Misty Stephens was named the 2017 Health Care Hero for Fraser Health at the 11th annual BC Health Care Awards.
Adjusting to life with an ostomy following bowel surgery isn't easy, but if Misty Stephens is your nurse, you can be sure that you are receiving the best possible care.
Misty is a registered nurse at Peace Arch and Burnaby hospitals who specializes in wound, ostomy and continence care. Ostomy patients have both physical and emotional care needs as they adjust to life post-surgery, and Misty is committed to caring for the entire patient, ensuring that their wounds are properly cared for to prevent infections, and connecting her patients with support programs so they have access to the emotional or even financial support they may need.
Misty launched an outpatient ostomy clinic to ensure that her patients have the support and care they need after they are discharged. Colleagues report that patients often come to the clinic crying, overcome by stress, but leave laughing as Misty helps them to see that life does not end with an ostomy, it just changes.
For raising the standards of care for ostomy patients, and supporting patients throughout their entire journey, Misty Stephens has been named this year’s Health Care Hero for Fraser Health.
About BC Health Care Awards
Presented by the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) on Monday, June 26, the awards recognize the efforts of health care employees who provide quality care and acknowledge excellence and innovation in publicly funded health care. Learn more about this year's award recipients.