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NNPBC 2019 AGM: Candidate Biographies

RN Council Candidates


RN CNS Councillor Candidates

Ken McDonald(acclaimed)read bio

RN Indigenous Councillor Candidates

Jessica Kwaxwalaogwa Key(acclaimed)read bio

RN Interior Councillor Candidates

Mary Kjorvenread bio
Barbara Pesutread bio

RN Northern Councillor Candidates

Rylee Webster(acclaimed)read bio

RN Island Councillor Candidates

Angela Wignall(acclaimed)read bio

RN Education Councillor Candidates

Lynn Mustoread bio
Ruhina Ranaread bio

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NNPBC 2019 AGM: Candidate Biographies


RN CNS Councillor Candidate

Ken McDonald

Ken McDonald is interested in using his knowledge and experience to decrease morbidity and mortality and increase patient/client/resident and clinician quality of life and satisfaction. He has been practicing for 19 years in progressively more challenging and diverse leadership roles including acute and community direct care, clinical education, operational management, evaluation and advanced practice. He is currently the Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Fraser Health Mental Health & Substance Use Services and chair of the British Columbia Mental Health & Substance Use Clinical Practice Leader Community of Practice.
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NNPBC 2019 AGM: Candidate Biographies


RN Indigenous Councillor Candidate

Jessica Kwaxwalaogwa Key

Jessica Kwaxwalaogwa Key is a citizen of the Musgamagw Dzawada'eneuxw nation of Kingcome, BC. She was born in Whitehorse, grew up in Yellowknife, and has been a settler on unceded Coast Salish Territory in Vancouver for 15 years. Jessica is a registered nurse who works to support youth navigating substance use and mental wellness issues in an inpatient setting and has recently started with the Urban Health medical unit at St Paul's Hospital. Her leadership experience is varied and includes a mix of formal and informal roles. She is currently the Coast Mountain regional representative with the Indigenous Leadership Circle through BCNU and has advocated for the voices of indigenous nurses and indigenous people by advocating for the adoption of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action by the BCNU. She has been recognized by her colleagues and the NNPBC for her practice, informal leadership on her team, and commitment to indigenous cultural safety and was awarded the NNPBC Rising Star Nursing Excellence Award in 2018. While completing her bachelor of science in nursing, she volunteered as the nursing student coordinator in a program coordinating nursing and medical student learning experiences with the Vancouver Native Health clinic and as a representative for the Canadian Nursing Students' Association. Jessica is committed to improving health outcomes for indigenous nations, particularly indigenous youth, through connection to land, self-determination, and holistic mental wellness. She is currently co-creating an organization that gets youth out on the land in Musgamagw Dzawada'eneuxw territory and is developing a mental health skills development component for those programs. As the RN Indigenous Councillor, Jessica would strive to represent the varied and combined voices of indigenous nurses in BC and champion indigenous ways of knowing and being in health care. It would be an honour to do this work. Gilakasla.
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NNPBC 2019 AGM: Candidate Biographies


RN Interior Councillor Candidate

Mary Kjorven

Ms. Mary Kjorven is a Regional Clinical Nurse Specialist in Geriatrics and a Nurse Continence Advisor with Interior Health. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Okanagan University College, a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of British Columbia Okanagan, and is a doctoral candidate, soon to be completed this summer! She has focused her nursing practice on care of older adults across health sectors including acute, community and long-term care. Her research interests include risk, older adults, delirium and incontinence.

Mary served six years on the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia Board of Directors and was instrumental in the process of moving from three nursing regulators to one: the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP). She was delighted to see the parallel change in the formation of one professional nursing association for BC and is excited to participate as an active member of the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of British Columbia (NNPBC).

Mary is honoured to be nominated to serve as the Interior Health representative on the NNPBC RN council. Mary's expertise includes a clear understanding of the distinct and separate roles of the nursing regulator, the nursing professional association and the nursing union and is committed to collaborative relationships with all nursing stakeholders. The mandate of the Registered Nursing (RN) council: 1) to collaborate amongst RNs to establish consistent recommendations and responses to common and or emerging nursing issues in British Columbia, and 2) to work collaboratively and reciprocally with the NNPBC Board to ensure the RN voice is heard in all health and social policy discussions and that the RN perspective is recognized as one key component of the nursing profession in the province of BC fits with Mary's interest, knowledge, skills and passion.
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NNPBC 2019 AGM: Candidate Biographies


RN Interior Councillor Candidate

Barbara Pesut

My first experience in healthcare was as a care aide working in residential care. It was really those early experiences of developing meaningful relationships with clients that led to my desire to become a nurse. I completed my nursing diploma at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1982 and began my career working in oncology at BC Children's hospital. I then worked for several years as a nurse in rural BC. Those rural nursing experiences sparked an interest in critical care nursing and so I returned to the city to complete a critical care nursing certificate in 1985. This led to a decade of nursing within critical care as a nurse and educator. I soon realized how much I loved teaching and so decided to pursue graduate studies. After completing my MSN at UBC Vancouver, I transitioned to a nursing faculty position at Trinity Western University where I served as the Chair of the School of Nursing for six years. During that time, I became increasingly interested in how to provide ethically good spiritual and religious care in an increasingly diverse society. This interest led to a return to graduate studies and the completion of a PhD in 2005. In 2007, I returned to my alma mater, taking up a nursing faculty position at UBC's Okanagan campus. There I received a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Health, Ethics, and Diversity. My research interests lie within palliative care and focus on strategies to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for patients and families. I am currently studying Canadian nurses' experiences with Medical Assistance in Dying. After 37 years of practice, education, and research in nursing, I am passionate about nurses' contributions to Canadian society, and about promoting nurses' well-being as they make those contributions.
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RN Northern Councillor Candidate

Rylee Webster

Hello, my name is Rylee Webster.

