Kim L. East BScN, Surgical Care Coordinator for RestOR International will be joining us at the conference for Breakout Session “C1” on Saturday June 25th at 1530 in Room: Horizon N.

Kim East Biography
In 1980, as Kim East was graduating from the University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing, her father told her that with her determination and the new BSN ring on her little finger, she was ready and the world was waiting…..flash ahead 35 years and Kim can only smile and think, ‘Papa you were so right!’

Kim spent the first 15 years of her career in Saskatoon passionately honing her skills in the field of critical care, first in the ICU at St Paul’s Hospital, and then as a clinical coordinator in the adult ICU at the Royal University Hospital . In addition to Kim’s clinical responsibilities in the hospital, she was also the first clinical critical care research nurse at the U of S. It was a very busy, but exciting time in her career, which included participation on a cardiac surgical team for a clinical teaching mission in Beijing China.

From 1996 – 2008, as Director of Surgical Services for the Okanagan Health Surgical Centre, Kim learned how to build and manage a surgical environment, and developed a comprehensive outpatient surgical program with standards of excellence.

Since 2008, her focus has been with global health, developing capacity building programs in Zambia and Ethiopia. As a RestOR board member, she is the medical-surgical voice. Kim is so grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to the facilitation of health care programs for the low resource areas of the world. Coming full circle, the world is waiting…….

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Global Health projects present challenges, but every challenge is an opportunity to utilize problem solving skills you may not even know you have! For our colleagues working in low resource settings, this is the reality of their practice. This presentation will provide an overview of a RestOR International project which has been underway in Northern Ethiopia.

A volunteer surgical team sponsored by RestOR International has recently returned from Bahir Dar, Ethiopia following completion of the second of a three phase project developing a comprehensive burn care program. This program will be the only one in the Amhara region which will serve the 17+ million people in this area….now that’s a challenge!