Patricia Taciuk: 40 Years - Retired
Having recently retired from a 40-year career as an RN, Patricia Taciuk reflected on her career and provided advice for those entering the profession.
With nearly 40 years of registered nursing under her belt, Patricia Taciuk is now happily retired from her monumental career. So why did Taciuk choose nursing? Like many, it was a familial experience that drove her to this incredible profession. “My Grandma Boulton was a great influencer in my decision-making, with a number of medical conditions herself, she advocated for the difference it made in her life and her huge admiration for the nurse.” She took that motivation with her to more than 15 different practice areas and career moves, sharing her knowledge and expertise.
Taciuk noted that she wished she had known how busy and hard nursing would be before she started, but she has loved her career, the opportunities she had, the teams she has been a part of and the clients she has been able to serve. “There are so many favourite parts for me as a nurse, but first and foremost is the client,” said Taciuk. “There is nothing that provides more satisfaction than seeing a client through their episode of care from illness to wellness, or assisting students through their education journey, or project work from beginning to end and improvements you have made impacting clients.”
Having had the opportunity to experience different practice areas throughout her career, Taciuk concluded by sharing the following with new and novice nurses: “The local, national and international career opportunities are endless. Nurses have an extraordinary ability to move into different practice areas, aside from all acute specialties and long-term care, there is forensic nursing, occupational health & safety, military, management, education, research, nurse practitioner, private duty, air ambulance, rural and remote, and so on. The opportunities are endless!”