- cultural safety and humility
MSN (University of Victoria)
CASN Canadian Certified Nurse Educator (CCNE) Designation
CASN Clinical Instructor Certificate Course
CASN Nurse Educator Certificate Course
I am a Registered Nurse and Nurse Educator with a clinical background in pediatric acute care. I am currently employed as the Curriculum Coordinator in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Douglas College. I also have experience as a Research Nurse for the Vaccine Evaluation Centre at the UBC Child and Family Research Institute. My nursing practice has exposed me to a great variety of experiences and, as such, my expertise is extensive. I have worked in acute care, critical care, and community-based nursing; with both in-patients and out-patients; in nursing research, leadership, and education.
I began my journey as a nurse educator in 2010, teaching in both pediatric acute care and community nursing practice. I have taught theory courses on relational practice, change theory, health care systems, population health, health promotion, chronic care, acute care, and health assessment, including lab and simulation. I have an interest in curriculum development and have developed four theory courses independently and have shared in writing two others.
Since completing my Master’s degree, I have taken additional courses through Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) to further develop my competency as a nurse educator and clinical instructor and I have successfully written the CASN Canadian Certified Nurse Educator (CCNE) examination. Furthermore, I am a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Xi Eta Chapter.
I have taken an interest in further developing my expertise around lab and simulation education. I have personally delivered over 40 simulations in various courses, giving me valuable experience and insight into this unique form of teaching and learning. I received a Disruptive Practice award from the Department of Health Sciences for my work developing an innovative approach to incorporating simulation in a pediatric health assessment course.
In my role as BSN Curriculum Coordinator I chair the Program Evaluation Committee, Curriculum Committee, and Unassigned PD Funds Committee. I am a member of the Faculty Education Council, Program Advisory Committee, Education Council, Research and Scholarship Committee, BSN Coordinating Committee, Indigenous Studies Working Group, and various ad-hoc committees, as required. I was also chair of the Douglas College BSN Department committee for three years. I am also serving as the Douglas College Faculty Association Area Steward for Health Science.
My current focus is on cultural safety and humility, including leading the integration of Indigenous realities into our curriculum. I am also in the process of leading a significant curriculum resource change. In my leadership capacity, I have an interest in change management and creating, and maintaining, a positive organizational culture.