Stories of the Heart

Stories of the Heart

Stories of the Heart

Eight months ago, the COVID-19 pandemic took the world by storm. While it left many out of a job, others needed to give more than they ever had. ‘Stories of the Heart,’ a short film from The BC Centre for Palliative Care, recounts the experience of four Health Care Assistants (HCAs) in British Columbia; stories of patience, perseverance, and empathy. The compilation of real experiences from over 80 HCAs formed what these four actors share. This is a short film that is definitely worth the watch.

Throughout the first few months of the pandemic, we could hear clapping, howling, and the banging of pots and pans at 7 p.m. every night in honour of our front line health-care workers in British Columbia. Still, in ‘Stories of the Heart,’ one HCA expresses he sometimes feels ‘invisible to everyone.’ Then he recalls a time when the community sent a gift basket to the care team where he works and that this reminded him of how the work they do is valued and recognized.

These stories are important because they show us what is happening behind the scenes and help us better understand the challenges HCAs all around our province are facing. Take a minute and think about how it would feel caring for an aging adult who could not receive visitors or even see your smile because it was hidden behind a mask. Or what it would feel like to not be able to hug your toddler when you came home, afraid of infecting them. This work requires creativity, such as organizing a dance party to bring the mood up at lunchtime, compassion, and so much heart.

Although these have been challenging times, one HCA says that she ‘can’t imagine doing anything else,’ stating that this work ‘feeds your soul.’ ‘You get these special moments,’ she says, recounting a time at the end of her work shift where a resident she knew well was dying. She stayed with him until the end, not wanting him to be alone. She felt honoured to have been there for him in that moment.   

‘Stories of the Heart’ will speak to your heart; it will give you hope in humanity. Watch and share it with your family, friends, and colleagues, and remember to show kindness to HCAs who do so much for us and our loved ones daily.

Watch ‘Stories of the Heart’ here:

The BC Centre for Palliative Care has gathered multiple resources, from recorded webinars to links to education, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. They aim to help Health Care Assistants with this life-limiting illness. Visit: https://bc-cpc.github.io/covid/ for more information.

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HCA Dual Credit Options

HCA Dual Credit Options

HCA Dual Credit Options

High school students! Did you know you might be eligible to participate in a school-funded HCA dual credit training? You can earn dual credits that count towards your high school diploma and your HCA certificate at the same time! For more info, follow these steps:

  1.  Talk to your school counsellor to learn about HCA Dual Credit program opportunities at your school, and
  2. Check out our Employment page for HCA postings on employers’ job boards to see what kinds of opportunities are waiting for you after graduation

See what some of the HCA dual credit students have to say about the program:

 

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Brittany Hughes Is A Health Care Assistant Making A Difference in Fort St. John

Brittany Hughes Is A Health Care Assistant Making A Difference in Fort St. John

Brittany Hughes Is A Health Care Assistant Making A Difference in Fort St. John

Being a care aide is so much more than what people think and expect. We are the eyes, ears and voices of the elderly. We are their families… in so many ways,” says Brittany Hughes, a Health Care Assistant with the Northern Health Authority (NHA), working and living in Fort St. John. In the video below created by NHA, Brittany shares that she thinks of the residents she cares for as her family. She says fondly, “I have like 20 great grandmas and 20 great grandpas.” To Brittany, her work is like her second home and this is thanks to the great relationship she has with the residents, and the culture at work which she refers to as calm and laidback. “I find that everyone is really considerate of each other and supportive of each other.”

This support doesn’t just end at the workplace. Brittany sees it everywhere she goes in Fort St. John, and even when entering a store, she says you feel welcomed. “The people are so caring and loving towards each other, and I just think that’s beautiful.” The community of Fort St. John is family-oriented and active. Brittany enjoys hiking, and going to the sports centre with her kids who love to play hockey and speed skate. Watch the video for more on why Brittany Hughes is glad to call Fort St. John home.

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