Monday, 22 June 2015

Cardiac Staff Matters 22/06/15

Cardiac Staff Matters is a regular publication of updates, information, points to ponder, and news items that are significant to the Program. The aim is to pass these points on during huddles, in conversations, and by posting in clinical areas to ensure widest dissemination.

1. The Manitoba Association of Cardiology Technologists recently unveiled a brand new website, which was created with the assistance of Rabeea Siddiqui, one of the SBH Cardiology Technologists. Visit

2. The CSP Website Advisory Group would like to remind everyone of the wide variety of resources available on our website: Although the website has been getting an increasing number of hits, many people still don’t use it to its capacity. It’s also requested that you include the link in your email signature, to make it easy for others outside the program to find us! If you have any suggestions or ideas regarding the website, please forward those to Kelly Lukaszewski.

3. A warm welcome is extended to Soobia Naeem, who joined the CSP team at Seven Oaks on June 1. Soobia is a Cardiology Technologist hailing from Brampton, Ontario. Glad to have you aboard, Soobia!

4. We are pleased to announce that Emily Phillips has accepted the position as Continuing Education Instructor for 5A Cardiology (SBH). She will start in this new position on July 20. Join us in giving her a warm reception!

5. Congratulations to Kyle Eckhardt, Regional Clinical Engineer on being awarded the 2015 Early Career Achievement Award from the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society. Each year, this award is presented to an individual who has consistently demonstrated exceptional skills in such areas as: client services, technical performance, sophisticated scientific or technology development. Kyle’s work within our program has been invaluable and we very much agree with the CMBES’ assessment of his skills!

6. Rhonda Findlater, Program Team Manager for the Cardiac Surgery Inpatient Unit at SBH has accepted the position of Director, Education & Clinical Programs Support at SBH, and so will be leaving CSP. Thank you, Rhonda, for your many contributions to the program and best of luck in your new position!

7. Another new face within CSP at SBH: on August 3, Cheryl Swanson will be starting as the Program Team Manager on 5A Cardiology. Cheryl comes to us from the SBH Emergency Program, where she was the Continuing Education Instructor. Welcome, Cheryl!

8. On April 18, 2015 several nurses from the SBH Cardiac Surgery Inpatient Unit (CSIU) wrote the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Cardiovascular Nursing Certification exam. Congratulations to Kelsey Forest, Kyla Siatecki, Amanda Vermeire, Tara Lamoureux and Vida Ferrer who have received their CNA Certification in Cardiovascular Nursing.

In addition to this, congratulations also to Sandy Warren, Clinical Educator, Irene Nazarevich, CRN and Rhonda Findlater, PTM who obtained their 5 year CNA cardiovascular recertification. This is a great accomplishment and brings the total number of cardiovascular certified nurses on CSIU to twelve!

If you have any news or items of interest or information that you want to pass on to the rest of the Program and/or if you have feedback, please contact Kelly Lukaszewski at or 204.237.2743