I graduated from UBC-O with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2006.  I have  spent almost my entire practicing career, ten years, working in the operating room.  Over those years I mentored and trained many other RN’s and PN’s within the operating room, all of which have successfully completed their perioperative certificate.

Working in the operating room was a challenging but very rewarding career for me; I loved all aspect of the field in which I worked.  I had the privilege of working with some amazing nurses, doctors and support staff all over B.C. in small rural hospitals to large tertiary care centers.  The amazing physicians and surgeons that I have worked with over the past 12 years truly inspired me to pursue my dreams of becoming a surgeon.

In 2013-2014 I worked as a surgical services educator and discovered a passion for teaching.  After a devastating car accident made it physically impossible for me to continue working as staff in the operating room, I made the difficult decision to explore other career options.

I started my formal teaching career as a health care assistant instructor in 2014.  I was shortly after given the opportunity to expand my role at the college and developed a total of five new health sciences and health administration courses.  I am immensely grateful for the opportunities that teaching opened up for me.

After a long road to recovery I was able to return to work in the operating room in 2016.  I am now the surgical services leader (manager) for the operating room, daycare surgery unit, endoscopy suite, pre-anaesthetic clinic, and the medical device reprocessing department.  I also still work as a sessional nursing instructor at the local college.  I am currently in the process of completing my Provincial Instructor Diploma Program (PIDP)and intend to follow that with my Master’s in Nursing Degree, specialization as a Nurse Practitioner.

Through my enrollment in the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program I am excited to learn the strategies and skills needed to become a better instructor. I look forward to a rewarding career helping others achieve their academic goals while pursuing careers in health care.

I created this blog in order to share my thoughts, feelings and insights on the topics we are introduced to throughout the PIDP.  I hope that my posts spark your interest, introduce you to new concepts, provide you with connections to other educators and some other amazing blogs, and encourage you to also start sharing your thoughts, feelings and insights on topics that inspire you.


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