28
th

ORNAC
National
conference

Passionate about Our Practice,
Fortified by Our Standards

Passionnées de notre pratique,
enrichies par nos normes

Conférenciers 2023

Alex Bogle

Alex Bogle

Alexandre Mignault

Alexandre Mignault

Amanda Kim

Amanda Kim

Chelsey Ratcliffe

Chelsey Ratcliffe

Dominique Rheaume

Dominique Rheaume

Dr Meggie Raymond

Dr Meggie Raymond

Eli Ahlquist

Eli Ahlquist

Erin Robertson

Erin Robertson

Heather Harrison

Heather Harrison

Heather Lanouette

Heather Lanouette

Hugues Jeanmart

Hugues Jeanmart

Irene Harder

Irene Harder

Jenna Reinhart

Jenna Reinhart

Jim Gauthier

Jim Gauthier

Keegan Hillier

Keegan Hillier

Kelly Kapp

Kelly Kapp

Laura Sinisterra

Laura Sinisterra

Leah Lowe

Leah Lowe

May Karam

May Karam

Nathalie Gould

Nathalie Gould

Penny Smalley

Penny Smalley

Samia Durand-Markhi

Samia Durand-Markhi

Sarah Monfils

Sarah Monfils

Sharon Hollet

Sharon Hollet

Sheila Early

Sheila Early

Tanya Vandale

Tanya Vandale

Biography

CATHLEEN CLARKE (BSN, RN, CPNc)

Cathleen has worked in the Operating Room since graduating for the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan in 1992.Sweeping layoffs in nursing at that time meant that the toilets scrubbed as a housekeeper while earning her degree continued to be expertly polished by a licensed professional for a few more months.
Her first job as an RN took her to the OR in Williston, North Dakota. Then she moved on to Denver, Calgary, Yellowknife, Edmonton and finally Inuvik, a little slice of heaven! Cathleen did 2 medical assistance trips to Ecuador (2017, 2018).
All of her clinical jobs were in the Operating Room, where she wore various hats. Over the years she has worked in 11 hospitals and ORNAC standards have been her faithful companion.

Biography

May Karam (BSN, RN, CNOR)

May Karam (BSN, RN, CNOR) is specialized in perioperative nursing care since 30 years. She worked 3 years in an open heart surgery OR and two years in a Central Sterile Supply Department. Now she works night shift in an operating theater of a public hospital near Paris where they perform orthopedic surgery, traumatology, gynecology, abdominal surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery.

May studied risk management and health security in healthcare facilities, and is associate editor of the French Journal for Operating Room Nurses “Interbloc” (edited by Elsevier). She is the outgoing president of the European Operating Room Nurses Association (EORNA), 2015 – 2022. May is the co Chair of the Surgical Smoke Coalition, a panEuropean initiative to bring awareness about the hazards of the surgical smokes in ORs.

Biography

Dr Amanda Kim

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Doctor of Medicine, Dalhousie University

Dr Amanda Kim has been a practising obstetrician/gynecologist for over 15 years in Edmonton, Alberta.  She originally grew up in Toronto, Ontario but has lived throughout Canada while pursuing her education.  She completed her medical degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.  She has joined the department of Women's Health at the Misericordia Hospital after completing her training. She is now Facility Chief of Women's Health since 2020.  She has two children in university and is adjusting to life as an empty nester.

Biography

Heather Lanouette

I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta in April 2011. My love of perioperative nursing began during my final clinical placement of my degree in the Operating Room. This led me to complete my post-degree Perioperative Course from Grant MacEwan University in December 2011. I obtained my Perioperative Certification from CNA in 2016. I have worked as a Staff Nurse in the Operating Room at the Misericordia since May 2011 and was temporary Clinical Nurse Educator from June 2021 to October 2022. I have been a member of the NCORNA Executive board since September 2012 and the ORNAA Executive Board since June 2021, working to promote perioperative education in Alberta. 

Biography

Sheila Early R.N, B.Sc.N.

Sheila has five decades of experience in health care. Her nursing background includes Obstetrics, Emergency Nursing, Elder care, and Forensic Nursing.  

Currently, she is a Forensic Nurse Educator/Consultant in British Columbia and has provided forensic nursing education provincially, nationally and internationally. Sheila co developed B.C.’s first sexual assault nurse examiner program at Surrey Memorial Hospital in 1992, developed the first Canadian Forensic Health Sciences undergraduate certificate in 2006 and co -developed the first FHS Graduate Certificate in 2018 at British Columbia Institute of Technology.  

Sheila was elected President of the International Association of Forensic Nurses in. 2014, the first non-USA President.  She is currently President of the Canadian Forensic Nurses Association which she co-founded in 2006.

