2017 Nursing Awards of Excellence

Excellence in Nursing Practice

Pranesh Shastri, LPN

Pranesh Shastri currently works as a perioperative LPN at False Creek Surgical Center. Prior to becoming an LPN, he spent four years as a Medical Device Reprocessing Technician at Surrey Memorial Hospital and developed a strong interest in working as a perioperative nurse. In order to pursue his career goal, he enrolled in and completed the LPN program in 2010 at Vancouver Community College (VCC) and then began to work in acute care. Pranesh was proud to receive funding from the Fraser Health Authority to complete his education in Operating Room (OR) nursing and earned his OR certification in 2013. For roughly two and a half years, Pranesh worked as an OR nurse and thoroughly enjoyed being part of a strong team working in a fast paced environment.

In August of 2016, he joined the False Creek Surgical Centre as an LPN-OR and was recently promoted to OR Coordinator, monitoring three OR’s in various services. He is also heavily involved in helping the surgical centre earn its accreditation. As one of only a handful of LPNs working at the False Creek Surgical Centre, Pranesh is highly respected by the team of registered nurses and surgeons who value his commitment to his work, his meticulous attention to detail and his strong advocacy for the role of LPNs in the perioperative sector.

Pranesh consistently demonstrates strong advocacy by ensuring that the role of the LPN in this setting is not only understood but fostered. He demonstrates a strong commitment to providing high quality patient-centred care each and every day and is seen by his colleagues as someone who always goes “above and beyond”. He serves as a role model and valued team member.

Pranesh lives each day with a sense of gratitude that he has an opportunity to do what he loves. He is humbled and honoured by the ability to provide care for patients. His life motto is, “Yes, it is possible. Keep trying and it’s never too late”.