In Honour of Janice Christine Buller
- Sponsor: Bev Grossler - on behalf of her colleagues at Lillooet District Hospital
- April 14, 1972 - January 17, 2013
Janice had a passion for rural nursing and a natural ability to deliver quality care within a relational practice. Janice graduated with her diploma RN from the University College of the Cariboo after completing an Associate of Arts Degree in general Studies. She worked in a number of positions before settling on a path as a rural nurse at the Lillooet Hospital. Her practice included maternity, palliative care, emergency and operating room nursing along with general ward duties.
Janice then moved into a community health nurse role where she became a certified CVAA nurse [Canadian Vascular Access Association]. She completed complex wound care courses and was often consulted by others for her expertise in this and many other specialised courses. As the sole nurse in this Integrated Community Health Nurse role, Janice was able to successfully blend the roles of Home Care, Long Term Care Case Manager, Palliative care support and the Ambulatory Care Clinic for Lillooet and the surrounding area.
Janice's smile was infectious and she met every challenge with 'gusto'.
Janice's support of a more remote community in the area, that had been without Home Care Nursing services for an extended period of time, was in part driven by her commitment to some clients who had difficulty with travelling to us. It was during her travels into this community that Janice's life tragically ended. Janice touched many lives with her compassion, enthusiasm and laughter. She held many hands and ensured that her clients lived and died with compassion and integrity.
She will be remembered for her courage and her legacy will live on in those that were blessed to have known her.
Photo credit: Kat Hadford Photography