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

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 Thompson Rivers University, the University of Saskatchewan, University of Alberta, University of Hawaii and the University of Western Sydney in Australia.

For the past 25 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 33 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 22 peer-reviewed articles, 2 books, 10 book chapters and the delivery of over 350 keynotes and workshops throughout Canada, the United States, Australia and Asia on the topic of new nurse integration. Dr. Duchscher founded and currently acts as the Director of a NFP nursing organization entitled Nursing The Future (NTF) that serves as a bridge between the ideals taught in undergraduate nursing education and the realities of the ‘real’ world of professional practice.
Dr. Duchscher’s current professional roles include Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing at Thompson Rivers University, Director of Nursing the Future, and Principal Investigator on a Health Canada/Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) grant (2023-2027) to evaluate the National Nurse Residency program in Canada.

As 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

Program Coordinator
Nursing The Future™
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Kathryn Corneau is a graduate of the School of Nursing at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC where she lives and works. Her graduate mixed-method research focused on emerging instructional technologies as experienced by undergraduate students pivoting to online classrooms settings. Kate has worked with Dr. Duchscher in various teaching, research and program development roles and is an emerging scholar in the field of professional role transition in nursing. Once again teaming up with Dr. Duchscher and other prominent researchers across Canada, Kathryn serves as the Research Coordinator on a CASN/Health Canada Grant to evaluate a National Nurse Residency Program in Canada (2023-2027).

Kathryn is passionate about increasing connection amongst nurses, and highly regards authenticity and vulnerability in the professional setting. Kathryn has experienced living and working in rural and remote communities and considers this to have strongly influenced her professional lens. She has participated in numerous workplace transitions and advocates for the value of knowledge shared by direct-care nurses within such large-scale institutional projects.

Kathryn was a part of the leadership team of NTF during the pandemic phase of COVID-19 and is eager to return in the role of Program Coordinator. Her goals in this role include growing the reach and impact of NTF and expanding connections within the profession to understand and respond to diverse needs amongst nurses in Canada.
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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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