John Dewsnap has worked as a Charge Nurse in the Inpatient Mental Health Unit for Joseph Brant Hospital for 20 years. As the Charge Nurse, John oversees patient flow, supervises nursing staff and monitors the needs of the staff and patients.
John had worked on medical units,long-term care and corrections before coming to Joseph Brant Hospital.
“I feel fortunate that I’ve been able to bring what I’ve learned from the various settings to help me along the way and with my current position,” says John.
Over the years, one of the most memorable moments John remembers was helping a patient who came to their unit after suffering a terrible injury at work. They were unable to return to their job and suffered many losses because of this.
“I remember sitting with them on several occasions, as they vented and expressed their concerns,” says John.
The team was able to help the patient with medication adjustments and getting connected with support in the community. “A few years later, they came back to visit us on the unit, to let us know that they were back on their feet and doing well. They told us that they were very grateful for all the help they got from the staff on the unit, and that they remembered that I let them vent and cry which meant a lot to them,” says John.
Working in the Mental Health & Addictions unit, John has found how incredible the team is.
“The staff are amazing, and we all work together to help people manage their condition. Whether it be for education surrounding their medications or connecting them with the right resources in the community,” says John.
John notes how the COVID-19 pandemic has made things very difficult for everyone. Seeing how many people are feeling isolated and lonely, he notes that the Mental Health & Addictions program has grown and been made more accessible for the community.
“Patients that are discharged are able to get follow-up appointments quicker and are better connected to the resources in the community that they need,” says John. “I would also say thank you to our community and donors because it’s their support and contributions that are helping the hospital continue its mission.”