Associate Profiles Judy Rowbotham

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Judy Rowbotham, RPN, GN (certification)

College of Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia. (Active member)

Qualifications and Education

NCCP level one. Coaching certification

Dec /09

Vancouver Community College.
Geriatric Nursing certification

April /94

Regent’s College-University of New York.
6 credits-advance nrsg.

June /87

B.C.I.T. Health care management - 6 credits

Fall /86

B.C.I.T. Psych. Nursing

Dec /85

Douglas College - Sociology and Normalization cert.

June /82

Judy is an active and registered member of the college of Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia. She also has certification in geriatric nursing.  Presently she is completing her diploma in the Provincial Instructor program – P.I.D. with Vancouver Community College.

In the mid 1990’s Judy owned and operated an Adult Day care – “Keith House”.  The program ended in 2000.  In 2006 Judy started a health services business – “Siubhvn Health Services”. She is the sole proprietor and it is still operational.

Judy is a pioneer at Lions Gate Hospital. Prior to her hiring in 1989, Lions gate Hospital did not hire Psychiatric Nurses to work in sub-acute and palliative care areas.  After Judy was hired and her performance reviewed it was decided that they would hire more Psych nurses for these areas.  Judy’s main duties at LGH were to work on the floor as a staff nurse, in-service staff on different milieus, mentor students and new staff.  Judy also sat on the occupational health and safety committee for 5 years while working at Lions Gate Hospital.  In 2006, Judy was invited to teach at Vancouver Career College Burnaby, B.C.  This involved teaching modules in pharmacy, nurse core, communication and nursing arts to practical nursing students.  In 2008 she was asked and hired to perform the duties of the Practical Nurse Coordinator at Vancouver Career College.  The contract ended in June 2009.

In September 2009 Judy was offered a position as the Assistant Director of Care at Rosewood Manor, Richmond B.C. This facility is a 150 bed complex care residences.  Rosewood also has a 36 bed Special Care Unit.  In September she also contracted out her services to Vancouver Community College, Broadway Campus to teach on Fridays in their continuing care health studies. Her duties vary from classroom instruction to clinical.  Judy actively sits on three committees.  She is an active member in the Lower mainland Director’s of care, she is the secretary for the Richmond Director’s of care and sits on the Vancouver Community College PAC committee.

August 2010 finds Judy as the Director of Care at the German Canadian Care Home in Vancouver.  The home has 137 beds and 180 staff.  Her duties include:  responsibility for hiring and firing staff, scheduling of staff, any disciplinary action for all human resources related concerns regarding staff.  Judy is responsible for admissions and discharges working with the provincial Mental Health authority.  She acts as a liaison between the Doctors and the Pharmacy.  Her responsibilities also include budgeting and fiscal matters for the care/nurse department.  In what spare time she has, she is the "default" social worker so all family concerns are forwarded to her.

Her volunteer work includes teaching Judo on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Another aspect of volunteering with a Judo club is the fund raising and coaching at tournaments around B.C.  that Judy does.  Judy is a mother, an outdoor recreationist and enthusiast, and enjoys her family life.

Experience

Judy’s experience in health care has been varied and due to this it has enhanced her expertise in her field. Before entering nursing school she worked in the Bank-CIBC and in a group home for mentally challenged young adults.  While putting herself through college she worked as a care aide. This experience proved invaluable. It made her understand the day to day needs of the staff and pt./clients.  It became evident how the environment either enhance or disabled the staff/clients abilities to perform more efficiently and recuperate more quickly depend quite literally in part by the environment they were being cared for in.  After graduating her first job was a facility called “Cooper Place ICF.”  It was located in the east end of Vancouver and catered to clients that lived in this area.  It was challenging but rewarding.  After 3 years at “Cooper Place” and a quick working holiday in Australia she decided to return to work in a hospital.  Judy applied at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver.  She was hired in the summer of 1989 and worked there full time until 2006 then went casual until March of 2009. She worked with the chronically ill (all ages) , transitory care (semi rehab.) and palliative care.  In May 2006 Judy went to work for Vancouver Career College as a full time instructor and in 2008 as their Practical Nurse Coordinator.

In the summer of 2009 Judy’s career changed to a more administrate role as the Assistant Director of Care at Rosewood Manor. Finally, 2010 Judy became the Director of Care at the German Canadian Care Home in Vancouver. Judy has continued to contract her services to Vancouver Community College where she teaches in the Resident Care aide program.

In total Judy has 25 plus years in the health care sector.  She has worked in environments void of comfort and accessibility to areas designed with the resident and staff needs being addressed.  As a health care professional and provider she can assure you the difference in the client’s recovery and over all well being in the client that is being cared for in an environment conducive to a speedy recovery.  It is reassuring to know that finally these needs are being recognized as essential and not simply cosmetic.

 

 

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