 

She has authored or co -authored book chapters relating to forensic nursing, legal issues and journal articles on forensic nursing and other topics. Sheila has been the recipient of local, provincial, national and international awards.

Biography

Penny J. Smalley

Penny J. Smalley, is an independent nurse consultant and certified medical laser safety officer, with a focus on perioperative safety when working with energy based surgical technologies. Her work includes advocacy and consultation on the management of surgical plume, hazard identification and risk assessment, education and training, safety audits for compliance with standards, policy development and documentation in healthcare facilities, and extensive  participation on national and international consensus standards bodies, and has worked as a member and leader of Canadian Standards committees since the writing of the first Laser Safety standard.

She also serves as the Acting Executive Director, for the International Council on Surgical Plume (ICSP) and is a member of the executive committee of the Surgical Plume Alliance in collaboration with the Association for Perioperative Practice in the United Kingdom.

Current appointments include: 

Vice Chair - ANSI Z136.3 (American National Standard - Laser  Safety in Healthcare)

Representative for ACORN to AS/NZ 4173 (Healthcare Laser safety in Australia) (task force for Surgical Plume Evacuation guidelines, Ministry of Health and WorkSafe Australia)

Member of IEC (TC76) Laser Standards (project lead on revision of 60825-TR8)

Canadian delegate to: ISO (TC121-SC6 Surgical Plume)

Chair, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) – Safe Use of Energy Based Medical

Devices (project lead for the merger of laser, plume and electrosurgery standrds)

 Ms. Smalley is listed in Who’s Who in American Nursing, has published numerous articles and text chapters, and has taught concepts in laser technology, managing exposure to surgical plume, and development of standards for safety in healthcare, throughout the world.

Biography

Nathalie Gould

Nathalie Gould est agente de liaison médicale pour 3M, dans la Division des Solutions Médicales, spécialisée dans les solutions chirurgicales. Elle est infirmière autorisée au Nouveau-Brunswick depuis 20 ans. Nathalie a travaillé dans divers domaines du système de santé tout au long de sa carrière, tels que les soins intensifs, intensifs Neuro, le service d’urgence, la périanasthésie, la formation du  personnel en chirurgie et la gestion. Son plus grand intérêt tournait autour du parcours chirurgical du patient et de l’amélioration de cette expérience grâce aux meilleures pratiques, à la recherche et aux normes. Nathalie a une passion pour l’éducation et le soutien des professionnels de la santé, des  patients et de leurs familles, dans l’amélioration de l’expérience chirurgicale, la réduction des mauvais résultats, tels que les ISO, et l’allégement de la pression sur notre système de soins de santé.

Biography

Erin Robertson, RN, BScN (Hons), MN, CPN(C)

Erin Robertson, RN, BScN (Hons), MN, CPN(C) has worked in Perioperative Services, specifically the operating room for over 20 years. Erin is an Advanced Practice Nurse and has held positions as a staff nurse, patient flow coordinator, perioperative subject matter expert for IT and as an educator and a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). Erin is a life-long learner and has completed diplomas in business and nursing, earned both an undergraduate and graduate degree in nursing, is CNA certified and, has taken numerous specialty courses. Erin has served as ORNAC’s Education Director, twice and for the past eight years, been a member of the ORNAC Standards Committee. Erin is passionate about ensuring that perioperative Registered Nurses remain patient and family focused, use evidence to inform practice and work to make sure Perioperative Registered Nurses continue to be an integral part of our patients’ perioperative experience.

Biography

Tanya Vandale

Tanya Vandale graduated from the Dalhousie University School of nursing ( Halifax, NS) with a BScN in 1999. She has been a Perioperative Registered nurse since 2005 and has been employed in the Adult Surgery OR at the IWK Health Centre, Halifax Nova Scotia. She has also held the position of clinical educator for OR/PACU for that program since 2011. Tanya is an active member of both provincial (ORNANS) and national (ORNAC) perioperative nursing associations and is a passionate Perioperative Nurse!

Tanya Vandale RN, BScN, CPN (c)
Perioperative Registered nurse and Clinical leader of Development (CLD)
Adult Surgical Services, IWK Health Centre, Halifax, NS

Biography

May Karam (BSN, RN, CNOR)

May Karam (BSN, RN, CNOR) is specialized in perioperative nursing care since 30 years. She worked 3 years in an open heart surgery OR and two years in a Central Sterile Supply Department. Now she works night shift in an operating theater of a public hospital near Paris where they perform orthopedic surgery, traumatology, gynecology, abdominal surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery.

