New Brunswick Nursing Award
I never imagined I would become a nurse. I joined the Canadian Armed Forces Health Services Primary Reserve looking for excitement and opportunity as a young adult. I became a Medical Technician and learned so much about myself, the world, and health care as a result. These opportunities helped me find my way to nursing. Almost 20 years later, I could not imagine a different path!
Currently, I am privileged to be a Teaching Professor in the Bachelor of Nursing Accelerated Program (BNAP) at the University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) Moncton site. I have been a member of the UNB teaching community since 2014. My nursing career before joining UNB includes acute care, emergency, and military nursing. I have had the opportunity to nurse in many different locations, including participating in military deployments and exercises in more than 10 countries and across North America.
I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Lakehead University and a Master of Science in Global Health at McMaster University. Currently, I am completing a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing at Queen’s University, in which my primary research interest is the use of nurse-led low carbohydrate and intermittent fasting dietary interventions to improve metabolic health.
A willingness to take risks, challenge the status quo, and advocate for change are key components of my identity as a nurse educator and researcher, and I am so thankful to the Canadian Nurses Foundation and their incredible donors for this award, which will support my PhD research!