Nursing Hero: Laurie Hebert, Patient Flow and Discharge Planner

When Laurie Hebert was about 8 years old, she would finish up her school day and join her mother at the Arnprior Hospital to sit and spend time with a lady who was chronically ill.

Laurie Hebert, selected as one of five 2021 Nursing Heroes.

“I knew I wanted to work at this Hospital,” said Laurie, who is now the Patient Flow and Discharge Planner for the Inpatient Unit (IPU). “I tossed around the idea of dietitian, nurse, ultrasound sonographer – but really it was nursing – I think I always knew I was going to be a nurse.”

Laurie worked in homecare nursing and eventually landed a position with the Community Care Access Centres (CCAC) where worked on a pilot for discharge planning and care coordination. Laurie’s CCAC experience gave her good insight into what is available in the community for her patients to help them be successful post-discharge.

“My aim is always for a patient and their family to have a seamless transition back into the community,” said Laurie. “I focus on building the rapport, helping them navigate the system and connecting them with the right community services.”

Emily English, IPU, nominated Laurie and shared: “It goes without saying how amazing Laurie is – she is the heart of our floor and we appreciate her support and hard work.”

Laurie is thankful to be part of a great team. “I continue to be motivated as a nurse because of the incredible, dedicated professionals I get to work with at Arnprior Regional Health.”