In 2001 I began my career in healthcare as Long-Term Care Aide (North Island College) working in extended care. I then enrolled in the Practical Nursing program (Vancouver Island University), I spent 8 years working as an LPN in acute medicine and surgery. During this point in my career I registered in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program here at North Island College. After graduating with distinction, I began my Registered Nursing career working in Telemetry and as a sessional instructor at North Island College. Over the next several years I completed my Emergency nursing specialty and Critical Care nursing specialty. I worked as a Critical Care float before settling into the Emergency department, where the fast pace and ever-changing patient dynamics provided me the opportunity to continue to evolve my nursing practice. I grew to thrive on being a part of a team that could really make a difference.
In late 2016 I joined Island Health’s North Island Hospitals Project team as the Clinical Nurse Educator. My role with this project was truly a unique and rewarding experience as I had the opportunity through working with the many partners, stakeholders and build team to help transition the buildings from concrete and studs to being operational. I was able to take a leadership role in helping train staff as they transitioned into the new buildings, and finally was able to be a part of opening the new hospitals to the general public in the fall of 2017. During this experience I was surrounded with such inspirational and amazing leadership that I became interested in taking on more of a leadership role in health care. To further explore my leadership potential, I was encouraged to continue my studies and enrolled in the Master of Arts in Health Leadership Studies for Rural & Indigenous Health Professionals through the University of Victoria. I competed my master’s degree in the summer of 2019.
At the conclusion of the North Island Hospitals Project I transitioned into the role of a cross site Clinical Nurse Educator between the two new North Island Hospital buildings, this role really showed me the potential impact that I could make as an educator. My transition back to North Island College came full circle in the summer of 2018 when I returned to be an instructor in the newly created LPN to RN bridge program.
I feel extremely fortunate to have had the many terrific experiences I have had in working in healthcare. My goal is to pass this mix of experience and knowledge on to my students in hopes that they will enjoy their careers as much as I have.
University of Victoria-
Master of Arts in Health Care Leadership for Rural and Indigenous Health Professionals
Advanced Certificate – Critical Care Nursing Specialty (with distinction)
Advanced Certificate- Emergency Nursing Specialty
North Island College-
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (with distinction)
Home Support/ Residential Care Attendant Certificate
Vancouver Island University-
Practical Nurse Certificate