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VJ Gibbins

I graduated from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing in 1998. My very first pediatric clinical assignment in school was both overwhelming and exhilarating. I loved and feared the experience with equal measure! Since then, I have focused my clinical career around pediatrics and youth development.

My clinical background has been in pediatric medical/surgical, intensive care, cardiology and cardiac intensive care. I have also worked in bone marrow transplant units, post anaesthesia care units, and emergency rooms – always with children and their families. I have been on multiple overseas missions providing nursing care to children and families in El Salvador, China, Russia, and Haiti following the earthquake in 2010.

For the 10 years prior to returning to Edmonton to take this faculty position, I was a traveling nurse in the United States. I have been fortunate to work in some of America’s top pediatric institutions including Boston Children’s, San Diego Rady Children’s, and Children’s National in Washington, DC. After a decade of travel nursing, I am very happy to make Edmonton my home again!

My Masters of Science degree from Philadelphia University is in disaster medicine and emergency management. My graduate work centered on vulnerable populations experiencing disasters and creating resiliency in those communities. I worked with city, state, and federal Public Health officials in the planning and creation of volunteer community medical reserve corps, and in 2009 with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials at the state and federal levels in the preparation and planning for the Novel H1N1 Influenza A outbreak and the summer camp response.

I am also the Director of Health and Safety at a large, traditional, sleep-away camp for boys in Maine, USA. We have about 300 campers and 150 staff members who join our family for eight weeks. Camp is a community, public health, and urgent care experience like no other! I have had students at camp in the past and it has always been a huge success.

  • Gibbins V.J. (2011, February). Emergency preparedness for camp nurses. Conference proceedings presented at the Association of Camp Nurses Annual Symposium, San Diego, CA.
  • Gibbins V.J. (2011, March). Camp Calamity! Emergency preparedness for camps. Conference proceedings presented at the American Camp Association Conference, Atlantic City, NJ.
  • Gibbins V.J. (2009, April). Integrating Camps in Emergency Response Planning. Poster session presented at the Integrated Medical, Public Health, Preparedness, and Response Training Summit, Dallas, TX.
  • Gibbins V.J. (2009, July). Consider camps in public health preparedness. Poster session presented at the National Association of City & County Health Officials Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Gibbins V.J. (2005, April). Factors influencing fracture-causing events in the camp health setting. Conference Proceedings presented at the Association of Camp Nurses Annual Symposium, St. Charles, IL. 

Selected Publications

  • Gibbins V.J. (2013) When lightning strikes at camp. CompassPoint 23(3).
  • Gibbins V.J. (2012) When Hurricane Irene came to camp. CompassPoint 22(2).

Selected Presentations