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by ARNBCARNBC 03 Nov 2015 01:40

The ARNBC blog was launched in the summer of 2011, and has received a great deal of interest and attention from nurses, health professionals, government and the media. We’re very excited to be providing nurses with this opportunity to share their thoughts on the profession and the healthcare system.

ARNBC Membership

by ARNBCARNBC 03 Nov 2015 00:44

Membership Info

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Johanne Fort, RN

by Patrick ChiuPatrick Chiu 02 Nov 2015 23:58


Johanne is a seasoned healthcare professional with many years of nursing experience in a range of healthcare settings. She has held positions in academia, healthcare and government as a staff nurse, patient care coordinator, director of nursing, education program director, consultant for the Ministries of Advanced Education and Health and interim CNO. This experience has equipped her to understand the issues facing RNs/NPs in BC.

Joy Peacock, RN

by ARNBCARNBC 03 Nov 2015 01:36


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Laurie Dokis, RN

by Patrick ChiuPatrick Chiu 02 Nov 2015 23:51


Laurie Dokis has 25+ years of nursing experience in:

Linda Axen, RN

by Patrick ChiuPatrick Chiu 02 Nov 2015 23:39

bio-linda-axen.jpgLinda started with Northern Health in October 2011 as the Nursing Research Facilitator and is currently the Northern Health Cardiac Triage Coordinator. Prior to the Nursing Research Facilitator role, Linda worked for many years in clinical research in Vancouver including five years in Cardiology Research at Vancouver General Hospital. In completing her Master of Nursing in 2011 from the University of Victoria, Linda gained a greater understanding of the contributions nursing makes to health policy development and the complexities of the social and environmental forces within which nursing has developed as a profession.

Lori Campbell, RN

by Patrick ChiuPatrick Chiu 02 Nov 2015 23:46


Lori completed her BScN at McMaster University and started her career at VCH in 2005. She has had positions in surgical care, intensive care, harm reduction, and on Vancouver’s downtown east side. As a direct care nurse dealing with patients from every part of Vancouver’s complex social and ethnic structure, Lori has gained a passion for promoting strong, evidence-informed nursing practice.

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Marcia Carr, RN

by Patrick ChiuPatrick Chiu 02 Nov 2015 23:48


Marcia Carr brings an extensive breadth of experience and nursing leadership to advocate within the ARNBC Director at Large role. As a Registered Nurse for over 45 years Marcia has cared for patients, clients and residents from "womb to tomb", an experience that includes populations in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, adults and older adults within acute care, home care and public health. Marcia has brought her nursing expertise to roles as a faculty member and adjunct faculty at nursing schools across Canada. She has worked as a Director of Care, and with the Canadian Nurses Association, College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC), BC Ministry of Health, ARNBC and CNS Association of BC in a variety of roles. Marcia currently works as a Nurse Continence Advisor and CNS in acute Medicine. Marcia is a recent recipient of the CRNBC Award of Excellence in Nursing Practice. Throughout all of these experiences, Marcia has been a dedicated, passionate and articulate advocate for the profession of nursing and would be an asset to the ARNBC board

Melissa Nuttall, RN

by Patrick ChiuPatrick Chiu 03 Nov 2015 00:00


Melissa is a Registered Nurse who graduated from the University of Victoria in 2013. She has been working in the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Emergency Room ever since and is completing her emergency nursing specialty. Melissa previously served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Nursing Students Association as the Western Regional Director in 2013.

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Nursing Student Initiatives

by Patrick ChiuPatrick Chiu 02 Nov 2015 22:48

Several programs and initiatives exist within B.C to support nursing students in their education and practice:

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Becoming a Registered Nurse

by Patrick ChiuPatrick Chiu 02 Nov 2015 21:12

In order to become a Registered Nurse within British Columbia, you must hold a Bachelor’s degree in nursing (or equivalent), from a recognized school of nursing by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC).

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Office of the Seniors Advocate

by Patrick ChiuPatrick Chiu 09 Nov 2015 23:20


The Office of the Seniors Advocate was established in 2014 as an independent office of the provincial government.

Sally Thorne, RN

by Patrick ChiuPatrick Chiu 03 Nov 2015 00:03


Dr. Sally Thorne is a respected nursing leader, academic and sought-after expert on health and public policy. She is passionately committed to a strong and effective nursing professional association policy voice and to enriching the coordinated contributions of BC’s three nursing organizations in building a strong, healthy provincial nursing system.

Specialty Nursing Certification

by Patrick ChiuPatrick Chiu 03 Nov 2015 21:19

As patients become increasingly complex, the need for registered nurses holding specialty certification is also increasing.

The Specialist

by ARNBCARNBC 03 Nov 2015 02:04

"The Specialist" is ARNBC's newsletter written for and about B.C.'s Specialty Nursing Groups.

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Tania Dick, RN

by Patrick ChiuPatrick Chiu 02 Nov 2015 23:22


Tania Dick hails from the Dzawada'enuxw First Nations of Kingcome Inlet and has been a Registered Nurse in British Columbia for 12 years. Her entire career has been spent in rural and remote nursing, specializing in Emergency and Aboriginal health. She attained her Master of Nursing degree in the Nurse Practitioner program at UBC in 2010. She currently works full time as a general duty nurse in her Father's rural village of Alert Bay, BC.

Tanya Sanders, RN

by Patrick ChiuPatrick Chiu 03 Nov 2015 00:01


Tanya is a Registered Nurse with 16 years of experience in both acute and community health nursing. She has primarily worked in public health in a variety of roles including leadership positions in Northern and Interior Health Authorities. She has also had the opportunity to work with the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada in a practice support and consultation role for community health nurses in BC.

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Wendy Bowles, NP

by Patrick ChiuPatrick Chiu 02 Nov 2015 23:43


Wendy began nursing in 1991 and has worked primarily in acute care with a focus on vascular diseases and wound care. Her career has also her into the community, including a northern exposure which was challenging and educational. She has had opportunities to teach and program plan in a variety of settings including high acuity, wound care, and nursing programs. These experiences have given her a multifaceted view of health care and nursing and led to her decision to enhance her advanced practice by completing her Nurse Practitioner degree. Wendy's recent practice has been in acute care, with a focus on cardiac surgery and care of the frail elderly.


by ARNBCARNBC 28 Oct 2015 16:43

According to Wikipedia, the world largest wiki site:

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Zak Matieschyn, NP

by Patrick ChiuPatrick Chiu 02 Nov 2015 23:15


Zak's interest in health and healing began at the early age of nine years-old when he would carry a small first aid kit while playing with friends. Since then, his passion for healthcare and health policy has been unwavering. He was particularly inspired by concepts of family, community, and societal health, as well as the social determinants of health during his nursing undergraduate (BSN UVic, 2000), graduate work (MN UVic, 2008), and clinical experience in urban, rural and remote B.C. communities.

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