Tracy Kinch Lake Co-Chair Executive Organizing Committee
Dr. Carolyn Mitchell, MN-NP, DNP Co-Chair Executive Organizing Committee
Carolyn is a primary health care nurse practitioner employed with Nova Scotia Healthy Authority. Her 30 + years of nursing experience is varied with a strong emphasis on pediatrics and complex medical care. She holds a BA of Nursing from Memorial Uni. of Newfoundland and a MA of Nursing- Nurse Practitioner from Athabasca Uni. She completed a Doctor of Nursing Practice- Family Nurse Practitioner at Uni. of Massachusetts- Amherst. Her area of scholarship and research involves health care needs of children in foster care and the effects of adverse childhood experiences. She is a member of the College of Registered Nurses of NS, Canadian Nurses Association, Nurse Practitioner Association of Canada, American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Nova Scotia. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Lenora Brace, MN, NP Executive Committee Member
Lenora is the president of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Canada. She completed her primary care nurse practitioner program in 2006. She has her own panel of patients, a community service component in her role and she has her own private practice. She has worked in Manitoba, Nova Scotia, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. She has also volunteered on short term medical mission teams in Guatemala, Honduras and Peru. Believing deeply in advocacy for access to primary health care and fiscal responsibility in providing care she is advocating for NPs at the national level and at stakeholder tables.
Denise is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Dept. of Oncology and co-Director for the Canadian Centre for Advanced Practice Nursing Research at McMaster University. She is cross appointed at the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre as a Clinician Scientist and Director of the Canadian Centre of Excellence in Oncology Advanced Practice Nursing. Denise is recognized internationally as a leader in advanced practice nursing (APN) research, education, mentorship, and knowledge translation. She has conducted research about Clinical Nurse Specialists and Nurse Practitioners in varied settings, led the development of APN curricula, and designed frameworks and tools to for the introduction and evaluation of APN roles.
Deborah Hart, MN NP Executive Committee Member
Passionate about advancing the role of NPs & owner of the first NP clinical practice in Nova Scotia, she has 25+yrs of healthcare experience in Canada and abroad, in multiple specialties. She instructs for Athabasca University’s MN NP program, precepts RN/NPs & holds a BScBio/chem, BScN & MN NP and studies in Business, Comms & Psychology. As Executive Co-Chair for NPANS, member of Executive Organizing committee ICN/NPAPN 2020, International Honors Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, Dalhousie University’s Honors Nursing Society, Canadian Board of Aesthetic Medicine, Canadian Assoc. of Aesthetic Specialty Nurses-expert speaker, Canadian Assoc. of Medical Spas & Aesthetic Surgeons & an International Assoc. for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine, and Nurse Practitioner Association of Canada-Council, she advocates for NPs locally, Provincially, Nationally & Internationally.
Rachel is a Nurse Practitioner currently working in primary health care at a transitional care clinic in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her nursing background includes Infectious Diseases, Adolescent Mental Health and Addictions, and Rural nursing. She enjoys working as a clinical instructor, providing education, support and training to students at the Dalhousie School of Nursing. Rachel holds a master’s in nursing from Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western, (London, Ontario) as well as a combined Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Lethbridge (Lethbridge, Alberta). Rachel is originally from Halifax and is enthusiastic about hiking, biking and exploring Nova Scotia and enjoying the food, wine, music and culture of her home province.
Kim Hebert, MN NP Executive Committee Member
Kim is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Bachelor of Nursing program, earned a certificate on Adult Education at Henson College, and Masters of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care) graduate of Athabasca University. She has been a clinical instructor for Dalhousie School of Nursing (DSON) since 1994 and has been full-time teaching at the school since 2003. Kim has clinical experience based in pediatrics - more currently general medicine, family all ages with a focus in the older adult. She hold her position of Coordinator for the Clinical Learning and Simulation Centre (CLSC) at the School of Nursing and completed her Certificate in Healthcare Simulation from Drexel University. She was a key lead for the development and implementation of a simulation curriculum into the undergraduate program. She is a core member of the interprofessional education committee and active in the development and implementation of interprofessional education and simulations within the school of nursing.
