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
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.