About Us: Meet B.C.'s Nurses
As the professional association representing all nurses in British Columbia, NNPBC is committed to ensuring that the voice of all members are heard. Many nurses have indicated their interest in learning about their nursing colleagues across the province from all domains of practice, and from every stage of their career. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to profile just some of B.C.'s fantastic nurses each month.

If you would like to recommend a nurse to feature, please let us know by contacting info@nnpbc.com.

Featured Nurse:

Tracy Purcello, RN, Forensic Nurse Examiner


Interview Questions

  1. Why did you decide to enter the nursing profession?
  2. How did you get to where you are today?
  3. What has been the most rewarding thing in your nursing career?
  4. What has been the most challenging?
  5. What advice would you give to new nurses?
  6. Nursing is...


If you would like to recommend a nurse to feature, please let us know by contacting info@nnpbc.com.


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Why did you decide to enter the nursing profession?

After my high school graduation one of my first full time jobs was working for the government. The pay was great, but it was unfulfilling. After a couple of years, I knew that I couldn’t do it forever and needed something more. I’ve always been someone who wants to help people and I knew that I needed to do something that left me fulfilled and knowing I was making a difference. This led me to nursing.
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How did you get to where you are today?

…with hard work, dedication and with the support of my family and friends. I have also maintained a good balance between work, family, fitness and travel. I am always open to learning so that I can strive to be the best that I can be. I also love to work in a variety of nursing fields such as emergency and corrections but in the last few years I have found my true calling as a Forensic Nurse Examiner.
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What has been the most rewarding thing in your nursing career?

I have been lucky enough to have life long friends that I have made throughout my career who do the same work as I do. It’s also really rewarding to know that you’re making a difference in someone's life no matter how big or small- from getting a warm blanket to saving their life. Working with victims of sexual assault and being there to support them has been deeply rewarding. Recently I testified in court and my testimony and evidence was a contributing factor to the accused getting a seven year sentence.
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What has been the most challenging?

Since nursing policies and procedures are continually changing, it can be challenging to carry out those changes based on the work environment. Working short staffed and trying to keep your head above water is a continual challenge. And, as much as I like shift work, it can be challenging to maintain a good balance in one's life.
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What advice would you give to new nurses?

Be open to change, as you will find in the nursing profession things constantly change. Don't be afraid to ask questions, take advantage of all the opportunities for learning and education so you are able to broaden your horizons. Accept every opportunity as you never know what door that may open for you. Always be willing to share your knowledge and expertise and lastly be humble!
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Nursing is...

...a career that I am blessed to be part of. It's challenging but at the same time very rewarding. It's a career that allows you the opportunity to work in many different environments. It's multifaceted, ever changing, stimulating and exhausting!