Tara MacCallum is a registered nurse in the clinical neuroscience unit at Hamilton General Hospital. She has worked at HHS for 16 years.
Favourite colour: blue / vacation spot: California / music: jazz & blues / animal: dogs, cats, horses / food: Christmas dinner / holiday: Thanksgiving & Easter
What do you love most about your job?
I enjoy caring for and helping those who cannot care for themselves, especially in their hour of deep need.
What are your most challenging days at work?
Extremely busy days fraught with logistical problems when nothing seems to go right. They’re very hard on all levels: physically, emotionally, mentally, psychologically.
What are your most gratifying days at work?
The best days are when we have a great outcome during an emergency. When all team members gel together to save a life. There is no better feeling.
What do you wish you had more time for?
I wish I could spend more time with patients and their families, teaching them and supporting them emotionally and psychologically. Due to diminished resources, there just isn’t enough time these days.
What do you eat to keep you energized during your shifts?
I recently conquered thyroid cancer and have been making some lifestyle changes. I am transitioning from an animal based diet to a whole food, plant based diet. I am trying to eliminate dairy and meat but it’s hard! I love both! I can say that so far, I feel better. I feel more productive and motivated both at work and at home.
Do you have a best friend or confidant at HHS?
I have three best friends at HHS. We all started working together on 7 West at Hamilton General Hospital (HGH) about 15yrs ago. We started as acquaintances at work but as time went on our friendship evolved. We’re a bit spread out now, but that doesn’t matter. I consider them my three best friends. They were very loving and supportive to me when my Dad died, when my Mother got sick and when I became ill late last year. They all offered something different but it was exactly what I needed at the time. These three girls are my favourite people.
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