ICU Manager named Nurse of the Year

March 14, 2013

A Nurse at Seven Oaks Hospital has been named Critical Care Nurse of the Year for 2012Crisfinal

Crist (Cris) Gomez has worked as a nurse since coming to Canada from the Philippines in 1969 and became a critical care nurse at Seven Oaks Hospital in 2003. She has been the Nurse Manager for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Seven Oaks since 2008.

The annual award was presented by the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses at its Annual General Meeting on February 19.

Her nominator Blair Stevenson, who is a nurse and Program Director for Emergency and ICU at Seven Oaks commended her for her leadership style as someone who “rolls up her sleeves and works shoulder to shoulder with her team in ICU.”

He also cited her work to advocate for the integration of Clinical Resource Nurses in ICU’s regionally and her commitment to “develop a culture of patient safety and quality.”

Asked about the award, Cris seemed surprised to get the recognition as someone who studied for and became a Critical Care Nurse late in her career. “Peer recognition is the highest recognition you can get in your career … it is so humbling,” she said.

Previous to her work as nurse manager in Seven Oaks ICU, Cris has also worked in staff development, administration, central processing, and has also been an Operating Room Supervisor.