Aida Herrera holds a dual bachelor's degree in anesthesiology and respiratory therapy from the University of El Salvador. She worked in a women's hospital as an anesthetist alongside her sister who is a gynaecologist.
After immigrating to Canada in 2001, Aida completed her BSN in 2011 and has worked at Surrey Memorial Hospital as an RN since graduating.
Aida assumed leadership roles early on in her nursing career. She has experience as a patient care coordinator and clinical nurse educator. She has also mentored LPNs in the administration of IV medication to expand their scope of practice.
Aida was the wound care champion in her nephrology unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Her unit was converted to a COVID-19 cohort unit during the global health pandemic, where she was quickly immersed in the life of a nurse facing real health and safety challenges.
Aida became a steward in 2019 because she saw the need to advocate for her colleagues. She believed that members voices were not being heard and felt strongly that getting involved in her union would give her the ability to make a difference.
Aida is a strong believer in fairness, equality, transparency, and inclusiveness. She has been a strong advocate for safe working conditions, safe staffing levels and a workplace free from violence.
In her role as executive councillor for OH&S and mental health, Aida will continue to advocate for all nurses who work in acute care, mental health, community and long-term care, as well nurses who work in small and rural worksites.
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