Meet Janet Fisher:
Choosing what you want to study when you get to post-secondary school is a very tough and personal choice. By grade 11, Primary Healthcare Manager Janet Fisher had her choice narrowed down to two options.
“I think in grade 11 when I started to think about what I wanted to do I knew I wanted to either be a nurse or a teacher,” she said.
It was her caring nature that led her to know that she wanted to help people, whatever career path she chose.
“I decided I didn’t have enough patience to be in a classroom, and nursing is such a broad career with a lot of opportunity,” she said.
So, Janet enrolled at Memorial University into the bachelor of nursing program. As a part of her course at Memorial she worked in the Health Science Centre. In 1993, she graduated from her studies and began working immediately in Bonavista as a casual community health nurse.
Her experiences include acute care, long term care, outpatients, emergency and a brief eight month position as Patient/Resident Care Coordinator. In 1999, she started working in community health and continued to do so for five years when, in September of 2004, she was hired on a temporary contract to be Primary Healthcare Manager. After the contract had expired, she was hired on as a full-time employee.
Throughout her career, Janet has enjoyed working with people. Whether that means she was working one-on-one with a patient in a clinical setting or in a group setting at a meeting with a committee or with community groups to help promote healthcare.
“I really enjoy working with people, I am a people person. Working in healthcare you get to work with members of the care giving team, community advocacy groups and other community members,” Janet said.
Hard work and dedication, along with a firm focus on what is best for the public and the patients shows that Janet Fisher is Living the Values at Eastern Health.