Learning for Practice. Learning for Change.
Fourth Generation Vancouver Islander, born in Courtenay, BC.
Graduated from the Royal Jubilee Hospital School of Nursing 1982 in the last class of the hospital based nursing program.
After graduating I worked in the Coronary Care Unit and on the Telemetry floor for 2 years. I worked in medical cardiology through my entire career (part-time, casual, with maternity leaves and other breaks and interruptions) until 2002. I also have taught pre-natal classes. After the unit I was working was closed in 2002 I worked in a non-contract job for VIHA as a Patient Care Manager evenings and weekends. After this job was re-structured into Utilization I moved to Camosun College, in May 2005.
I completed my Master of Arts at Royal Roads University in May 2004. For my thesis I researched professional development for first-line nursing. I graduated from the University of Alberta (Faculty of Nursing) in fall 2012 with my PhD in nursing. The title of my dissertation is “Refining Nursing Practice: A Grounded Theory of How Nurses Learn to Nurse Well in the Current Health Care Milieu.” My areas of focus are professional development for nurses in direct patient care, nursing education, and specifically teaching and learning in the clinical setting. I also have interest in moral development and socialization of nurses and professional wisdom.