Townhall with Dr. Leigh Chapman, Canada's Chief Nursing Officer

On December 1, 2023, NNPBC was privileged to host a townhall discussion with Dr. Leigh Chapman, Canada's Chief Nurse.
 

NNPBC put a call to our membership to seek a broad cross section of nurses representing a variety of areas of nursing practice to speak about key issues impacting the profession. We were overwhelmed by the number and quality of submissions and thank those who submitted their names for consideration.
 

During the event Dr. Chapman spoke about her work as Chief Nurse over the last 18 months including the Nursing Retention Toolkit, a by nurses for nurses resource. A panel discussion then occurred based on the issues submitted.
 

We thank Dr. Chapman for joining us and a thank you to each of our panelists for a lively and thoughtful discussion.
 

Issue Invitation for Dialogue (By Panelist)

Vininder Bains Systemic racism and climate change in the context of COVID-19 and after.
Tess Kroeker Mental health and wellness in students and faculty in the context of the emotional labour of the nursing profession and the stigmatization of mental health.
Lisa McLeod Sharing nursing innovation and success to foster connection, meaning and joy at work.
Carmen Sigalet Practice-theory gap for new graduate nurses and work/life/health balance in nursing.


 

Panelists



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Dr. Leigh Chapman

Dr. Leigh Chapman serves as the Chief Nursing Officer for Canada, within Health Canada. Her nursing career spans almost two decades, with roles in clinical leadership, home and community care, research, academia, and regulatory and professional practice environments. Her clinical practice background includes critical care, community care, and harm reduction. Dr. Chapman holds a Master of Science in Clinical Health Sciences from McMaster University and a PhD in Nursing from the University of Toronto. As CNO for Canada, she provides strategic advice to Health Canada to address pan-Canadian nursing priorities and represents the Federal Government at domestic and international forums. She also plays a convening role by engaging and collaborating with the nursing community to identify nursing workforce issues and innovative solutions to shared health system challenges. She is dedicated to making nursing a profession of choice in Canada to support our publicly funded health system.

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Vininder Bains, RN, MSN, CNCC(C)

Vininder Bains is a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in critical care at a tertiary acute care hospital for the past 7 years, and recently appointed as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia School of Nursing. Her 26-year nursing career includes 17 years as an ICU nurse at Vancouver Hospital and the past 7 years as a CNS with Providence Healthcare. Vininder has also served in a variety of leadership roles including code team, charge nurse, and the critical care outreach team (CCOT), as well as a clinical instructor at the BCIT Critical Care Nursing Specialty Program. Vininder holds a Master of Science in Nursing focused on clinical research from the University of British Columbia and she is a Certified Nurse in Critical Care. Vininder most enjoys mentoring clinician-led research and knowledge translation projects through the PHCRI Research Challenge and Knowledge Translation Challenge Grants.

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Tess Kroeker, ADPN, BHS(PN), MBA, RPN

Tess Kroeker has been a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) in British Columbia for nearly 30 years. Tess’s diverse career includes the private sector, provincial and federal public service, and direct care for the first 15 years of his career. In the past 15 years, Tess has worked in nursing regulation and post-secondary nursing institutions, where he is currently the Director of Nursing - Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Douglas College. He has a practice background in acute and tertiary psychiatry, substance use and forensic psychiatry. Tess holds a Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing, an Advanced Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing, a Bachelors of Health Sciences Degree, a Masters of Business Administration with a health care management specialty and he is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the Doctor of Social Sciences Program - Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University. Tess’s domain of inquiry is Substance Use Stigma - Barriers to access of acute and primary care services. Tess continues to represent the profession on numerous committees and policy tables.

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Lisa McLeod, RN

Lisa McLeod trained and worked in the UK for the first half of her career in paediatrics, Public Health nursing and PICU. After returning to BC, she went on to complete BCIT Specialty training in both Emergency and Critical Care nursing, working North Vancouver and Nanaimo. Lisa has a passion for quality improvement and patient safety, which led her to the Trauma Coordinator role for centre and north Vancouver Island, and then Clinical Operations Management at Nanaimo in both Patient Access & Flow, and the Emergency Department. She returned to bedside nursing in the ED at Vancouver General Hospital during the pandemic. Lisa came full circle in 2022, completing the BCIT Specialty Paediatric Critical Care training after 30+ years of nursing. Lisa loves spending time in the beauty of the local mountains and is grateful to live, work and play as an uninvited guest on the traditional, ancestral and unceded land of the Musqueam Nation, the Squamish Nation and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.

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Carmen Sigalet, RN, BScN, MN

Carmen Sigalet is a Registered Nurse who currently lives and works in Vernon BC. She is married to Michael they have two grown children and a chocolate lab. She has been a registered nurse for 42 years. Her passion for nursing has resulted in her perusing a variety of experiences in Acute Care, focusing on critical care and specialty areas until obtaining her MSN in 2011. When she accepted the position of Staff Development Educator for Vernon Jubilee Hospital. In this role, she develops programs and supports nursing students, new graduate nurses and experienced nurses in their education goals. In addition to the hospital, Carmen is also the Nurse Clinician with Certified Practice for the OPTIONS for Sexual Health clinic in the community. As well as a clinical tutor for the University of British Columbia Southern Medical Program in Kelowna.