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Statement of philosophy
I believe that nurses are fundamental to the delivery of compassionate, competent and equitable healthcare to individuals, families and communities across Canada. With public safety at the forefront, nurses play a pivotal role in policy development, advocacy, and visioning for the future of healthcare, as well as the nursing profession.
As a registered nurse, I offer a unique and dynamic perspective combined with patient care experience, evidence-based practice, and leadership. With more than ten years of nursing experience, I have been afforded the opportunity to work with clients from diverse cultures and backgrounds in both the community and acute care settings. These experiences have shaped and strengthened my personal nursing practice. I am a firm believer in continuing professional education and exploring opportunities that challenge existing standards and practices within the healthcare system. I feel privileged to share my experience and professional nursing voice around tables that endeavor to advance the nursing profession to improve health outcomes for all Canadians.
I am presently a member of council with the College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (CRNNL). While currently serving a second term on CRNNL council, my keen interest in nursing governance has grown and my understanding of the nursing role in public protection has evolved. Combined with a desire and commitment to advancing the nursing profession, I feel equipped to offer a unique viewpoint and work effectively with other leaders to advance nursing excellence and positive health outcomes in the public interest.
As an Indigenous woman, I can relate to and appreciate the complex challenges faced by Indigenous peoples in the healthcare system. As an Indigenous nurse, I strive to provide competent and culturally safe care in everyday practice. I am passionate about promoting and educating fellow nurses and healthcare providers about the importance of creating a culturally safe space when providing care to Indigenous clients and communities. For more than 10 years, I have worked with Indigenous peoples and have learned invaluable lessons from those whom I provide care. Because individuals living in rural and remote regions of Canada face unique challenges while accessing healthcare services, my approach to nursing practice and leadership is client-centered and community-based. It is essential that nurses are prepared to play a key role to ensure all Canadians have access to equitable and safe healthcare regardless of geographical location, culture, or socio-economic status. It would be an honor to contribute to this work on a national level as a CNA Board Director.
I graduated from the Bachelor of Nursing program at Memorial University in 2011. Since then, I have practiced primarily in community health and acute care dialysis. I currently work as a Tuberculosis Nurse in the Inuit community of Nain, the northernmost community in Labrador. I am accustomed to working with a great amount of autonomy and limited supervision in the workplace, which has developed my critical thinking skills. I completed a Master of Nursing with a Focus in Teaching from Athabasca University and I have maintained CNA Certification in Community Health Nursing since 2013. I am currently a member of council with the College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (CRNNL). I also volunteer my time with numerous community-based organizations and professional committees. I possess strong written and verbal communication skills and I am committed to working collaboratively to advance the nursing profession.
On a personal note, I am a proud foster parent and dog lover. I live with my husband and two dogs. I love to travel, camp, hike and kayak. I have a strong interest in nursing education and hope to pursue this area of nursing in the future.