I have obtained my BSN from UNBC Quesnel, and have gained experience working on medical / surgical floors in Quesnel and Dawson Creek. Additionally, I have worked at Rotary Manor long term care facility, home and community care nursing and long term care case management in the South Peace area.

I am currently working full time with Northern Health as a Clinical Nurse Educator, Dawson Creek Community and Long Term Care. In this role, I am responsible for identifying, planning, developing, and delivering education to assist staff in meeting their key competencies.

I am happily married and love the outdoors - from snowshoeing and fishing to riding my horses.

I have a passion for improving health service delivery. I feel that working as a registered nurse I am able to effectively apply my skills and education to positively impact health care and resources.

I am looking forward to joining NNPBC and am eager to support the ongoing development of nursing practice.
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NNPBC 2019 AGM: Candidate Biographies


RN Island Councillor Candidate

Angela Wignall

I became a nurse because I'm passionate about advancing health equity and improving the health of our population. I've worked as a public health nurse, a perinatal nurse, a nurse educator, and a nurse leader. I hold a BSN from the University of Victoria, a BA from York University, and an MA in Studies and Policy and Practice. I've also trained at BCIT in the Perinatal nursing program, in cultural safety and humility through PHSA, and in the NHS School for Change Agents.

I am currently part of the Island Health family in Victoria, BC. Most recently, my nursing work has focused on advancing nursing voice in governance, policy, and practice as well as creating space for nurses in innovation. I have developed and piloted a new role for nurses at Island Health in Quality, Safety, and Improvement and am a founding member of Island Health's Innovation Lab. I now work alongside our Chief Nursing Officer in the creation of a Nursing and Allied Health Advisory Council that will work to inform leadership and decision making across our health authority. I'm passionate about advancing the nursing profession and advocating for the inclusion of our knowledge and expertise at the policy table.

We have big challenges that we're facing now as a profession and even bigger challenges ahead. I believe that nurses have what it takes to lead the way, centering patients and building a system where excellent care is not just the expectation but the norm. As an RN Councillor at NNPBC, I will work to advance change that centres are RNs as the leaders and innovators that we are.
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NNPBC 2019 AGM: Candidate Biographies


RN Education Councillor Candidate

Lynn Musto

My name is Lynn Musto and I have worked as an Assistant Professor at Trinity Western University since 2014. From 1988 - 2011 I worked with adults and adolescents in acute care mental health. During that time I worked as a direct care provider, a Patient Care Coordinator, and a Clinical Nurse Educator. In 2011, I entered the PhD program at UBC and had the privilege of being present in the early stages of the formation of the ARNBC. My passions include the desire to support professional practice and advance nursing in this Province. I believe we can accomplish these goals by taking a multipronged approach that includes the mentorship of nursing students beginning in the classroom and extending to the clinical placements. We also need to have a strong and thriving professional association to role model advocacy for the profession of nursing and effective health policy. If elected, I look forward to serving nurses in the Province by working collaboratively with members of the council to address professional issues and represent the interests and concerns of nursing educators in BC.
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NNPBC 2019 AGM: Candidate Biographies


RN Education Councillor Candidate

Ruhina Rana

I am passionate about nursing education and research, and look forward to working on the RN Council to support these issues and others that are vital to our profession. I was born and raised in Vancouver, and completed degrees at SFU in psychology and neuroscience prior to becoming a nurse. I graduated from Douglas College with a BSN and started working at St. Paul's Hospital in the Heart Centre. I loved the opportunity to learn about the complexity of the heart and the human experience of health and illness.I also completed a specialty certificate in critical care nursing at BCIT, and in addition to my bedside practice, I pursued opportunities to engage in nursing research. I participated in the Providence Health Care Practice-Based Research Challenge with a project on new graduate nursing transition into acute cardiac specialty areas. Working with students in the hospital was always a highlight for me. In 2014, Douglas College offered me a contract teaching opportunity and this solidified my love of nursing education. I decided to pursue a a Masters of Nursing at UVIC with a focus on nursing education. I am now a full time faculty member at Douglas College in the nursing department and coordinator of health sciences research. I also maintain my bedside practice as a casual RN at Delta Hospital Emergency. I love sharing my enthusiasm for nursing, research, and education with my colleagues and students, as well as shaping the future of nursing through the development of leadership and advocacy skills in the next generation of nurses.