About Us


This overview outlines the historical framework of Nursing The Future (NTF) from 2004-2014/2020>, offering insights into the state of new graduate transition challenges and identifying how NTF has evolved over time.
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To provide a platform of educational and professional workplace support strategies for newly graduated practical, psychiatric and registered nurses making their initial transition into practice.


To optimize cohesive and collaborative relationships amongst all nursing and healthcare professionals in support of a healthy transition to the workplace for newly graduated practical, psychiatric and registered nurses.


To create a professional nursing and healthcare culture that is supportive of all newly practicing nurses
To build a cohesive and collegial nursing culture that supports, encourages and advances all of its members and the profession
To develop, evolve, nurture and sustain the professional networking and leadership capacity of newly graduated nurses
To collaborate with regional, provincial, national and international Nursing and allied healthcare leaders to develop a vision for, and implement positive change within nursing now and in the future
To provide resources that support and build capacity within the nursing workforce
To provide a platform for information sharing and knowledge translation related to new graduate transition to professional practice

Our Team

Dr. Judy Boychuk Duchscher RN, BScN, MN, PhD

Director, Nursing The Future™
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After graduating with a diploma in nursing in 1979, Dr. Duchscher’s early career was focused on developing expertise as a direct care nurse, researcher, leader and educator in cardiothoracic and high acuity contexts. Instrumental to her early development was a 10-year tenure developing and coordinating heart, lung and multi-organ donor transplant teams across Canada and the United States. Judy’s commitment to advanced education can be seen in her acquisition of a Post-Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care Nursing from the University of Manitoba, a Diploma in Cardiovascular Nursing from Stanford University in California, a Clinical Transplant Coordinator Diploma from John’s Hopkins in Baltimore, Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certification through the American Association of Critical Care Nursing, a Post-RN Baccalaureate and Master’s degree in nursing from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD from the University of Alberta. Dr. Duchscher holds Associate and Adjunct Faculty positions with the University of Saskatchewan, University of Alberta, University of Hawaii and the University of Western Sydney in Australia. 

For the past 23 years Dr. Duchscher has been an active researcher and consultant in the area of new graduate professional role transition – work for which she has received over 32 national and international grants, awards and scholarships. The findings of her research have generated a theory of Transition Shock and a model of the Stages of Transition resulting in the publication of more than 18 peer-reviewed articles, 2 books, 9 book chapters and the delivery of over 300 keynotes and workshops throughout Canada, the United States, Australia and Asia on the topic of new nurse integration. Dr. Duchscher founded and acted as the Executive Director of a federally registered non-profit nursing organization entitled Nursing The Future (NTF) that served as a bridge between the ideals taught in undergraduate nursing education and the realities of the ‘real’ world of professional practice. 

As an Associate Professor of Nursing at Thompson Rivers University and an international expert in the area of new nurse transition, Dr. Duchscher maintains that “it is the vision, creativity and passionate commitment of these young professionals, supported by the expert knowledge and practice experience of their senior mentors that will drive nursing and healthcare forward”.
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Kathryn Corneau RN, BScN, MN(C)

Nursing The Future Project Team
LEAD - Speaker Series/Regional Resources
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Kathryn Corneau is a graduate of the School of Nursing at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. She lives and works in Kamloops and is completing her Master of Nursing at TRU. Her graduate research is focused on emerging instructional technologies as they are experienced by undergraduate students pivoting to online classrooms. She is passionate about the education of nurses, both in clinical and classroom settings. Her involvement in undergraduate education as a graduate student and teaching intern has cemented her goals of supporting new nurses through evidence-informed approaches.

Kathryn has experience working and living in rural and remote communities and considers this the foundation of her equity-based views of nursing. She has participated in numerous workplace transitions and repeatedly embraces the opportunity of advocacy through leadership that nursing provides.

Kathryn believes herself to be acutely aware of the current barriers facing New Graduate Nurses as they transition to practice through her own participation in COVID ward nursing. She considers this partnership with the Canadian Nurses Association and the Canadian Nurses Foundation as a worthy investment in the future of this indispensable professional body. In whatever format the future of healthcare occurs, she considers nurses integral to the development and delivery of meaningful care for the benefit of all Canadians.

Kathryn has worked with Dr. Boychuk-Duchscher previously and considers the opportunity to participate in this project a distinct honour.

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Nursing The Future™ acknowledges that nurses across this country live, work and play on the lands of our Indigenous Ancestors and we join our members in expressing respectful gratitude for this privilege.
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