May 15, 2017
We are very excited to congratulate the latest Health Care Hero, Precy Pilorin, an RN at Hospice and on 7W-Palliative at Lions Gate Hospital. Congratulations Precy!
After a North Shore resident made a donation to the Foundation specifically naming Precy as their Health Care Hero, we were pleased to recognize her for her outstanding level of care and service to our community. Precy was presented with a Health Care Hero pin and recognition letter.
We asked her about her career and here’s what she had to say:
Initially, nursing was not my priority choice of profession. I was at a loss like most teenagers in deciding a field of study after high school. My grandfather who lived in New York opened my eyes to nursing because it was a good ticket to work abroad and can make a comfortable life as he put it. I came to Canada under the live-in caregiver program 20 years ago. I was looking after a woman with Pick’s Disease, a form of ALZ. When she passed away, I worked at a variety of businesses to Home Support in Vancouver and the North Shore. I enjoyed the job at the time. However, after 10 years, I felt boredom and restrictions, longing to do more for a sick person. I knew I was capable of doing more that would alleviate my client’s sufferings. I decided to go back home (Philippines) to get volunteer hours as a pre-requisite for my registration. The RNABC (now CRNBC) discouraged me from doing so, as I needed a Canadian setting to be employed and that no one would employ me here. I pushed and said I would bite the bullet, deal with updates of my requirements when I find it difficult to get a job. I was given a chance to challenge the exam. I prayed to the heavens. I made a pact that if I am meant to be a nurse and it is my calling then I would pass the exam. I would do my best to be a good nurse. I did! I was so grateful of the success. I got hired instantly prior to the issuance of my registration. I am thankful of the opportunity. My first job was at a nursing Home in Burnaby, then I moved to the Hospice at the same place, until I got bumped and laid off due to the changes of care model in a nursing home. It was devastating. I did not lose hope. I went back to school to upgrade into acute care setting. I had to beg to the program coordinator to have the clinical part of the studies as it was not offered. I believed that the clinical part was the core of the theory. I was asked to coordinate at least 5 students including myself to support the funds for the Hospital fee where the clinical practice would take place. I presented 6 students and the clinical practice was formulated that year in 2010, the first ever given by the Vancouver Community College. I started working at LGH in the fall of 2011 at Evergreen for a month or so and was hired in the palliative unit that same year. As my other coworkers told me, once one moves to the acute tower, one never goes back to Evergreen. They were definitely right. What I like most about what I do is the opportunity to meet different cultures, different people in every walk of life. It is not just simply meeting them and communicating with them but being able to care for them and be part of the healing or journey. Simply touching their lives and mine. A simple message that is deep and unique. It makes me feel fulfilled as a human being. My favourite story in my career is fulfilling a patient’s greatest and last wish before she passed away. I admitted this patient at the North Shore Hospice 3 years ago, I learned that her last wish was to go home (Philippines) to be with her family. She had only a nephew and friends looking after her here. She wanted to be with her 96 year old dad, and her siblings and spent her last days on earth with them. I suggested to hire an RN or LPN to go with her on the trip. She asked me to go with her. I was stunned and could not decide because it was almost Christmas and I had never done any preparations for my family and it was my vacation time in 5 days. In addition to that, I could only go and back. Too many things to consider on my part. She offered payment for my lost wages so I would agree. I refused and told her I do it as a friend. My family agreed for me to go with her. I connected with our palliative doctor looking to send her back and organized with her friends. She and I with her nephew and went on a plane to her HOME. In 2 weeks time, on New Year’s Day, she died. These are the experiences any human being might get into. However being a nurse gives me a privilege to go over and beyond, immeasurable by any circumstances. Being a part of a patient’s journey to life wherever part I come along is something beyond expectations. My experiences of being a nurse are beyond compare and the messages of touching one’s life and how they touch my life are not explainable and not written in any doctrines or books because it is the experience that matters and the legacy I leave to my family and to every individual that I gave and will give my caring service and my heart to. Nothing is impossible with determination and passion to go to a destination and calling.
Honour a Health Care Hero
You can recognize your hero by making a donation in a staff member’s honour and say thank you for the important work and care that was provided. Your hero will receive a special Health Care Hero pin and letter of thanks for a job well done from Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.