The Interview

Conversations with Nurses on the Frontline

The Interview: Conversations with Nurses on the Frontline 

Welcome to The Interview! We know you will enjoy this series of interviews with grassroots nurses from across the country on a whole host of topics. Here, nurses share their reflections on their practice: what nursing means to them; what is unique about their practice; what it is like to practice in the contemporary context of healthcare; and what new graduates need to move through a healthy professional role transition and evolve into grassroots leaders. Interviews of students, new graduate and practicing nurses from all clinical backgrounds and experiences can be found here.

Our Latest Episode

Shaping the Future of Healthcare: Voices from the Frontline

Trace Hobson brings over 25 years of executive leadership and coaching expertise to the healthcare sector, specializing in creating resilient, psychologically safe environments for healthcare teams facing high stress and pressure. A professionally credentialed coach with the International Coaching Federation, Trace's unique journey through personal and professional high-stress situations has shaped his mission, which is to create a world where clinical leaders, managers and educators are inspired by their work, create a safe space with their team, and go home fulfilled and energized by their work. 

Jon Schmid is a Canadian health systems expert, experienced executive leader, nurse, educator, improvement consultant and Veteran leading transformation and Innovation in healthcare. Jon holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, an Advanced Certificate in Critical Care, and a Master of Science in Healthcare Quality. Jon has a decade of clinical practice experience in emergency, ICU, flight, and military nursing. He’s led clinical operations in eleven Canadian hospitals across Saskatchewan and British Columbia and is the founder of Role 4 Solutions where he consults internationally in healthcare management, patient safety, and process improvement.

Victoria Schmid is the first CEO of SWITCH BC (Safety, Well-being, Innovation, Training, and Collaboration in Healthcare). SWITCH BC was created to represent unions, employers, Doctors of BC, the Ministry of Health, and WorkSafeBC as a collaborative force for change. Its mandate is to support the health, safety and well-being of the over 330,000 people who work in healthcare in BC. Victoria has a Master of Health Studies and Leadership and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition.

Judy Duchscher is an internationally renowned expert in the transition of newly graduated nurses to professional practice. Judy has developed a theory of the Stages of Transition © and a model of Transition Shock ©, intended to serve as a framework for successfully orientating, transitioning, integrating and ten stabilizing the initial professional role transition of students to new graduates. Utiizing her non-profit platform (https://www.nursingthefuture.ca) Judy invites all nurses to educate themselves on the challenges and mitigating support factors that provide our newest practitioners with what they need to be resilient, empowered and compassionate professionals.

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Episode List

Episode 12:  Shaping the Future of Healthcare: Voices from the Frontline
Participants

Trace Hobson brings over 25 years of executive leadership and coaching expertise to the healthcare sector, specializing in creating resilient, psychologically safe environments for healthcare teams facing high stress and pressure. A professionally credentialed coach with the International Coaching Federation, Trace's unique journey through personal and professional high-stress situations has shaped his mission, which is to create a world where clinical leaders, managers and educators are inspired by their work, create a safe space with their team, and go home fulfilled and energized by their work.

Jon Schmid is a Canadian health systems expert, experienced executive leader, nurse, educator, improvement consultant and Veteran leading transformation and Innovation in healthcare. Jon holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, an Advanced Certificate in Critical Care, and a Master of Science in Healthcare Quality. Jon has a decade of clinical practice experience in emergency, ICU, flight, and military nursing. He’s led clinical operations in eleven Canadian hospitals across Saskatchewan and British Columbia and is the founder of Role 4 Solutions where he consults internationally in healthcare management, patient safety, and process improvement.

Victoria Schmid is the first CEO of SWITCH BC (Safety, Well-being, Innovation, Training, and Collaboration in Healthcare). SWITCH BC was created to represent unions, employers, Doctors of BC, the Ministry of Health, and WorkSafeBC as a collaborative force for change. Its mandate is to support the health, safety and well-being of the over 330,000 people who work in healthcare in BC. Victoria has a Master of Health Studies and Leadership and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition.

Judy Duchscher is an internationally renowned expert in the transition of newly graduated nurses to professional practice. Judy has developed a theory of the Stages of Transition © and a model of Transition Shock ©, intended to serve as a framework for successfully orientating, transitioning, integrating and ten stabilizing the initial professional role transition of students to new graduates. Utiizing her non-profit platform (https://www.nursingthefuture.ca) Judy invites all nurses to educate themselves on the challenges and mitigating support factors that provide our newest practitioners with what they need to be resilient, empowered and compassionate professionals.
Episode 11:  Sarah Mohamed: Understanding Professional Role Transition
Host
Ivy Wang & Farah Elgaweesh

Participants
Sarah Mohamed

In this Guest Interview, nursing students Ivy Wang and Farah Elgaweesh interview the newly graduated Sarah Mohamed on understanding Professional Role Transition, navigating new graduate supports and exploring leadership as both students and emerging professionals.
Episode 10:  Bonnie Clipper: Virtual Nursing - The Future of Healthcare Delivery
Host
Judy Duchscher RN, BScN, MN, PhD
Director - Nursing The Future