May studied risk management and health security in healthcare facilities, and is associate editor of the French Journal for Operating Room Nurses “Interbloc” (edited by Elsevier). She is the outgoing president of the European Operating Room Nurses Association (EORNA), 2015 – 2022. May is the co Chair of the Surgical Smoke Coalition, a panEuropean initiative to bring awareness about the hazards of the surgical smokes in ORs.

Biography

Leah Lowe, RN, BN, MN, CPN(C)

Leah graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Lethbridge in 2010. She moved to Ontario, completed the Perioperative Nursing Certificate, and began working in the operating room at Hamilton General Hospital. She moved back to her home province of Saskatchewan and began working at Saskatchewan Polytechnic for the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (SCBScN). In 2016, Leah became faculty for the Perioperative Nursing RN/LPN Program. During the summers, she worked as an operating room travel nurse in British Columbia and Labrador. In 2019, Leah graduated with a Master of Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan. In June 2021, Leah became the Program head for Perioperative Nursing RN/LPN, OHN, and MDRT programs. Leah continues to maintain her skills by working casually at a private surgical clinic in Regina.  Leah has a passion for operating room nursing because it is fast-paced, transformative, and involves collaborative teamwork.

Biography

SAMIA DURAND-MERKHI

Titulaire d’un baccalauréat en mécanique générale, d’un diplôme d’état en soins infirmier français, ainsi que de deux certificats en administration, Samia Durand-Merkhi cumule 30 ans d’expérience professionnelle, dont 25 ans dans le réseau de la santé et des services sociaux.

Arrivée au Québec en 2000, elle a fait du bloc opératoire son champ d’expertise. Sa feuille de route compte de nombreuses contributions à des projets de transformation et de changement de pratiques. Conseillère cadre au sein de l’équipe clinique de la Direction des projets immobiliers majeurs, elle met à profit son expertise dans la réalisation des projets d’agrandissement et modernisation, du bloc opératoire et URDM, de l’Hôpital Santa Cabrini Ospedale ainsi que de l’Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont.

Biography

KELLY KAPP

Kelly Kapp has been a Perioperative Nurse for more than 35 years in the hospital and ambulatory surgery center settings. Kelly provided perioperative nursing services in multiple specialties with a focus in Orthopedic surgical trauma. Kelly coordinated surgical services within a prominent Orthopedic group, serving as a surgical first assistant and supporting pre- and post-op patient care activities. With Kelly’s experience she was able to lead a large orthopedic surgical services program at a level three trauma hospital. Years later, Kelly moved to ambulatory surgery center development and management when she opened multiple ASC’s. Kelly has served in multiple clinical-quality and management roles, and in the past few years have led organizational AORN Periop 101 programs. According to Kelly, teaching has been the most fulfilling role in her career. Kelly’s passion has always been patient safety first, helping to fulfill a patient safe culture.

Biography

SHARON HOLLETT (RN, BN, CPN(C))

Sharon has been a Perioperative RN for 23 years, specializing in cardiac surgery for most of that time. Other favourite areas to work are plastics, orthopedics, thoracic and vascular specialties. Favourite case is anything that is a combo! Sharon also enjoys working with new learners to the OR, especially nurse colleagues with varying backgrounds and skill sets. Having worked in various leadership roles in the OR over the years, Sharon is always actively looking for new challenges and learning opportunities as a leader.

Biography

TANYA VANDALE (RN, BScN, CPN ©)

Tanya graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia with a BScN in Nursing in 1999. Tanya's career has included travel nursing in the US before taking the Perioperative Nursing course in 2005. She has since been employed in the Adult surgery OR at the IWK Health Centre as an OR nurse. She has also held the position of Clinical educator for OR/PACU since 2011. Tanya served as the ORNANS secretary from 2015-2019 and represented Nova Scotia as the ORNAC Director until 2021.

Biography

ALEX BOGLE (RN, BN, BSc, CPN ©)

Alex graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 2019 with a Bachelor of Nursing, and in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science. He has been a Perioperative Nurse for 3 years, and is currently the Spine Resource Nurse at the Saint John Regional Hospital. He began serving as a Board Member of the Kennebecasis Valley Food Basket in 2021. He is passionate about promoting excellence in Perioperative Nursing and working with ORNAC to promote the Perioperative Nursing community.

Biography

SARAH MONFILS

Sarah Monfils has a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from University of Montreal. She continued her studies at University of Montreal in the Perfusion program and went on to successfully complete the Canadian and the American certification exams. Since then, she has been working in Quebec and Ontario hospitals as a clinical perfusionist and has been an active member of the Accreditation, Competencies and Evaluation committee from the Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion since 2017. In addition, she is a Clinical Monitor for the Perfusion program from University of Montreal. She is a forever student, currently enrolled in graduate programs at both HEC in management, and University of Montreal in program evaluation in Public Health. She has also been studying psychology and has been dedicated to improving her communication and interpersonal skills over the years. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and helping the clinical community.

