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They name her Mama T, and for good cause

They name her Mama T, and for good cause

They name her Mama T, and for good cause

Morning crew huddles within the Well being Sciences Centre Winnipeg (HSC) Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) typically finish with the saying “It’s going to be an important day and I’ll see you on the market,” from Tracey Williams, a scientific useful resource nurse affectionately identified by her colleagues and crew members as “Mama T”.

Tracey begins every shift with the ‘lay of the land’ because the care crew gathers to share vital info and planning particulars for particular person sufferers receiving care on the unit. Nevertheless it’s her dedication to sharing optimistic and motivational phrases throughout huddles and over the unit’s radios (their Voceras) that has earned her the nickname.

“I’ve adopted a special quote for daily of the week. There’s Motivation Monday, Considerate Tuesday, Wellness Wednesday and so forth,” stated Williams. “I’d say one thing like ‘In the event you make one individual smile at this time you’ve carried out an important job!’ and hopefully that can make them smile too.”

Williams grew up along with her mother and father and 5 siblings within the city of Ethelbert simply north of Dauphin, Manitoba. Her mom was adamant that she additional her schooling so Williams opted to pursue nursing proper out of highschool. 17 years later, Williams enrolled within the vital care nursing schooling program seeking to develop her horizons and her potential to assist the sickest sufferers.

“Having all these years of normal nursing expertise actually ready me for this profession path,” stated Williams. “I actually really feel {that a} sturdy basis is vital to turning into a superb ICU nurse. I’m proud to say being within the MICU, I’ve grown into an excellent higher nurse.”

The MICU crew cares for critically ailing sufferers from throughout the province, North Western Ontario and Nunavut. The care offered within the unit helps people with life-threatening diseases and accidents who require very specialised remedy and shut monitoring. The ICU crew is multidisciplinary, with totally different professions working collectively to deal with sufferers with co-existing circumstances or problems, a number of organ failures, and extreme sickness. It’s an setting the place supporting each other is as vital as supporting sufferers and their households.

“Our unit – or our home as we name it – could be very intimidating.,” stated Williams. “It’s heavy work and it may be miserable however additionally it is very rewarding. Our crew is a household and once we see sufferers get higher, we all know our efforts have helped them.” 

As a scientific useful resource nurse, Williams’ function is dynamic with tasks starting from the coordination of affected person circulation and care to working alongside members of the care crew throughout a code. With greater than 33 years’ expertise, Williams is acknowledged as an skilled on the unit, somebody who can typically anticipate the subsequent steps and whose expertise is significant to the educational and improvement of others within the unit.

Her crew has named her “Mama T”, largely for the steerage and assist she provides throughout every shift and for the function she performs inside the crew, because the ‘glue’ that holds them collectively.

“It’s the little issues that make individuals really feel valued and assist them have a superb day,” stated Williams. “We work laborious however we additionally have a good time milestones collectively like birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. I simply can’t say sufficient good issues about this crew. This unit is my dwelling.”

Williams has additionally seen the opposite facet of the healthcare system, receiving care as a affected person when her well being – and life – have been threatened.  

“I can say for a truth; I didn’t assume I used to be going to have the ability to come again to work however the skilled well being care crew that took care of me saved my life,” stated Williams. “Because of the crew, I rallied. I used to be decided and now I’ve come again stronger than ever with a renewed religion, appreciation and gratitude for all times and for this crew.”

“My new motto is ‘rely my blessings’ and I acknowledge that daily is a present so I respect it, and everybody, greater than I ever have.”

Williams was nominated by a crew member as a well being care hero for her day-to-day willingness to champion the MICU household and their sufferers.

“It was very humbling to win. I don’t name myself a hero, that is my job. I consider myself as a vital a part of sustaining affected person circulation,” stated Williams. “Our unit is a well-oiled machine, and we work very well collectively. Everybody right here has an vital function. I’m actually proud to be a nurse, and to be a nurse on this crew.”

For individuals who are considering of turning into a vital care nurse, Williams provides a bit of recommendation.  

“There is no such thing as a such factor as a foul query. I used to be as soon as a brand new nurse and I’m nonetheless studying daily. I ask a whole lot of questions in rounds and the employees will typically thank me for asking as a result of they have been considering it too,” added Williams. “That’s how we study. Drugs is all the time altering and the educational by no means ends.”

On the finish of each shift, employees wait to show off their Vocera radios till they hear from ‘Mama-T’:  

“Okay everybody, it’s 7:15 pm and we’ve made it by the shift. We’ve had a troublesome day and I actually respect you and all that you just’ve carried out. Thanks on your laborious work at this time. In the event you’re again right here tomorrow, I’ll see you then and if not; have an important remainder of your weekend and drive dwelling protected. Goodnight!”


This week, in recognition of Canadian Intensive Care Week, we thank and have a good time the extremely specialised groups that present compassionate, skilled and important care to our sickest sufferers in all Intensive Care Items all through Manitoba. 

If you’re concerned with turning into a vital care nurse go to wrha.mb.ca/critical-care/orientation-program/  for extra info.