Participants
Bonnie Clipper - Expert in Virtual Nursing

In this episode, Dr. Duchscher talks with Dr. Clipper about ‘virtual nursing’ - what it is, what it is not, how virtual nursing can we utilized to assist with staffing shortages, and what we can expect in the future from AI approaches to nursing practice.
Episode 9: Wendy McKenzie, MMM, CD, RN, BSN, MSN, EdD, CNN(C) (Kamloops, BC)
Host
Michelle Lamont, RN, BScN, MScN student
Nursing The Future™

Participants
Wendy McKenzie, MMM, CD, RN, BSN, MSN, EdD, CNN(C)
Coordinator of the Nursing Resource and Simulation Center
Thompson Rivers University
Kamloops, BC

In this episode of the interview, Michelle Lamont speaks with Dr. Wendy McKenzie about her journey as an educator leading international practicums with nursing students.
Episode 8: Kathryn Corneau, RN, BScN, MN (C) (Kamloops, BC) and Julia Burke, LPN (Red Deer, AB)
Host
Michelle Lamont, RN, BScN, MScN student
Nursing The Future™

Participants
Kathryn Corneau, RN, BScN, MN (C) and Julia Burke, Newly Graduated Practical Nurse

In this episode of the interview, Michelle Lamont speaks with Julia Burke, a newly graduated practical nurse and Kathryn Corneau, a registered nurse and master’s student. Kate and Julia share some of their experiences travelling within their provinces to complete practicums while in nursing school.
Episode 7 : Sarah M RN, BScN (Ottawa, ON)
Host
Michelle Lamont, RN, BScN, MScN student
Nursing The Future™

Participants
Sarah M., Francophone new graduate
School of Nursing
University of Ottawa
Ontario

In this episode of the interview, Michelle Lamont speaks with Sarah, a francophone new graduate nurse. Sarah shares some of her personal bedside experiences and explains the importance of having bilingual nursing care available to serve the linguistic francophone minority in Ontario.
Episode 6: Gisèle Thibodeau, BScN, RN (Burridge, NS)
Host
Anna Offiah, RN, BScN, MN(c)
Nursing The Future™

Participants
Gisèle Thibodeau, BScN, RN
Faculty - Practical Nursing Program
School of Health & Human Services, Nova Scotia Community College, Burridge Campus
Nova Scotia

In this episode of the Interview, Anna Offiah talks with Gisèle Thibodeau about the panic when the shut down was announced in March, and the resulting ingenuity of nurse educators to ensure their students were successful!
Episode 5: Victor Ejike, Nursing Student (Regina, SK)
Host
Anna Offiah, RN, BScN, MN(c)
Nursing The Future™

Participants
Victor Ejike, Nursing student
Year one Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing student
Regina, SK

In this interview Anna Offiah sits down with Victor Ejike, a first year nursing student. Victor talks about how George Floyd relates to his experiences here in Regina, and ways that nursing teachers can make the classroom safe for culturally diverse students!
Episode 4: Lionel Tancrede, RN, BScN, MN (Regina, SK)
Host
Anna Offiah, RN, BScN, MN(c)
Nursing The Future™

Participants
Lionel Tancrede, RN, BScN, MN | Faculty - College of Nursing
Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN)
SaskPolyTech, Regina, SK

In this episode, Anna Offiah talks to Lionel Tancrede about diversity and inclusion in nursing. Lionel shares his experiences and what he thinks new grads need to know!
Episode 3: Jodi Kerr, RN, BScN, Regina General Hospital
Host
Anna Offiah, RN, BScN, MN(c)
Nursing The Future™

Participants
Jodi Kerr, RN, BScN
Direct Care Manager, 5A Neurosciences
Regina General Hospital

Jodi is the manager of Neurosciences at the Regina General Hospital and is a mentor to students and new grads. Listen to her approach to staff health and wellness!
Episode 2: Madison Cook RN, BScN (Vernon, BC) and Robyn McDonald RN, BScN (Kamloops, BC)
Host
Anna Offiah, RN, BScN, MN(c)
Nursing The Future™

Participants
Madison Cook and Robyn MacDonald, new graduates in British Columbia, talk about their transition to nursing practice and how the pandemic has affected their lives.

Madison Cook RN, BScN
Direct Care Nurse
Medical Telemetry
Vernon Jubilee Hospital

Robyn McDonald RN, BScN
Direct Care Nurse
Royal Inland Hospital
Surgical Inpatient Unit
Episode 1: Hanifa Adams RN, BScN (Regina, SK)
Host
Anna Offiah, RN, BScN, MN(c)
Nursing The Future™

Participant
Hanifa Adams, RN, BScN
Casual New Graduate Nurse
Regina, Saskatchewan

On this episode we feature the experiences of Hanifa Adams, a new graduate working in Regina, Saskatchewan. Hanifa shares her thoughts about transition, NCLEX and why she chose nursing.

Apply to Be Featured

The Interview is a place to share your reflections on nursing; what nursing means to you, what is unique about your work, and how you support new graduates. Nurses working within all clinical backgrounds and experiences are welcomed into this space, including students and new graduates. Your involvement would include a synchronous virtual (Zoom or comparable visual platform) 20-25 minute interview with an NTF Facilitator. Guiding themes will be provided to you ahead of time, but your heartfelt and spontaneous insights are what we really want. In the end, you will have an opportunity to take the discussion wherever it leads you!

We believe that your insights and reflections are essential to nursing and new graduates 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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