasm and contributions to the well-being of her colleagues, the functioning of the department and the advancement of the profession far exceed the expectations of a nurse so junior to the profession.