I graduated from Saint Francis Xavier University in 1984, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I accepted a position in the Halifax Infirmary’s ophthalmology surgical unit, working alongside Atlantic Canada’s top ophthalmology specialists, and remained working in various capacities within this specialty for the following 19 years. In 1988 I transferred to the Nova Scotia Eye Clinic, allowing me the experience to work with people diagnosed with some of the rarest eye conditions and diseases. In 1990, I accepted an offer to work in a private ophthalmology office alongside Dr. Paul Price; this allowed me the opportunity to return to my home community. I remained working in a private practice setting for thirteen years, functioning both as an office nurse and as an ophthalmic assistant.
A career move came in the summer of 2003 when I accepted a position at Saint Francis Xavier University in the School of Nursing. My 14 years as a Nurse Educator has had me working with first, second and third year nursing students either as a course instructor, a clinical educator, or lab facilitator. I have also served as an advisor and placement coordinator for third year nursing students in the N399 Cooperative Learning Experience. Much of my current work involves the Simulation Learning Centre- in the development and running of scenarios, along with maintenance of mannequins and equipment.
Within the School of Nursing, I have served two terms as a member of the Nursing Practice Advisory Committee, and am currently a member of the Awards Committee and the Aboriginal Nursing Education Committee. I have served as secretary, and currently as treasurer of the Committee for Aboriginal and Black Student Success which is comprised of university and community members.
Presently, I am enrolled in a Master’s in Adult Education program with a goal to graduate in May 2018. My research project is titled, “Teaching Strategies to Support Effective Coping in Higher Education: Exploring Undergraduate Nursing Students Perceptions Using Basic Qualitative Research.” I am passionate about the students I work with, and strive to better support and facilitate their learning