Biography

SHEILA EARLY (R.N, B.Sc.N.)

Sheila has five decades of experience in health care. Her nursing background includes Obstetrics, Emergency Nursing, Elder care, and Forensic Nursing.
Currently, she is a Forensic Nurse Educator/Consultant in British Columbia and has provided forensic nursing education provincially, nationally and internationally. Sheila co developed B.C.’s first sexual assault nurse examiner program at Surrey Memorial Hospital in 1992, developed the first Canadian Forensic Health Sciences undergraduate certificate in 2006 and co -developed the first FHS Graduate Certificate in 2018 at British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Sheila was elected President of the International Association of Forensic Nurses in. 2014, the first non-USA President. She is currently President of the Canadian Forensic Nurses Association which she co-founded in 2006.

She has authored or co -authored book chapters relating to forensic nursing, legal issues and journal articles on forensic nursing and other topics. Sheila has been the recipient of local, provincial, national and international awards.

Biography

PENNY J. SMALLEY

Penny J. Smalley, is an independent nurse consultant and certified medical laser safety officer, with a focus on perioperative safety when working with energy based surgical technologies. Her work includes advocacy and consultation on the management of surgical plume, hazard identification and risk assessment, education and training, safety audits for compliance with standards, policy development and documentation in healthcare facilities, and extensive participation on national and international consensus standards bodies, and has worked as a member and leader of Canadian Standards committees since the writing of the first Laser Safety standard.
She also serves as the Acting Executive Director, for the International Council on Surgical Plume (ICSP) and is a member of the executive committee of the Surgical Plume Alliance in collaboration with the Association for Perioperative Practice in the United Kingdom.
Current appointments include:
Vice Chair - ANSI Z136.3 (American National Standard - Laser Safety in Healthcare)
Representative for ACORN to AS/NZ 4173 (Healthcare Laser safety in Australia) (task force for Surgical Plume Evacuation guidelines, Ministry of Health and WorkSafe Australia)
Member of IEC (TC76) Laser Standards (project lead on revision of 60825-TR8)
Canadian delegate to: ISO (TC121-SC6 Surgical Plume)
Chair, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) – Safe Use of Energy Based Medical
Devices (project lead for the merger of laser, plume and electrosurgery standrds)
Ms. Smalley is listed in Who’s Who in American Nursing, has published numerous articles and text chapters, and has taught concepts in laser technology, managing exposure to surgical plume, and development of standards for safety in healthcare, throughout the world.

Biography

NATHALIE GOULD

Nathalie Gould is a Medical Liaison for 3M, Medical Solutions Division, specializing in surgical solutions.
She has been a registered nurse in the province of New Brunswick for 20 years.
Nathalie has worked in various areas of the healthcare system throughout her career, such as the ICU, Neuro ICU, Emergency Department, Perianesthesia, surgery education, and management. Her greatest interest revolved around the surgical patient journey and improving this experience through best practices, research, and standards.
Nathalie has a passion for educating and supporting health care practitioners, patients, and families, in the enhancement of the surgical experience, the reduction of poor outcomes, such as SSIs, and the alleviation of strain on our health care system.

Biography

May Karam (BSN, RN, CNOR)

May Karam (BSN, RN, CNOR) is specialized in perioperative nursing care since 30 years. She worked 3 years in an open heart surgery OR and two years in a Central Sterile Supply Department. Now she works night shift in an operating theater of a public hospital near Paris where they perform orthopedic surgery, traumatology, gynecology, abdominal surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery.
May studied risk management and health security in healthcare facilities, and is associate editor of the French Journal for Operating Room Nurses “Interbloc” (edited by Elsevier). She is the outgoing president of the European Operating Room Nurses Association (EORNA), 2015 – 2022. May is the co Chair of the Surgical Smoke Coalition, a panEuropean initiative to bring awareness about the hazards of the surgical smokes in ORs.

Biographie

Samia Durand-Merkhi

Titulaire d’un baccalauréat en mécanique générale, d’un diplôme d’état en soins infirmier français, ainsi que de deux certificats en administration, Samia Durand-Merkhi cumule 30 ans d’expérience professionnelle, dont 25 ans dans le réseau de la santé et des services sociaux.

