Before completing nursing school in October 2019, Julia Pavlova did her final three-month practical rotation at St. Paul’s Hospital, part of Vancouver-based Providence Health Care. When she joined the medicine nursing team there after graduation, she had no idea that five months later she’d volunteer to work in a new unit created for COVID-19 patients.
“Our people run toward a crisis and danger, not away from it,” says Christopher De Bono, vice president of mission, people and ethics. “COVID-19 reminds us – once again – of who we are as an organization and why we care. People come to Providence for the fit – it’s a sense of calling rather than a job.”
That’s certainly true for Pavlova. The 39-year-old mother of two daughters left a customer-service career for nursing after volunteering as an emergency room greeter at St. Paul’s.
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