Meredith Aziz, London Health Sciences Centre, RN, BSCN, LHSC

Meredith Aziz graduated from the University of Western Ontario/Fanshawe in 2008 as an RN,BSCN.  She started her nursing career as an RN on the ortho\trauma unit.  After three years, she returned to where she enjoyed her time most as a student nurse in the PACU/recovery room; including a temporary position as the clinical educator.  Meredith accepted the position of accreditation specialist in 2018 for the perioperative department gaining exemplary status as an organization.  Most recently, Meredith completed the AORN OR nursing program to be an OR staff nurse

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Beverley Barbato, RN, ORNAO, Hamilton Health Sciences

Throughout my nursing career, I have been committed to lifelong learning. I graduated with a diploma in Nursing in 1992 from Lambton College. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) at the University of Victoria in 2008 and my Masters of Education at Brock University in 2013. My area of interest and research is related to healthy work environments within the nursing profession. I believe in evidence-based practice, as well as translating and sharing this valuable knowledge. I was awarded a Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) Leadership Fellowship in 2007. I had the opportunity to research, develop and implement recommendations for best practices of care which ultimately had a positive impact on patient care.
I am currently the Clinical Manager, Perioperative Services Hamilton Health Sciences. Within this role, I have had the opportunity to manage a number of clinical services across HHS and currently have responsibility for the Operating Rooms, Procedure Rooms and Medical Device Reprocessing Department at the McMaster site. I have also managed Centralized Preoperative Clinic, the Post Anesthetic Recovery Room, the Adult Pain Clinic and Same Day Surgical Unit. I have had the opportunity to lead a number of transformational quality and improvement initiatives including the establishment of the Same Day Overnight Units, the Centralized of the Preoperative Clinic and the implementation of the role of the clinical pharmacist in Preop Clinic. I was a co-leading the Redevelopment project for the McMaster Perioperative areas where we build 8 new OR’s, 2 Procedure rooms as well as the SDS and PACU. I have been a part time Assistant Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University since 2014.

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Patrice Clayton, Clinical Nurse Educator, North York General Hospital

Patrice Currently works at North York General Hospital as the Clinical Nurse Educator for the Operating room, MDRD and Cataract Centre. With 14 years of perioperative experience, Patrice brings a wealth of knowledge from a variety of leadership positions in both Canada and the United States. She began her career in Calgary, Alberta and quickly discovered she had a passion for perioperative nursing practice. While working in the US, Patrice honed her knowledge and skills as an OR nurse in all surgical specialties. Patrice is dedicated in making positive changes that reflect best practices and standards in the OR

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Debra Clendinneng, BScN, MEd, PhD, ORNAO, Algonquin College

Debra Clendinneng's first career was in perioperative nursing. She has been an educator and coordinator for 13 years. She is passionate about perioperative education and creating a delivering professional education that combines online learning with simulation and experiential learning.
She received a BScN and MEd from the University of Ottawa. In 2006 she received a Dean’s Scholarship and was awarded a PhD in Education in 2011. Her current research focus, which is sponsored by a ORNAC and Cardinal Health grant, explores best practices in teaching non-technical skills in perioperative programs. Deb supports and supervises nurses in their writing endeavors, currently serves as Subject Editor for Nursing / Health Education for the online scientific journal FACETS and is Editorial Co-chair for the ORNAC Journal.

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Stephanie Depledge, RN, BScN, CPN(c), ORNAO, Clinical Educator, Professional Practice Lead- Perioperative Services,Guelph General Hospital

Stephanie Depledge MN, BScN, RN, CPN(c) is a Clinical Educator, Professional Practice Lead for Perioperative Services at Guelph General Hospital. She completed a master’s degree with a teaching focus from Athabasca University in December 2018. She has a true passion for empowering others and promoting excellence in Perioperative practice and teaches part time in the Perioperative program at Conestoga College.

