A Day in the Life – Meet NP Calvin Pelletier
November 12th, 2015
“I have the distinct pleasure of working in the field of palliative care in Thunder Bay. I was drawn to the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) for the diversity and challenge of home-based care.”
Calvin Pelletier is a lifelong resident of Thunder Bay and lives with his beautiful wife and energetic 8 year old daughter. Calvin worked as a Registered Nurse in the Great North for 8 years, including Northern Manitoba, Northern Ontario, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and the Yukon and after the birth of their daughter the Pelletier family returned to Thunder Bay where he returned to Lakehead University for the Nurse Practitioner Program.
Calvin has the distinct pleasure of working in the field of palliative care. He was drawn to the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) upon the completion of NP school for the diversity and challenge of home-based care. At CCAC, he works as a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) and is involved in the Chronic Disease Management program, Pain and Symptom Management/Palliative Care program and various other pilot projects for the frail and fragile population.
A typical day takes Calvin out on the road within a 1 hour radius of Thunder Bay where he makes home visits to palliative or home-bound patients. He provides health services such as primary care, chronic disease management, pain & symptom control and end of life medical care for those with life-limiting disease. A typical day also finds Calvin responding to one of his patient’s homes for a more urgent visit providing timely care which frequently prevents an emergency room visit for that patient. The majority of Calvin’s patients receive strong family support to fulfill their wish of remaining at home during their illness.
Calvin works in an interdisciplinary team consisting of 4 Nurse Practitioners in Thunder Bay including Aaron Medd, Donald Hutchinson and Deb McGoldrick . The team also consists of Personal Support Workers, Registered Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Dr. Geoff Davis as the team’s Palliative Care consultant and Marg Poling as the Regional Palliative care consultant. The Palliative team can provide a high level of success in managing patient symptoms with this high functioning interdisciplinary team with the possible utilization of Hospice in the event a patient’s symptoms become unmanageable in the home setting.
Calvin has continued on with Palliative Care education completing the De Sousa course in Palliative Care and obtaining his CNA certification in Palliative care. As an experienced Palliative Care clinician, Calvin has become a valued collaborating resource for many health care providers working in the community and brings his palliative care expertise to his involvement as a board member on the Chronic Disease Self-Management Advisory Board and the Lakehead Nurse Practitioner Led clinic in Thunder Bay.
Calvin Pelletier, BScN, NP-PHC, RN(EC), CHPCN(C).
North West CCAC
961 Alloy Drive
Thunder Bay, ON