Welcome to NTF Live

NTFLive is a grassroots approach to building connection amongst nurses. Monthly speaker-facilitated synchronous sessions will be delivered through Zoom, featuring a balanced content that resonates with nursing students, new graduates, direct care nurses, educators, and nursing leaders. The focus of these sessions will be to connect various demographics within the nursing profession to build community and a shared understanding of the challenges faced by the profession.

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Previous Events

The Resilient Nurse
One of the greatest gifts professionals in nursing can share with their patients and colleagues is a sense of their own resilience and a healthy perspective. However, they cannot share what they do not have. NTF is privileged to host 3 esteemed scholars who will invite us on a journey of awareness into the secondary stress experienced by nurses in the workplace and their strategies to mitigate this stress. Dr. Robert Wicks who currently resides in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the author of over 60 books with best sellers that include Riding the Dragon, The Resilient Clinician (2ndEd with Mary Beth Werdel), Bounce: Living the Resilient Life (2nd Ed), Night Call: Embracing Compassion and Hope in a Troubled World and Perspective: The Calm within the Storm. Dr. Wicks received the first annual Alumni Award for Excellence in Professional Psychology from Widener University and is the recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Counseling Association’s Division on Spirituality, Ethics and Religious Values. Dr. Gloria Donnelly earned a BSN from Villanova University, an MSN from the University of Pennsylvania with an emphasis in psychiatric nursing, and a Ph.D. in Human Development from Bryn Mawr College. Dr. Donnelly has been the Editor in Chief of Holistic Nursing Practice for the past 45 years, is the author of seven books and the winner of two American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year awards. Dr. Donnelly is Dean and Professor Emerita at the College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University, Philadelphia (2000-2017) and recently teamed up with Dr. Wicks to co-author the second edition of Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice. This contemporary publication offers insights into how nursing and other health care professionals can extend their presence to others without losing their own inner fire in the process. Lia Sanzone is an Associate Professor at McGill University in Montreal, and Director of both the BScN Nursing Program and the Nursing Peer Mentorship Program. Professor Sanzone developed the Nightingale Fellows Program where graduating students are mentored by workplace clinicians who help them understand the challenges of the workplace and develop strategies of resilience. Since 2021, she has been mentoring clinical partners within institutional transition to practice programs to help them support nurses transitioning to their professional roles with the intent to increase retention.

This NTFLive event will feature discussions on the psychological dangers experienced by nurses in the workplace; the 4 types of friends needed in one’s interpersonal network to navigate life’s stress; suggestions on developing a self-care protocol; insight into the concept of post-traumatic growth; and the and the importance of matching personality style to stress management strategies.
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Optimizing Workplace Mental Health for Nurses
This event took place on January 24th 2024.
Featuring Linda Silas, Rebecca Titus, Dr. Nicholas Carleton, & Dr. Margaret McKinnon
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Travel Nursing in Canada with John Tablason
John Tablason is an RN working as a travel nurse throughout Canada, in particular, in Canada’s north. In this session, JT gave us an inside scoop on what travel nursing is, why and how to become a travel nurse, and what the requirements are. With his expertise and knowledge, JT discussed the steps to take to make your travel dreams come true – without forcing you to leave your nursing career or to give up your income.
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Coping with Stress as a New Graduate with Kym Ali (MSN RN)

In this event, Kym Ali, who’s practice is embedded in ensuring the wellness of nursing personnel, discussed tips and tricks to combating stress and increasing self care while transitioning into nursing practice.

Topics covered:

  • Stress: What it is and what are the physiological effects
  • Planning: Balancing SMART goals, expectations, commitments, sacrifices, and adapting new behaviours
  • Time Management: What do you have in your toolbox? How can you best utilize calendars, personal time blocks, studying, and your work schedule?
  • Mental Wellness: What’s your approach and what are your strategies?
  • Physical Wellness: How are you committing to yourself?
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The Essentials YOU Need to Know About the NCLEX 2.0 with Shelly Luhning (RN BSN MN ENC(C) CCNE)
In part two of our series with NCLEX Education, Shelly Luhning hosted an open Q&A forum regarding the NCLEX-RN. We also reviewed, dissected, and answered NCLEX-style questions, including reviewing rationales for correct and incorrect answers.
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CNA Certification Program with Marie Marques (RN BA MPA)
Marie Marques (RN BA MPA) joined us to discuss the Canadian Nurses’ Association (CNA) certification program. CNA's certification program consists of 22 specialty programs and is nationally recognized as a professional standard. In this CONNECT, we discussed:

- What areas of practice you can attain certification in

- Eligibility requirements

- Certification and renewal process

- The importance and benefits of certification

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Everything You Need to Know About the CPNRE 2.0
Dr Chris Beauchamp joins us again for a second go-around on all things CPNRE. Dr Chris Beauchamp has 12 years of CPNRE experiential knowledge, including developing and reviewing questions, settings standards,
developing competencies, and creating the examination blueprint. In this session, we discussed:
- What types of questions are on the CPNRE,
- How and when to begin studying, and
- How the CPNRE questions are developed
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NCLEX Success: How do I prepare and How Can UWorld Help?
Thank you to Emily Giddings (MSN, RN, CCRN, CNE), who guided us on a discussion on preparing for the NCLEX-RN. Emily brought her experience as an ICU nurse and nurse educator to this CONNECT session and shared with us her passion for nursing! In this CONNECT session, we reviewed:
- The goal of the exam and how the NCSBN decides what to test on the NCLEX,
- Evidence-based methods to preparing for exam success, and
- NCLEX-style questions and the rationales for the correct and incorrect answers
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Transitioning To Professional Practice
Britney De Palma and Naomi Martin, two third-year BSN students from Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops, BC) discussed issues related to transition from school to the workplace. What does it mean to become a nurse and what is the process like? In this CONNECT, we discussed:
- Dr Judy Duchscher’s Transition Shock model and the Stages of Transition theory
- The stages of Transition Shock
- Need to know tips and tricks
- Challenges that may arise for new graduates during their transition to the workplace
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NCLEX RN: The Essentials You Need to Know
This session took a deep dive into the exam itself – how the exam is structured, how to pass, and the types of questions on the exam. Study approaches, strategies, and tips for the exam itself were also shared.

COMPLETED Objectives:

- Reviewed the exam process and blueprint
- Analyzed the types of NCLEX questions
- Discussed tips for taking the NCLEX exam
- Shared NCLEX study strategies

Registration for CONNECT is FREE and limited to students and new graduates. For future CONNECT sessions we welcome all students, newly graduated nurses (<12 months of practice) and recently graduated nurses (1-2 years of practice) to join and share their ideas, concerns, challenges, and successes around transitioning into practice.
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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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