MHS; BSN; AFC; RN
Owner/Operator, Advanced Foot Care, Evergreen Foot Care Clinic
Member of Education Program Review Committee (at CRNBC, BCCNP, and BCCNM (six years)
I regularly volunteer in Liberia, West Africa, where I helped set up a clinic and continue providing education to their nurses. I am often invited to speak about parenting children with mental health issues and over the years have done this with several community organizations, nursing schools and other professional groups.
Having been a Registered Nurse for 30+ years, and having worked in clinical, quality, leadership, education, professional practice and now independent nursing, I can honestly say that I understand and am deeply committed to the nursing profession, and this brings me to applying for a position as a BCCNM Board member. Throughout my career I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with BCCNM as part of the Education Program Review Committee (EPRC) as well as several provincial working groups. BCCNM provides clarity within the complexities of the Health Professions Act, looking at the reality of resource and education availability in relation to safe practice. The guidance provided by BCCNM keeps both the public and the nurse safe, and is largely determined through evidence, collaboration and exploration with key stakeholders. Today’s nurse plays an important role in determining the future of health care in Canada, and I respect the BCCNM’s constant endeavors to seek a collaborative, high level nursing practice that is directly connected to the people of BC. I will work hard as a BCCNM Board member.
The values of the BCCNM Board create the foundation ideal nursing practice. When you live these values, everything you do comes from this place. Personally, the embodiment of these values became evident when one of my daughter’s struggles with mental health nearly destroyed our family. In finding the help we needed I realized that my knowledge, skills and contacts as a nurse were gifts that many others in our situation did not have. As a result, I was asked to speak at International Women’s Day, and from there to participating in writing a white paper for the federal government and then my book which focuses on bringing the voice of 14 parents into the professional world of children mental health. Professionally, I work in a rural part of the province, where the majority of my practice is conducted on Indigenous land. My ability to build and maintain relationships is fundamentally as important as the service I provide. As I’ve embarked on a relatively new form of nursing (private practice), I find myself actively seeking out others (BC, Canada and US). This is for a variety of reasons, collaboration, support, advice, accountability and the sense of being connected. It’s important for me that I provide excellent care.
Anti-racism and the importance of BC First Nations and Indigenous-specific rights, approaches, protocols and perspectives.
Health Professions regulation.
Organizational Decision Making: I have a solid understanding of the health profession regulators and public protection mandate of the College.
Familiar with the complex system in which the College works.
Familiar with the College’s computer and conferencing systems.
The realities of social inequity for Canada’s Indigenous people have always been a part of my life. I grew up and currently live and work in an area that is largely made up of Indigenous people. I was actively involved with my Aunt Rose, who was a residential school survivor, and supported her through her participation in the Truth and Reconciliation process. As an instructor at Langara College School of Nursing, I worked on a team developing a program for internationally educated nurses. The course we developed was the Culture of Nursing in Canada and was based on the Social Determinants of Health. Canada’s Indigenous history, current inequities and nursing responsibility in providing a safe place made up a significant portion of this course. It involved guest speakers and field trips. We felt that teaching and mentoring this for all new nurses is important. We shared this at a conference with other international nursing programs. As a continual learner, I started being involved in Indigenous health as a nurse in Bella Bella. I first attended the Women and Wellness Conference in 1992, and most recently completed a 20 hr Indigenous cultural sensitivity course through UNBC/NHA.