PhD, MN-NP(F), BSN
Port Moody, B.C.
Director of Nurse Practitioner Program, Fraser Health Authority
I believe that it is important to have representation on the BCCNP Board by individuals who are both clinicians and work in health sector leadership roles. As a Director of NPs in BC's largest Health Authority, I have been actively involved in the strategic planning and integration of NPs across practice areas including primary care, acute care, specialty and MHSU. Working closely with my NP leadership colleagues and the BCCNP, we have successfully and appropriately removed barriers to practice for NPs, resulting in more comprehensive care options for BC patients. Within FHA I have worked to implement quality processes to ensure safe and effective care is provided by our team. Through my role as a BCCNP board member I will be able to bring a clinical and leadership perspective, share my knowledge of the NP profession and learn from my colleagues on the board. I anticipate that through this work I will develop an enhanced understanding of nursing regulation in BC and ways we can continue to work together to advance the nursing profession to benefit BC patients.
My day-to-day work is as a health sector leader. I am able to contribute a strong systems perspective from my work as a Director in FHA, as well as from my clinical experience and experience in nursing education/ scholarship. My work and scholarship experiences have allowed me to develop an understanding of information linkages within systems transformation, scholarship and regulation. Through my doctoral studies I received a CIHR/CHSRF chair position in an Advanced Practice Nursing under the leadership of Dr. Alba Dicenso (McMaster University). As part of this position, I was required to spend 6 months working part-time at the MoH in BC on a project to advance NP perspectives or understanding While I do not see myself as an expert on ministry processes, through this partnership I had the opportunity to develop a stronger understanding of how the BC government works and the processes of change within the government. Lastly, while the NP profession is not a "new" profession, it has had relatively slow uptake across BC--but this is changing rapidly. I will be able to contribute strong knowledge of change management and the need for health sector leaders to support healthcare providers through times of change.