The Long-Term Care Crisis in Quebec and Canada with Natalie Stake-Doucet and Roya Kazempour

Watch and listen as Gail Donner and Mary Wheeler have an incredibly honest and passionate conversation with Natalie Stake-Doucet and Roya Kazempour, nurses in Quebec’s long-term care system.

Natalie and Roya take us behind-the-scenes as they describe the devastating impact and tragic loss during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how structural issues within long-term care can leave residents vulnerable. Natalie and Roya are passionate and hopeful, yet calls for change are necessary to improve the quality and conditions in long-term care. You don’t want to miss these remarkable stories.

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About Our Guests

Natalie Stake-Doucet, RN, MSc, PhD(c)

President, Quebec Nurses Association (QNA)

From Natalie:

I’ve been a nurse for just over a decade. It’s the best profession in the world, but also the one with the worst conditions for practice. I’ve worked in different hospitals and health institutions, and I’ve yet to find one that truly understands the value of nurses and nursing. This is why I’ve also been a nurse activist for a decade. Nursing is complex and highly political, yet is too often stuffed into a box that warps it into a seemingly apolitical and task-oriented job. Through my work as a doctoral researcher and as president of the QNA, I aim to contribute to creating environments where nurses can flourish and where they know their worth.

I started my career in a rural hospital, working on the float team. When I moved back to the city, I worked a couple years in a super-specialized forensic psychiatry institution, then became a ER nurse. What drives me and inspires me the most though, are nurses themselves. From the nurses’ union in Quebec blocking bridges last spring to historical giants like Emma Goldman or Mary Seacole, everytime I meet new colleagues, in person or through books, I learn something new. When we refuse to accept the “sacrificial” and “vocational” rhetoric that normalizes our abuse, we become an incredible force that can bring all of healthcare forward and make history.

Roya Kazempour, RN, BScN
Jewish Eldercare Centre
Montreal Jewish General Hospital

From Roya:

I am a nurse from Iran with 6 years of experience. I came to Canada in 2004 with my husband and our first child to raise my family and give my children the opportunity of having a better life and a better future. It took me several years to go back to work as a nurse, but I am grateful that despite the long wait, myself and others like me have the chance to continue working within their profession after having moved to Canada. I got my first job in 2014 and since 2015 I have been working at the Jewish Eldercare Centre in Montreal, Quebec; I consider it my second home. I started working as a team leader and I have had the opportunity to grow within the institution I am now an assistant head nurse. I also worked in cohort in our LTC facility during the pandemic’s first, second and third waves.

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