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Anne-Marie DeWeert, RN BScN Manager, Royal University Hospital

I graduated from the University of Alberta in 2003 with a BScN (my senior preceptorship had been in PACU at the Misercordia Hospital in Edmonton) - one of my first jobs after graduating was in the emergency department at the hospital in St. Albert. In early 2004 my husband and I relocated to Grande Prairie, Alberta where he had accepted a position with clinical engineering; I accepted a position in the PACU. I started along my perioperative training through BCIT until I was offered a position in the perioperative program through Grande Prairie Regional College, which I gratefully accepted. I started working in the operating room in 2005 and have never looked back; from the first glance that I had as a nursing student, I knew this was where I was meant to be. Our family relocated once more, this time to Saskatoon in early 2008 where I was able to find work at the Royal University Hospital, the city's tertiary care centre. I was able to grow significantly in my role as a perioperative nurse, being exposed to new surgical specialties and gaining confidence as a leader and resource nurse. I was fortunate to be able to participate in the regions' electronic charting initiative for the operating room and this helped me to gain a more global perspective of the work that the department does; I was later approached to fill in as the interim manager for the department in the spring of 2015 and I am still here! I am currently working with several great teams in preparing for the opening of the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital in October 2019. On a personal level, I have been married to Doug for 20 years and I am the very proud mom to Michael 12 and Jayne 9.

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Alma Dirpaul, Registered Nurse, Saskatoon Health Authority

I graduated with my Diploma Nursing from SIAST - Kelsey Campus in 1988. I started my career by working with post-operative patients on General, Cardiovascular and NeuroSurgery wards for 5 years. Having an interest in Surgery led me to complete the Perioperative Nursing Program in April 1993. I began working in the Operating Room at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, SK in September of that year. Except for brief periods at St.Paul's Hospital and Saskatoon City Hospital, the majority of the last 25 years has been spent at RUH. I am currently Resource Nurse for the ENT and Pediatric Ophthalmology surgery there. I completed my National Perioperative Certification on 2016. I've been married to my husband Tenny for 29 years. We have 2 children - a son, Sidney and a daughter, Stephanie. We are recent empty-nesters.

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Cathleen Ferguson, Past President/ Governance Pillar, ORNAC

Graduated from St Martha's School of Nursing 1978 Graduated from STFX University 1994 Perioperative Post Grad Course Halifax 1996 Became RNFA 2004 ORNANS President 2011-2013 ORNAC NS Board member for 4 years Worked on ORNAC Standards Committee for 4 years ORNAC President 2015-2017 Current Governance Pillar Operation Smile missions X 7 missions Worked in nursing 40 years, 30 years in perioperative nursing

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David Garner David Garner

With experience across 3 continents, David brings a unique perspective on personal development, with an aptitude for creating lasting learning outcomes across both team oriented and individual coaching sessions. Having worked as a leader in several different fields, David has a firm understanding of what it takes to harness personal qualities and allow them to flourish in business and in life. As a former Police Officer, David is comfortable working within diverse environments, and is able to empathize with the vast majority of his clients. David began working in the coaching industry 5 years ago in Melbourne, Australia, and has since gone on to work with one of the world’s best renowned Life Coaching institutions. Utilizing his own life experience, David began specializing in Grief Healing, which is a unique take on how to navigate through life’s most challenging circumstances. David gained worldwide attention upon the release of a YouTube video documenting his life story, which enabled him to connect with hundreds of thousands of people across the globe. David immigrated to Canada in 2013, and has worked individually with hundreds of clients across the country. He is now recognized as a Motivational speaker, having performed his keynote talks in front of several large audiences, including last July at the ORNAC conference in Antigonish..

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Daphny Grace Peneza,MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, Memorial Hermann Hospital - Texas Medical CenterDaphny Grace

Daphny Grace M. Peneza, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM is a RN IV / Neurological Practice Specialist for Education of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Memorial Hermann Hospital - Texas Medical Center. She completed her and Masters Degree in Nursing in Ateneo de Davao University, Philippines where she was a nursing professor before migrating to Canada and USA.

She was the first graduate of the Mischer Neuroscience Institute Neurosurgical Nursing Orientation Program in 2014. In 2015 she received a Standing Ovation Award for ensuring optimal learning experiences for new employees. Daphny was also honored last 2018 as Promising Professional Achievement Awardee by AORN, Outstanding Filipino Nurse by Philippine Nurses Association of Metropolitan Houston, Nurse Excellence Pillar Awardee (Nurse as Innovator) by Memorial Hermann Hospital - Texas Medical Center, and Outstanding Neurosurgery Clinician / Educator by AORN of Greater Houston.

Ms. Peneza is involved in American Association of Perioperative Nurses (AORN) nationally as: Prep for CNOR Live Instructor, Global Relations Committee Member, Clinical Nurse Educator’s Specialty Assembly Professional Practice Chair, National Conference Speaker, Poster Presenter, and Journal Peer Reviewer. Local involvements include: Texas State Council’s TCORN Conference 2019 Vendor Fair Chair, AORN of Greater Houston’s Bylaws Committee Chairperson and Immediate Past Nominating Committee Chairperson.

