Some might remember back in January of this year Leslie switched careers. She went from being an Intensive Care Social Worker for 13 years at a Vancouver Hospital to an Organ Donation Specialist/In Hospital Organ Donation Coordinator. UPDATE:
After being in training with a preceptor since mid March I have officially graduated and was signed off on Tuesday at BC Transplant as an independent practitioner with a mentor. This seriously has been and still is one of the hardest things I have done career wise. Learning critical care medicine in practice is a whole other ball of wax versus being a social worker and knowing medicine in layman’s terms.
I will always be in training as there is still so much to learn and do in my two roles but to be honest in the beginning I could not see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s my first week on call by myself technically speaking but will always have back up. That is how we do it at BC Transplant. You should never feel alone while doing call and I don’t. Here’s to continue success and a long healthy career with organ donation.