Learning for Practice. Learning for Change.
Heidi Petrak Instructor
Heidi graduated from a Diploma nursing program in 1987 and went to work as a general duty nurse at Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody BC. Shortly thereafter, she was recruited to work in the United States in a Level 1 Trauma center at Yale New Haven Hospital Emergency Department in Connecticut. She was there for a year and returned to Vancouver where she began a rewarding career at BC Children’s Hospital as an Emergency Room nurse and also at St. Paul’s Hospital (keeping a foot in the adult world of nursing). While at BCCH she was able to return to school and earn her BSN from UBC. At BCCH she has worked as a clinical nurse leader, a surgical clinic nurse and a clinical nurse educator. She also took the opportunity to work as an outpost nurse in Northern BC and describes this as one of her most rewarding experiences providing primary care working in small remote communities.
In 1995, although Heidi continued to work as an Emergency nurse, she became more interested in nursing education and began teaching for UBC. She has worked for UBC, BCIT and Douglas College as a nurse educator and took on the role of Pediatric Nurse Consultant at Burnaby Hospital’s Emergency Department.
The year 2002, after the birth of her second child, heralded a big change for Heidi as she and her family moved to Victoria. In 2003, she began her career working for Camosun College as a fulltime nursing educator. But Heidi, being reluctant to give up bedside nursing, continues to work as a RN, switching her focus from the Emergency Room to Home and Community Care. She has also worked as an RN at Saanich Peninsula Hospital and on the Pediatric Units at Victoria General Hospital. She earned her Master of Nursing degree in 2008 from University of Victoria.
Heidi loves her work as a nurse educator and her area of greatest passion and expertise is in Pediatrics.