Nurses comprise 70% of staff at NHH

Registered Practical Nurses — Registered Nurses — Nurse Practitioners

Above image: ( L-R)Katy, RPN; Michelle, RN Charge; Julia, RPN; Karen, RN; Joanna, RN

The past year, nurses have been an important part of Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH) response to the health challenges the community has faced.  In fact, nurses make up close to 70 percent of NHH’s total staff complement.

The title of “nurse” in Ontario can only be used to refer to a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN), a Registered Nurse (RN), or a Nurse Practitioner (NP).

Though the common impression of nursing might be one of the bedside nurse, and this is certainly a prevalent and imperative role at NHH as well as across the province, nurses on the NHH team also work in professional practice, clinical informatics, occupational health, management, mental health, infection prevention, human resources, telemedicine, and more

The care and professionalism nurses bring to the hospital setting are fundamental to the delivery of high-quality healthcare.

(L-R) Restorative Nurses: Rebecca, RPN; Alisha, RPN; Sara, RPN; Kaitlyn, RPN; Samantha, RPN

Registered Practical Nurses or RPNs are college-educated nurses who care for patients throughout the hospital in more predictable or non-severe conditions, playing a key role in patient recovery.

(L-R) Megan, RN – GEM Nurse; Kamila, RN; Alicia, RN; Kathy, RN

University-taught, Registered Nurses are critical members of the care team and bring their extensive knowledge to their roles to provide care to patients with more severe or unstable health conditions.


(Standing) Jessica, NP; Sam, NP Student; (Sitting) Shannon, RPN

Nurse Practitioners or NPs are registered nurses of the extended class, with advanced education and an increased scope of practice that allows them to provide primary, acute, and specialty health care in a variety of settings. Since the first NP at NHH was hired in 2013, the NP scope of practice has also been steadily expanded to include controlled drug prescribing, admission and discharge of hospitalized patients, expansions in the ordering of selected diagnostic imaging tests, and most recently to serve as the ‘Most Responsible Practitioner’ MRP in both Inpatient Rehabilitation and Restorative Care (more information on this expansion:

There are many diverse roles and specialties a career in nursing can lead to, and no matter their role, the nurses at NHH share a depth of knowledge and a caring spirit. These are nurses like Ellen.

Ellen, RN and Manager, Occupational Health and Infection Control



Growing up, Ellen always wanted to be a nurse. She has been part of the NHH team since 2014, and her experiences before this, which range from medical/surgical nursing, to public health, and clinical instruction, really highlight the broad array of ways nursing can be practiced. Today, she is the Manager of Occupational Health and Infection Control at NHH.

Ellen has been a Northumberland County resident since 1999 and has fallen in love with the community as well as our hospital. She feels her current role is her perfect fit as it blends her long-held interest in science and her passion for the prevention of the spread of infectious disease with many opportunities for human connection as she gets to know and help the other members of the NHH team.

“We’re really lucky in Northumberland County and at NHH to have a hospital of this calibre that still maintains a small community feeling throughout it,” Ellen shares. “People on the team make an effort to say hi, or to get to know your name and even as we grow, it feels like we’re a family. The health of our community is so important to this team and I think that has to do with how many people not only work in the community, but live here and have deeper connections with friends and loved ones here – our team gets invested in the community’s health because it’s not just any community, it’s our community.”

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