An outstanding clinician, unwavering leader and renowned educator, Andrea Gilliver is known as a nurse who helps all those around her to be their best. She is recognized across Richmond Health Services and beyond for her depth of understanding of operating room nursing, her commitment to public safety and unfailing adherence to best practices in nursing.
Presently working as a Clinical Resource Nurse for the operating room, Andrea has extensive experience in areas of nursing ranging from maternity and peri-operative care to peri-anesthesia and technical specialties such as medical lasers. In all of the areas she practises and teaches, “she models CRNBC standards to the highest degree,” says Richmond Hospital Program Manager of Perioperative Services Madeleine Csillag-Wong. “She is a valued colleague and I am often humbled in her presence.”
Andrea has been very much involved in the planning and implementation of patient-care initiatives, from redesigning processes and flow to developing education and new procedures for fellow health care practitioners. Examples include a Surgical Safety Checklist, Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections resource, a new Gamma Detection System for a sentinel node biopsy, and 8-Joint Day Hip & Knee Project and many others. On a very practical level, she also advises on environmental renovations at Richmond Hospital, the most recent of which was a state-of-the-art integrated 3D surgical suite, the first of its kind in Canada. Her educational initiatives include everything from laser safety training to simulations for dealing with many emergency room situations such as Code Blue or Malignant Hyperthermia.
A trusted clinical practitioner and decision-maker, Andrea’s colleagues recognize her dedication to ORNAC standards. When the occasion calls for it, she’s not afraid to challenge a nurse or doctor when a patient’s care is put in jeopardy by not following those standards. “One of the ophthalmology surgeons was set on starting his slate of procedures, even though there was an issue with the temperature in the operating room,” recalls Nurse Deborah Shaw. “She met with the surgeon, bringing along her well-used copy of the ORNAC standard — and by providing information to them, she was able to defuse a difficult situation between the surgeon and staff, ultimately looking out for the safety of our patients.”
Andrea actively shares nursing research findings with colleagues to ensure standards are met. Reading extensively to stay current, she shares articles and updates her team in person, while also promoting education through the Canadian Nurses Association’s NurseOne online resource, as well as online forums hosted by nursing associations.
Andrea has held many executive positions with the Perioperative Nurses Association of British Columbia and has been a Facility Representative for Richmond Hospital for many years. She is constantly expanding her knowledge base — the better to support those around her.
Regularly introducing new nurses to the world of operating room nursing through guided tours, Andrea continues to ignite passion in the next generation of nursing professionals. More than just introducing them to technical equipment and procedures, she looks for innovative ways to enhance their learning with elaborate patient simulations. Andrea is always available to support her colleagues and patients, improving nursing practice through all levels of her organization.