Over his 10 years as a Registered Practical Nurse on Joseph Brant Hospital’s inpatient Mental Health Unit, Jason Antwi-Boasiako has supported many patients on their individual journey. But for him, one in particular stands out.
“When I first got into nursing, I didn’t really understand how big of a problem addictions were,” he says. “And then I met one patient who was suicidal after the loss of his family due to his addictions.”
Jason took the time to get to know the patient, and speak to him about his addiction to crack cocaine. The patient shared with Jason how he first got involved, and all he had lost based on his addiction.
“He’d tried to get sober, to undergo treatment, but he’s always relapse,” says Jason. “I was able to empathize with him and understand what he’s going through. In the end, we were able to get this man clean and connect him with services in the community. He was able to reconnect his family, find stable employment.”
After discharge, Jason received a letter from the patient, thanking him for being providing care without judgement, and helping him get his life back on track. “I’m proud of what we’re able to accomplish as a team, and the impact we’re having on people’s lives,” says Jason.