2nd Vice President (interim)
Michael Young, LPN
I have been a licenced Practical Nurse for the last 25 years. I have six wonderful children, live in Richmond BC with my wife Lih-Fen Young. I have worked both extended care, sub-acute care and acute care for Vancouver Coastal health authority at Richmond General Hospital. I have been an outspoken advocate for LPNs my entire career, from practice issues to representational issues. I have been a strong voice in support of utilization of LPNs on social media and in early days in print newspapers. I have sat on many focus groups in regards to scope-of-practise and I am very pleased to see the regulation changes. I have been involved with the College of LPNs, with a brief stint as a member of a tribunal.
I have been politically active in LPN union affairs; I helped to organize LPNs to join BCNU and I continue to support one union for all nursing, including RPNs. This advocacy trail led me to last July’s meeting of the coalition-of-nursing with the minister of health and large portion of his staff in attendance; where again I publically spoke on the issue of full and consistent utilization of LPNs regardless of anyone in the health authorities’ contrary agenda. I strongly believe in the full utilization of LPNs and further, any deviation from the full utilization of LPNs, is not in the interest of the public good.
Meg Coyle, LPN & Foot Care Nurse
I graduated in 1980 from Alberta Vocational Centre, which is now Nor-quest College in Edmonton, Alberta as a Registered Nursing Assistant (RNA). Shortly after graduation, I worked at Dickinsfield Auxilliary Care Centre, which is currently under Capital Care Dickinsfield, in Northwest Edmonton, Alberta for approximately 2 years then moved back to Ontario to be closer to my family. Upon my return in 1982, there was a surplus of LPNs (RPNs in Ontario) and it was very difficult to find employment at that time. After 4 months of unemployment, I entered and graduated from the Medical Office Administration program at St. Catharines Business College in 1984. I then moved to Toronto and within one month I landed several temporary assignments as MOA. I also worked part-time evenings as RPN with nursing agencies so that I could keep up my hours with CNO (College of Nurses in Ontario).
In 1990, I was hired at Queen Street Mental Health Centre, and since 1996 the facility was renamed The Centre of Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) where I worked as full-time Medical Transcriptionist and Clinical Secretary during the day, and RPN on weekends as a float to various wards and units at CAMH: Forensics, Dual Diagnoses, Psychogeriatrics, Concurrent Disorders. I’ve been very grateful for these jobs over the years and the awesome experience and education I received while working at CAMH.
In 2002, I moved to North Vancouver, British Columbia became licensed as an LPN. In 2006, I studied and graduated from the Pharmacology for LPNs, which was mandatory so I bring the experience of having to “upgrade”.
I have worked for a few nursing agencies since moving to BC, and started with We Care and Bayshore. I am grateful for the many opportunities these companies gave me where I fulfilled various educational options and graduated the Provincial Exam as a Certified Foot Care Nurse from We Care and training sessions in VAC dressings/Wound care, and carried out many injections and administration of medications with various clients in the community, which kept me up to date with my needed skills.
I work independently and privately, and since my retirement almost 3 years ago, I have continued to work on a part-time basis with my two community homecare clients. I also work occasionally for Home Instead Senior Care, an on-call basis when needed; giving old hand seasoned home care services