National Portfolios



National Leadership Registrar

Carlena Scriven's motivation to be involved in developing supports for new graduates began when she explored the topic of transition as a fourth year nursing student, writing two separate essays on the topic. Prior to graduating from her undergraduate nursing program September 2006, Carlena's community building and entrepreneurial tendencies were already active as she contributed to the initiation and development of SWITCH (Students with Initiative Toward Community Health). This innovative program now acts as a bridge between undergraduate nursing education and the needs of the healthcare community. Carlena's leadership was developed during her tenure with the SNSS as a 3rd Year Class Representative. Further to this, Carlena enjoys volunteering her time in worthwhile community philanthropic events such as the Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Amongst other scholarships and bursaries, Carlena was awarded theRoyal University Hospital Auxillary Scholarship and the University of Saskatchewan Health Science Bursary in recognition of her leadership, volunteerism, academic achievement and clinical excellence. Graduating with Distinction, this scholar had accepted a position with both Pediatrics and Obstetric in Prince Albert. Carlena had worked with NTF as the Chapter Coordinator for the Prince Albert Health Region and had embedded herself in this community. Last year, Carlena has accepted an additional role asNational Leadership Registrar which has become her primary role within NTF.  Recently, Carlena moved to Dalmeny and accepted a position at the Royal University Hospital on the Acute Care Pediatric Ward.


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Professional Development Coordinator

Christina Cossette received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008. Upon proving academic excellence, Christina was one of forty-one national scholars to receive the Garfield Weston Merit Scholarship for Colleges in 2004. Christina's employment history has complemented her academic career, giving her experience as a personal care aide at a rural long-term care facility, as well as an Undergraduate Nurse on a medical ward. Her formal leadership experience grew as she championed a pilot safety project within Calgary Health Region. She is presently employed as Registered Nurse in Neurology. Christina's outgoing personality, passion for nursing, and eagerness to support nursing students fits well with her role as NTF's Professional Development Co-coordinator.

Chief Editor/E-Newsletter Coordinator


Even as a child, Lindsey White sensed intuitively that nursing was her destiny. With her lifelong dream in mind, Lindsey White pursued a degree in nursing immediately after high school. As an undergraduate student, Lindsey’s leadership skills were galvanized in a variety of roles with the Nursing Undergraduate Association (NUA) at the University of  Alberta, and further developed with her extensive involvement in the NUA’s Mentorship Program. A willing and dedicated volunteer at the University, Lindsey used her abilities to support and encourage first year nursing students. After receiving her BScN in 2007 from the University of Alberta’s Accelerated Nursing Program, this scholar accepted a full time position in the Level 3 Operating Room at the University of Alberta Hospital. After three years of dedicating her energy and talents to pioneering the NTF Edmonton Chapter, Lindsey now will be fulfilling the National Portfolio of Chief Editor for the NTF e-Newsletter. With her passion for leadership in mind, Lindsey looks forward to supporting the newest generation of nursing graduates and continues her involvement with NTF nationally and locally within Edmonton.

Social Networking Coordinator


Angela Espejo is a 2010 nursing graduate of the University of Alberta. After completing her degree, Angela nursed in Halifax, Nova Scotia to kick off her nursing career and discover a new region of Canada! Angela's professional interests include leadership, informatics, transition, and technology. Angela has lengthy history of leadership roles including St. Joseph’s College of the U of A, the Students’ Union, the Nursing Undergraduate Association (NUA), and the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association (CNSA). As past-President of the NUA and a former Official Delegate of the CNSA, Angela has enjoyed incredible opportunities to explore nursing advocacy including Global Citizenship studies in Ghana, caring for children with physical and mental disabilities, and helping people to live with cancer.

In the future, Angela looks forward to pursuing more education, perhaps in healthcare administration or informatics.