Course leader for Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing, Cindy Boughen, welcomed the Regional Director Acute Medicine, Elmer Pangilinan, from the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority to share his Leadership journey with her third year nursing students.
Elmer answered questions students had about his changing perspective as his career evolved. He shared examples of how creativity and challenging the way people think can help solve problems. He spoke of how nursing was “wired for problem solving”, and this can be applied beyond bedside nursing to advocate for people to come up with their own solutions.
His inspirational message included tips on how to balance a leadership role, adapt, prioritize and to manage time.
His advice for the entry to practice Registered nurse was “just don’t sit there”, “get involved”. Elmer expressed, “Sometimes being scared is a good thing; It helps you grow.”
Thank you to Elmer for taking time to share his inspirational and encouraging words to the third year Red River College Nursing Students.