Daphny is her institution’s Nurse Mentoring Program Education Chair, Periop101 instructor, and CNOR Coach. She also serves as Public Relations Officer of Philippine Nurses Association of Metropolitan Houston, Member of American Association of Neuroscience Nurses’ National Scope of Practice Taskforce as well as Lions Club International.

She is a dedicated lifelong learner and believes that through learning from each other's potential and sharing our inner gifts we will all thrive towards a better perioperative nursing practice.

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Peter B. Graves, BSN, RN, CNOR, Director, Clinical Outcomes Management and Educations, Irrimax Corporation

Peter B. Graves, BSN, RN, CNOR, serves as Director of clinical outcomes and education for the Irrimax Corporation. In his role, he serves as subject matter specialist for clinicians and for the Irrimax team. Peter graduated in 1989 from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ with a BSN. He is also a certified operating room nurse (CNOR). He has authored and collaborated on multiple papers in peer-reviewed journals such as Perioperative Clinics, the AORN Journal, Nursing Management, Infection Control Today, Advance for Nurses, and other journals. Peter has authored chapters on prevention of surgical site infections in Perioperative Safety by Donna Watson and hand off communication for the Competency & Credentialing Institute’s CNOR Study Guide. Peter was a chapter reviewer of Alexander’s Care of the Patient in Surgery, thirteenth edition on Infection control. He has presented extensively to both nurses and surgeons on a variety of topics, such as infection control, latex allergy, and patient and staff safety. He has presented internationally in Australia, Canada, Columbia, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, and Taiwan. In addition, he has been invited to speak at several AORN Congresses, general session speaker at the ANCC Magnet Hospital conference, the American Nurses Association, National Association of Orthopedic Nurses (NAON), Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, Neonatal Nurse (AWONN), and American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses (ASORN). An active professional with AORN. Peter chaired several national committees’ and is a past national board member of AORN. He recently held the clinical surgical services manager position at Baylor Medical Center in Carrollton, Texas and chaired the Baylor Scott & White healthcare system’s OR policy subcommittee. In addition, Peter was peer nominated and accepted into the Surgical Infection Society; is a member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC); is a clinical affiliate member of the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons; and inducted into Sigma as a nurse leader - the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

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Jane Kusler-Jensen, Specialist Leader, Deloitte Consulting

Jane A. Kusler-Jensen, BSN, RN, MBA, CNOR, is Specialist Leader with Deloitte Consulting. Previously, she was executive director of the Orthopedic Hospital of Wisconsin; director of perioperative services for River Woods Outpatient Center and Ozaukee Campus, part of Columbia St. Mary's Healthcare System. Other prior positions were: director of surgical services for Aurora Bay Care, administrator of Physicians Plus Surgery Center, nurse manager at SurgiCenter of Greater Milwaukee, head nurse at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, patient care coordinator at St. Joseph's Hospital, and the OR head nurse at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Ms. Kusler-Jensen earned her diploma in nursing from Deaconess School of Nursing, her BSN from Carroll College, a BS in Management from Cardinal Stritch College and her MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She received an AORN writer's award and has presented at multiple Perioperative Conferences. She has served on the AORN Board of Directors.

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Mary Knight, BScN, MN, MORNA, Chairman, Friends of African Nursing (Canada)

Mary Knight is an experienced health care manager with an extensive background in surgical suite management. Mary worked in perioperative nursing for over 30 years in Manitoba, Alberta and Ontario in the roles of a staff nurse, head nurse, continuing education instructor, manager and director. Mary was ORNAC President for 2001-2003, and became interested in global perioperative nursing while representing Canada internationally and through participation on the Board of the International Federation of Perioperative Nurses.
Mary is a co-founder of the Canadian registered charity, Friends of African Nurses (Canada), which exists to promote and support education and training relating to perioperative nursing practice in Africa.

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Antoniette Labricciosa, RN, ORNAO, ORNAO

Antoniette Labriccios RN, BScN, MEd, CPN(C) - Antoniette graduated from McMaster University with a BScN in 1987. She completed a Master of Education at OISE/University of Toronto in Theory and Policy Studies, Higher/Health Professional Education. She is presently employed in the main OR at Mount Sinai Hospital and Cardiac Surgery at Trillium Health Partners. Antoniette is a part-time faculty in the perioperative nursing program at Centennial College.