Dr Kimberley Lamarche RN NP, DNP Member of the Core Steering Group for the ICN NP/APN network
Kim has been involved with nursing her entire career. She started working with the Centre of Nursing and Health Studies as a sessional instructor and in 2005 became an Ass. Prof. and was Program Manager of the Advanced Nursing Practice Program until 2010. She is involved on various levels with nurse practitioner issues, committees and organizations. Kim has a BScN from the University of Ottawa, an Emergency/Critical Care diploma from Red River College, an Advanced Graduate Diploma from Athabasca, and was one of the first students to receive a Masters of Health: Advanced Nursing Practice degree from AU. She completed a Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a concentration in Clinical Leadership from Case Western University. She believes in the scholarship of practice, and to that end maintains a part time NP practice to sustain her clinical competencies.
Dr. Ruth Martin-Misener, NP, PhD Scientific Program Committee Co-Chair
Dr. Martin-Misener is a Prof. and Interim Director of the School of Nursing at the Dalhousie University School of Nursing. She is an Affiliate Scientist with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Maritime SPOR Support Unit and is Co-Lead for the Collaborative for Research in Primary Health Care at Dalhousie University, and Co-Director of the Canadian Centre for Advanced Practice Nursing Research at McMaster University. The focus of her research is innovative interprofessional team-based models of care in primary health care, the role of NPs and other advanced and specialized nurses and patient engagement in primary health care quality improvements. She teaches NPs and other graduate students, supervises masters and PhD students, and is actively involved in developing and evaluating policy for NP regulation, education and practice. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, presented at national and international conferences and received several awards.
Cheryl Robbins Social Events & International Cooperation Committee Co-Chair
Cheryl Robbins is an experienced Nurse Practitioner known for her passion for clinical practice and continuing education with experience in ER, ICU, rural and remote, and private practice. Cheryl is the former President of the NPAA, NP expert for the Alberta Minister’s advisory committee for the development of FCC’s in Alberta, and NP expert on the Alberta Chamber of Commerce Health Policy Committee for rural primary care practitioner recruitment and retention. Cheryl is nearing completion of her PhD with a focus on rural NP practice. She spends her free time with her husband and 3 boys – and quilting.
Josette Roussel, RN, M.Sc., M.Ed. Executive Committee Member
Her leadership helps advance the nursing profession and improve the quality of nursing practice to build a better future for Canadian health care. As program lead at the CNA, she ensures research findings are incorporated into CNA’s recommendations for national health policy. She holds overall responsibility for CNA’s advocacy work to ensure federal policies recognize, protect and advance the role of registered nurses, clinical nurse specialists and NP. She led the creation of CNA’s updated Advanced Practice Nursing: A Pan-Canadian Framework, which official release is planned early 2019, and she has overseen the development of other pan-Canadian frameworks. She holds a master’s in education from the Uni. of Ottawa and a master’s in nursing, specializing in gerontology, from the Uni. du Québec en Outaouais.
Erin Sarrazin Social Events and International Cooperation Committee Co-Chair
Erin has been nursing for 15 years, the last 3 as a Nurse Practitioner. She completed her BScN and her post master Nurse Practitioner and certificate in Global Health at Dalhousie University and also has a Master of Nursing in Health Policy from MUN. She worked as a contractor for the military since she started her Nurse Practitioner career first in Cold Lake, Alberta and then Trenton, Ontario and now presently works in Kingston, Ontario. She is an avid alpine skier and also volunteers with the Canadian Ski Patrol. The remainder of her time is spent with her 12 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Nova after her home province. She is excited to participate as Co-chair of the Social Events and International Cooperation Committee and looks forward to showing you what Halifax has to offer.
LeeAnn White Young RN, MN, NP Finance Committee Chair
LeeAnn White-Young is a Nurse Practitioner in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. She received a Bachelor of Nursing from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1996. Her practice spanned multiple settings including hospital, community and remote nursing, however Primary Health Care is her passion. She received her Master’s in Nursing, NP from Athabasca University in 2008. She provides care to family & all ages in the first Canadian Clinic collaborative between DND and a provincial health authority; serving dependents of Canadian Military Members and local residents. She enjoys preceptoring NP students and encouraging learning opportunities. She has been on conference planning committees for NPANS provincially and CAAPN nationally.