Local nurse honoured
Nicholas Johansen - Dec 28 - People in Business

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A Kelowna nurse who helps some of the community’s most marginalized has been recognized for her work.

Brenda Epp was awarded an Excellence in Nursing Practice award by the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC in Vancouver last week.

Epp, program manager for a 12-bed withdrawal management unit operated by The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society, leads more than 20 staff, providing full-time care for drug-addicted patients undergoing withdrawal.

“Compassionate, skilled, professional and curious, Brenda sets the standard for her unit,” says John Yarschenko of The Bridge.

“Steadfast in her unwavering and unconditional positive regard for her patients, she confers dignity and respect to the most marginalized and vulnerable individuals in the region.”

Through her work, Epp has provided community naloxone training, helped establish a youth withdrawal management unit and lead the development of a program that provides nursing care to residents of Kelowna’s homeless shelters.

“I would like to thank The Bridge Youth & Family Services who have given me the opportunity to combine my values with my nursing practise and allow me to be a part of a dynamic, compassionate, and creative organization and the board of directors of NNPBC for acknowledging the good work that is being done in our communities,” Epp said during her acceptance speech.


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