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Nursing and PSW Fellowship

What is the program?

VHA is proud to announce the launch of our new Champions of Change Interprofessional Fellowship Program for Nursing and Personal Support Worker staff. Designed and run by the Innovation, Quality, Best Practice, Research & Education team at VHA, this program provides point-of-care providers with an opportunity to work together to design and lead a quality improvement project related to VHA’s strategic priorities. Through developing, implementing, and evaluating a Quality Improvement (QI) initiative, fellows will drive positive change within their clinical teams.

To learn more about the Champions of Change Interprofessional Fellowship Program, please contact VHA Research at researchhelp@vha.ca

Current research fellows

Hani Al-Shbat

2021 VHA Champions of Change Interprofessional Fellowship Recipient

Hani Al-Shbat is an internationally trained physician who has been working as a Personal Support Worker for the past two years. He takes great pride in his work. “I have realized that helping people in their daily life is very joyful,” says Hani. For his Champions of Change Fellowship project, Hani is hoping to help patients with dementia remember to take their medications.

2021 VHA Champions of Change Fellow, Hani Al-Shbat

Sangeeta Maharjan

2021 VHA Champions of Change Interprofessional Fellowship Recipient

Sangeeta Maharjan is a Visiting Registered Nurse with VHA Home HealthCare. As a past Client Choice winner in 2020, Sangeeta has a resounding work ethic that focuses on providing the highest quality care for her clients. “I believe medication management is crucial in client’s recovery and overall health maintenance. I am taking part in the Champions of Change Interprofessional Fellowship program as a new learning opportunity,” says Sangeeta. She is looking forward to designing and implementing a quality improvement initiative related to improving medication safety.​

2021 VHA Champions of Change Fellow, Sangeeta Maharjan

Donabelle Lasban

2021 VHA Champions of Change Interprofessional Fellowship Recipient

Donnabelle Lasban has been working as a Personal Support Worker at VHA Home HealthCare since 2017. Having a background in nursing before moving to Canada, Donnabelle has many skills she has learned to help VHA’s clients. She takes pride in continuously learning how to improve the care she provides for her clients. “I believe that if you’re open to new ideas, willing to embrace change, and think critically, you can do better in providing quality care. I’m excited to work on this project and looking forward to sharing it with my team,” says Donabelle.

2021 VHA Champions of Change Fellow, Donabelle Lasban

How do I apply?

We are so glad you are considering applying for the Champions of Change Interprofessional Fellowship. It is an excellent opportunity to address an issue in your practice environment while also learning and developing professionally.

Applications are currently closed. They will reopen for the 2022-2023 term. 

If you would like to learn more, please contact VHA’s Research Team at researchhelp@vha.ca in the meantime.