I graduated from the BCIT Diploma Nursing program in 1986. After working at Burnaby Hospital for a short period of time, I transferred to Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) where I have worked in a variety of medical/surgical areas as a staff nurse and patient care coordinator. In 2000 I began doing relief work for Muriel Larsen and Laurie Cox in the Enterostomal Therapy (ET) Department. I quickly realized that I had found my true passion working with clients in this area of nursing.
I completed the Canadian Association of Enterostomal Therapy course in 2006 and secured a position in the Royal Columbian Hospital ET clinic in 2007. I am eternally grateful to Muriel Larsen and Laurie Cox for the wise and excellent mentorship I received from them in the early years of my ET career.
I continue to work at RCH where my role includes pre- and post-operative care of people with an ostomy, wound and fistula management, staff education, preceptoring new ET nurses, and participation in various provincial ostomy committees. Regular attendance at wound and ostomy conferences and education sessions keeps my practice current and relevant.
It was my pleasure to join the awesome team of nurses at the Ostomy Care & Supply Centre in 2011. I am humbled by the courage and determination of the clients I am so fortunate to meet, and committed to providing the best options and support for them in learning to live well with an ostomy.