Matthew Sharpe: Returning home to pursue his passion for clinical education

Matthew Sharpe: Returning home to pursue his passion for clinical education

When Matthew Sharpe was studying to become a nurse at Nipissing University, he knew he wanted to be an educator in healthcare.

“Education was always the goal,” reflected Matthew, who stepped into the new Education Coordinator and Clinical Informaticist role at Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) in August 2021. “I love explaining things to people and helping them find the answers they need.”

Matthew Sharpe, Education Coordinator and Clinical Informaticist, ARH

Career beginnings

Matthew started his career at North Bay Regional Health Centre where he worked in nearly all aspects of their surgical program and taught a variety of clinical placements for Nipissing University.

After being away for 10 years, it was time for Matthew to move home to the Arnprior area where he bought a small lot of property just outside of town returning to his rural roots.

“I never thought I’d move home. But I think you get to a point in your life when its time to be closer to family.”

Following his move, Matthew worked in the Recovery Room at both Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH) and ARH. He later had the opportunity to go full time at as QCH’s nurse specialist for the Acute Pain Service. While at QCH, he was seconded to work on the Connected Care Project.

A return to ARH

Matthew’s first introductions to ARH were through his after-school job at the Hospital when he was a teenager and his healthcare aide position when he was in nursing school.

“It’s been fantastic to be back at ARH. All I can say is that I love it and I’m incredibly happy to be in this new role.”

For Matthew, the priority for the next couple of months is ensuring the smooth transition and successful implementation of the Hospital’s advanced clinical systems by rolling out the right education, and training to staff ahead of the Connected Care go-live on October 13.

“Following this next Meditech upgrade, the continuity of care will be better and there will be a significant improvement to the flow of and access to information,” shared Matthew, who is currently completing his Master of Nursing. “I also think we’ll improve the provision of care, especially in terms of medication administration – how we receive physician orders, how we look at orders and how we will no longer transcribe that information. It will make patient care a lot safer in the long run.”

Beyond October 13, Matthew’s education portion of his role will be focused heavily on the importance of clinical education and connecting staff with the current information and resources they need to provide the best care possible.

Matthew enjoys doing stuff outdoors and spending time at his nearby cottage. When not impacted by pandemic restrictions, he’s also involved in theatre in Arnprior and Ottawa and is looking forward to returning when the programs start back up.