This presentation will highlight the influenza vaccination awareness campaign that was recently rolled out at the POGO Satellite Clinic in Sudbury. The campaign’s goals were to raise awareness of the benefits of the influenza vaccine and increase immunization rates. Campaign strategies and tools will be shared with this audience, as well as a summary of the program’s success.
Sylvie Kozlowskyj, BScN, RN, CVAA(c), CON(c),
POGO Pediatric Oncology Satellite Nurse Coordinator,
Northeast Cancer Centre,
Health Sciences North/Horizon Sante-Nord
Sylvie Kozlowskyj began her nursing career on the general pediatric ward at Laurentian Hospital in Sudbury, which is where she first began working with children who have cancer and their families. She quickly became a member of the core group of nurses who were certified to care for pediatric oncology patients, obtaining a certificate of oncology nursing from Cambrian College in Sudbury in 1991. POGO established a Satellite Clinic in Sudbury in 1999, at which time Sylvie became the Satellite Nurse Coordinator. In 2001, Sylvie obtained certification from both the Canadian Vascular Access Association and the Canadian Nurses Association in Oncology, and she has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the POGO Satellite Program since its inception.
Throughout her career, Sylvie has been a clinical instructor and mentor for many nursing students from the three post-secondary institutions in Sudbury and, in 2008, was chosen as the recipient of the Community Builder’s Award of Excellence in Health Care. She enjoys the privilege of working with children with cancer and their families every day.