Carrie Gardipy: 26 Years Practising
Carrie Gardipy always had an interest in health and healing, so when she entered the nursing profession 26 years ago, she knew she had found her calling. With nearly two decades of experience, she shared her biggest takeaways from working in this ever-changing profession.
Carrie Gardipy has been working as an RN for 26 years. From acute care to northern primary care to nursing administration, Gardipy has shared her caring nature with clients from Saskatchewan to Quebec. “I have always had an interest in health and healing,” said Gardipy. “When I entered nursing in 1990, there was an underrepresentation of Aboriginal Health Professionals, provincially and nationally, so I knew I could make a difference.”
Gardipy reflected on the unique aspects of the nursing profession. “My favourite part of this career is the diversity, autonomy and the wide range of opportunities.” Specifically, she noted the privilege of being a part of the life circle of clients and families. “From pregnancy and birth, child and youth, adulthood, elders, and all of the moments in between, RNs are trusted to help in the most vulnerable times in a person’s life,” said Gardipy. “My most valued experience has been working in northern Saskatchewan in the role of RN(AAP). Having the autonomy and direct influence on the quality of care for our northern population has been rewarding.”
Gardipy has had tremendous experience throughout her career, and as a mentor to many, she shared what she wished she would have known before entering the profession and what she thinks the next generation of nurses should know. “I wish I had known the importance of being resilient before I started my career,” reflected Gardipy. “In the fast-changing world of nursing, being adaptable and flexible are important traits of RNs.” And when it comes to her own approach to nursing care, she shared that her biggest takeaway has been, “the importance of holistic and client centred health care—physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health.” Gardipy concluded with her favourite piece of advice: “With commitment and confidence, anything is possible!”