Carol Garside is a Registered Nurse and our Clinical Educator for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. A long-time employee of 32 years, Carol has spent most of her career in ICU but has also worked as a nurse on the surgical unit, in the Emergency department and in pediatrics.
For the last 6 years, Carol has shared her expertise and knowledge in a teaching role. She teaches Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and the simulation component of the critical care nursing course. She also provides hand-on training on the units, assists with new employee training including teaching codes, policies and procedures. “The ICU environment is dynamic and constantly evolving so there is always something new to learn to keep up with the pace of change.” In addition to her teaching role, Carol works closely with the Trillium Gift of Life and is an organ donation champion. She enjoys working with the team of care providers in ICU and the Cath Lab. “The team is highly skilled, knowledgeable and they are critical thinkers.”
What’s most rewarding to Carol? “I have learned a great deal in my teaching role and it is rewarding to impart my knowledge and experience on new nursing staff,” she says. “I enjoy working with the recent graduates because they are eager to learn and proud to be working at SAH. It is particularly rewarding to watch new nurses grow as professionals and apply what they have learned to provide excellent patient care.”
In her spare time, Carol enjoys golfing and spending time with her family at her property on St. Joseph Island. We recognize and thank Carol for her many valuable contributions to her team and patients!