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Lynne L. Laflamme, RN, BScN, MHS, RNFA, CNOR, Unit Manager, Operating Room

Lynne L. Laflamme, RN, BScN, MHS, RNFA, CNOR has worked for 27 years within the nursing profession in various specialties in Canada, the USA, and Europe, with 18 years working as a Clinician and RNFA in the perioperative setting. She has been an integral member of the perioperative leadership team at the Foothills Medical Center in Calgary, Alberta for the last 2 years and has an interest in collaborative practice and perioperative patient safety.

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Millie Markovich, RN MSc Chief Executive Officer

Millie Markovich has worked 20 years at the Hospital for Sick Children She initially worked in the in-patient neurosurgical unit, but moved to the OR 13 years ago The last six years, she has worked as part of the neurosurgical OR team and last three years, as the Clinical Support Nurse for the OR : Neurosurgery and Plastics. Millie is very proud of her OR Hybrid team at Sickkids, and hope you gain from her talk, how you as OR Nurse can embrace change in a positive way.

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Julie D. McBrien, RN, MHSc, ORNAO, Program Director – Surgery, Halton Healthcare – Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

Julie is currently the Program Director for Surgery and Ambulatory Clinics at Halton Healthcare in Oakville, Ontario. Julie is a Registered Nurse and holds degrees a Bachelor of Nursing Degree (BN) from the University of New Brunswick. Julie is graduate of the George Brown Operating Room Perioperative Nursing Program, and worked as a front-line perioperative nurse for over 10 years, with a focus in the orthopedics. Julie also has a Masters in Health Sciences (MHSc) from the University of Toronto and holds the designation of Certified Health Executive from the Canadian College of Healthcare Leaders. Julie has a special interest and passion for improving both patient/family experience and staff satisfaction.

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Leah McKerricher, Faculty, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, School of Nursing

Leah graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Nursing in 2010. She moved to Ontario and started working in Telemetry at St. Catharines General Hospital. In 2011 she completed a Perioperative Registered Nursing program and began working at Hamilton General Hospital specialized in cardiac/vascular surgery. In 2015, Leah completed her Critical Care Certification at Mohawk College. She moved back to her home province of Saskatchewan and began working at Saskatchewan Polytechnic as a clinical instructor for the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (SCBScN). In 2016, Leah joined the Perioperative Nursing Program. In the summer, she worked as a travel nurse in British Columbia. Leah graduates with a Masters of Nursing in Leadership and Education from the University of Saskatchewan in April, 2019. Leah loves working in the operating room because it is fast-paced, transformative, and involves collaborative teamwork.

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Brendan O'Neill, Chief Operating Officer, London Hospital Linen Service Inc

Brendan began his career with London Hospital Linen Service Inc. in July 1988 as a 16-year-old part time employee. After completing his education at Western University, and many roles throughout the plant, both in production and management, Brendan transitioned into his current role of Chief Operating Officer in February 2019.
Today his responsibilities include overall operations management, finance management, textile procurement, customer relationship management and strategic planning and marketing. He sits on the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Technical Sub Committee on Sterilization, is the current President of the Board of Directors for ARTA (The American Reusable Textile Association), and contributes to the Canadian General Standards Board Committee on Textile Test Methods and Terminology.

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Michael Overcash, Professor, Sustainability Research Director, Environmental Clarity, Inc

Dr. Overcash has developed an in-depth national research program in two distinctive areas, life cycle inventory research and sustainability research. Environmental Clarity has one of the largest chemical life cycle databases. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Chemical Engineering. He has served as the Sam Bloomfield Chair in Sustainable Engineered Systems at Wichita State University

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Elizabeth Pawlowski, Patient Care Manager - Operating Room, PACU, Ambulatory Procedures Unit, Endoscopy Suite, Ambulatory Clinics, Halton Healthcare – Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

Elizabeth Pawlowski is currently patient care manager at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in Oakville, Ontario, currently managing the Operating Room, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Ambulatory Procedures Unit, GI suite, and the Medical Surgical Clinics. Previous to this position, Elizabeth has held various management positions within Oakville Trafalgar Memorial hospital within both the surgical and medicine programs. Prior to this she was a Case Manager with the Heart and Vascular Program at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, and an Operating Room nurse at Hamilton General Hospital. Elizabeth obtained her Masters of Health Studies degree from Athabasca University and has completed two undergraduate degrees from McMaster University – Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree and Honours Science degree in BioMath.

