Pascale Letendre gets a kick out of comparing her work to her experiences as a competitive curler.
So do her co-workers at the General campus of the Ottawa Hospital.
Letendre works as a delivery-room nurse, and hears similar sounds when she helps in the birth of a baby as she does on a curling sheet.
There's lots of screaming in both. She says sometimes only the words are different.
In the maternity room, the patients are encouraged to "Push harder!" In curling, it's "Hurry, hard!"
"The girls at work always laugh at me," says Letendre, an Orleans resident. "They laugh because they heard me at provincials and the things I say on the ice. They're very similar."
You'd think her job in a maternity room would be more stressful than making shots in an important curling match.
But she thinks they're equal.
"I love what I do at work because it's challenging and it keeps me on my toes. I think, in times, curling and work are just as stressful, one as the other."
At last month's provincials, the stresses of competition were often more difficult to handle for Letendre, who has a reputation of being a feisty competitor.
"I like working because it gets me away from the stresses of curling, and I love curling because, when I'm out there playing, I don't think about anything else but that game and those shots and that outcome."
Letendre got a thrill out of being part of the winning team at last month's provincial championship, and has a Scott's Tournament of Hearts tattoo on her lower back (above).
The thrill of victory was a feeling of accomplishment she frequently experiences when receiving praise from her patients.
"I'll go shopping, and they'll stop me in the mall. Sometimes I remember and sometimes I don't because I have so many. But it's so nice and they're so thankful."
When Letendre returns from St. John's, she'll be working extra hours because she couldn't get time off for the competition. Some of her fellow nurses swapped shifts with her so she could go to the nationals.
"I went into nursing not really knowing if I would truly love it or not, and I ended up loving it," she says. "It's definitely a good thing for me."