Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC
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NNPBC is a not for profit society registered in the province of British Columbia in September, 2018

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:



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When did you begin nursing?

I have been an LPN for the past nine years in Prince George. I graduated from the College of New Caledonia in 2010 at the age of 21. Little did I know the journey that was in front of me!
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Why nursing?

Nursing has always been something I always wanted to do, helping people in their greatest time of need, and assisting in their healing. I love seeing people go home after a long stay at the hospital having had help from nursing on their journey to better health.

I started nursing in Vanderhoof in a care home and then I was able to find work in Prince George on the internal medicine unit at University Hospital at the University of Northern BC. This was my home for almost five years until I had my daughter in 2015.

After her birth, I had a really hard time going back to work as a nurse. I was suffering from postpartum depression. Two years later I felt I was strong enough to return to work at Gateway Lodge..
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What have been some of your greatest challenges?

In December of 2018, I was diagnosed with a common form of breast cancer called DCIS, or ductal carcinoma insitu. I carried the BRCA 2 gene which increased my chances of getting breast cancer by 50 to 85% by the age of 70. I faced two decisions, either a double mastectomy or a lumpectomy with radiation. In February of 2019, I underwent surgery to remove my cancer: two lymph nodes and both of my breasts. It was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. Luckily, I was surrounded by an amazing support team at home who encouraged me and kept me going every day. Neither my diagnosis nor surgery define me as a woman or as a human being. But it did create a new path for me, by making me aware of life as a patient and as a nurse. I was well taken care of and supported by my family, friends and the nurses who helped me.

As a nurse, you are faced with so many complicated patients and situations that really challenge you professionally and as a human. Using your professionalism to overcome your personal tough situations helps with coping, and it helps when you return to nursing to treat patients with empathy and dignity.
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Where are you today?

I am happily working at Rapid Mobilization in the community and making a difference in people’s lives at home. I’m surrounded by amazing coworkers that love and support me. I have had some amazing opportunities as a nurse to meet so many incredible people and learned some fantastic skills. Even being faced with hardship, I feel that my journey has made me a stronger woman and an even stronger nurse because I empathize on a deeper level with patients.