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Barbara Omoth, Faculty, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, School of Nursing

After graduating from her Diploma of Nursing from the Wascana Institute of Applied Arts & Sciences in 1976, Barbara completed her Registered Nurse exams the same year. Highlights of formal course work since that time include a Critical Care Course in 1986 and Operating Nurse Technician Course in 1989. She has been an ongoing member of the Saskatchewan Operating Room Nursing Group (SORNG) since 1990. Almost 30 years in a variety of nursing and OR positions culminated in 2005 when she became the Manager of the OR for the Regina General Hospital. Since 2011, she has been Faculty at Saskatchewan Polytechnic focusing on clinical practice for the Perioperative Nursing Program in Regina.

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Erin Robertson, RN, BScN, MN, CPN(C)

Erin Robertson BScN, MN, CPN(C), RN, is the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for Perioperative Services at Sinai Health System in Toronto. In February 2018 she was seconded to Information Services (IS) as the Business Lead/Subject Matter Expert to assist with the assessment, planning, development and implementation of the new Perioperative Clinical Information System.    Erin is an active member of the Operating Room Nurses of Greater Toronto (ORNGT) and she is currently the CoChair of the 2019 ORNAC Standards Committee.     Erin is passionate about education and standards, ensuring that perioperative Registered Nurses remain patient and family focused, and demonstrating why Registered Nurses must continue to practice in the operating room.

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Meissa Swartzack, BScN, RN, CPN (c), ORNANS, NSHA

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Aline Ttizian, Clinical Support Nurse for General Surgery, Urology and Gynecology, Hospital for Sick Children

Aline Titizian, RN, BScN, CPN(c) is the Clinical Support Nurse (CSN) for General Surgery, Urology and Gynecology in the operating room at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. She has been an OR nurse for over 20 years and has held various positions in the OR as a staff nurse, Practice Leader, and Advanced Nursing Practice Educator. Aline has been a leader in the implementation of the Surgical Safety Checklist across surgical services. She is passionate about reducing surgical site infections (SSIs), and has been involved in numerous SSI initiatives. Aline was a champion for hand hygiene (HH) in the OR, providing education, promoting compliance, and evaluating HH practices. Of recent, she has collaborated with NSQIP leaders to implement the clean closure protocol among high risk general surgery patients for SSIs.

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Tanya Vandale, BScN RN CPN, ORNANS, IWK Health Centre

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Michael J. Villeneuve, RN MSc Chief Executive OfficerMichael Villeneuve

With four decades of progressive experience, Mike has participated in health care delivery as a nursing attendant, staff RN, nurse-in-charge in a remote First Nation, clinical instructor, clinical nurse specialist, manager, researcher, lecturer, consultant, author and administrator. As CEO, he leads CNA’s operations which include 139,000 members across all 13 Canadian provinces and territories and the headquarters team in Ottawa. In his role, he is leading implementation of a forward-leaning vision for professional nursing in Canada and the services needed in the future at CNA to support that transformation.

Mike is a member of the editorial board for the Sage journal, Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice and serves on numerous other boards, national committees and task forces. He is an adjunct lecturer at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto.

Since 2000, Mike has held teaching, executive and consulting roles with Canada’s federal Office of Nursing Policy, OECD in Paris, Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses, CNA and its National Expert Commission, and the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. From 2012 to 2017, Mike led his own consultancy in health policy analysis, research, strategy and communication, serving governments, professional associations, unions, and universities across Canada and internationally. Earlier in his career, he was a clinician, educator and then manager in the Neuro ICU and Neuro/Trauma units at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.

One of three authors of CNA’s centennial history book (2013), Mike also is author of Public Policy and Canadian Nursing: Lessons from the Field, the first Canadian text focused on nursing and public policy (2017). Mike lives in rural Eastern Ontario where he is proud to serve as chair of the Board Directors at Winchester District Memorial Hospital—one of Ontario’s highest-performing small community hospitals.

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Kristen Webb, Clinical Educator, London Health Sciences Centre

Kristen graduated from the University of New Brunswick/Humber College Collaborative Nursing Program with a Bachelor of Nursing in 2007. After working in psychiatry for 5 years at London Health Sciences Centre Kristen completed the Perioperative Care course in 2010 from Humber College. In 2011 Kristen began working in the Operating Room. In 2015 Kristen became the Clinical Educator for the Operating Room. Kristen is currently working on her Master of Nursing from Athabasca University and is one course away from completion

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