Arrivée au Québec en 2000, elle a fait du bloc opératoire son champ d’expertise. Sa feuille de route compte de nombreuses contributions à des projets de transformation et de changement de pratiques. Conseillère cadre au sein de l’équipe clinique de la Direction des projets immobiliers majeurs, elle met à profit son expertise dans la réalisation des projets d’agrandissement et modernisation, du bloc opératoire et URDM, de l’Hôpital Santa Cabrini Ospedale ainsi que de l’Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont.

Biography

Dr. Eli Ahlquist, RN

Dr. Ahlquist is a doctorally prepared registered nurse from Saskatchewan. He is currently the President & CEO of North West College. The college has two primary campuses and over 21 satellite sites that offer a range of programs that include certificates, diplomas, and degrees in business, education, trades, as well as a full complement of nursing programs. 

Dr. Ahlquist is an experienced perioperative nurse, who practiced in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, prior to transitioning to academia. He initially taught undergraduate nursing at SIAST before becoming a faculty member and, later, the program head for the perioperative programs. Following this, he became an Academic Chair at Saskatchewan Polytechnic for the specialty nursing and dental programs. Prior to joining North West College Dr. Ahlquist was the Dean for the School of Health and Human Services at Keyano College in Alberta.

JOB DESCRIPTION & CREDENTIALS

Dr. Ahlquist, RN: 

President & CEO of North West College. North West College is one of six Saskatchewan colleges tasked with serving the post-secondary educational needs of the Northwest region of Saskatchewan. 

EMT, BScN, Advanced Cert. Periop Nursing, MPA, Graduate Cert. (Online Learning), Cert. MDRT, EdD.

Biography

Christine Erickson

Christine Erickson is a Scientific Affairs and Education Specialist at 3M Canada specializing in Surgical Solutions. She is a Perioperative Registered Nurse with over 25 years of experience.

Christine started her career as a surgical Nurse and quickly realized her passion for Perioperative practice. After working as a Scrub and Circulating Nurse she then moved onto a team lead role within the Operating Room. She spent several years as the Perioperative Educator and Clinical Nurse Specialist promoting improving practice through implementing and teaching best practice standards and in the last seven years as the Perioperative Manager covering SDC, OR and PACU.

She was actively involved in her professional organizations running LORNA (Lakehead Operating Room Nurses Association) as the regional president for over 10 years and continues to support CORL, ORNAO and ORNAC.

Her drive and commitment to promote evidence-based practice and enhance patient outcomes as an advocate for patient care has brought her to continue to strive for excellence within Perioperative practice with 3M.

Biography

Jim Gauthier

Jim is a medical laboratory technologist by training and grew microorganisms in hospital labs for over 17 years. During this time he found his love of infection control, and became board certified in 1990. Jim has worked in, or consulted to: acute care, non-acute care, long term care, medical and dental clinics, schools, industry and public health. Jim joined Diversey as their Senior Clinical Advisor in 2015.

Biography

Dr Hugues Jeanmart

After obtaining his MD from Université Laval (1992-97, Québec, Canada), Dr Jeanmart completed is training in cardiac surgery at the Université de Montréal (1997 – 2003, Montréal, Canada). During this period, he also completed a Master in Biomedical Sciences (1999-2002) on coronary endothelial function. From 2003 to 2005, he was a fellow in minimally invasive cardiac surgery at the OLV Klinik (Aalst, Belgium) with Dr Hugo Vanermen and Dr Frank Van Praet. Before returning to Canada, Dr Jeanmart also completed a second fellowship (2005-06) in complex aortic and mitral valve surgery with Dr Gebrine Elkhoury at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Bruxelles, Belgium).

Since 2006, Dr Jeanmart is working at Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal and Institut de cardiologie de Montréal as a cardiac surgeon. He started the first robotic cardiac surgery program in Québec (for coronary and mitral robotic surgery) using the first Da Vinci generation of surgical robot. Over the years, he performed more than 450 robotic cases and worked with three different generations of Da Vinci surgical robot. His robotic coronary surgery program has become one of the most active in Canada.

Dr Jeanmart is currently the chief of the cardiac surgery department at Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal (2012 - … ) and the director of the cardiac surgery training program at Université de Montréal (2017 - … ).

Biography

Keegan Hillier

Keegan graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland’s School of Nursing with a Bachelor of Nursing in 2015. He immediately began working in the Operating Room as a staff nurse at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s. He received certification in perioperative nursing in 2018 from the Canadian Nursing Association. In 2019, Keegan moved to Western Newfoundland to become the Perioperative Clinical Nurse Educator of Western Memorial Regional Hospital and Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital. Keegan is enthusiastic about education, and a strong advocate for best practice and the ORNAC Standards. This was shown in his development and implementation of a hospital based perioperative nursing course. His devotion to teaching others sparked his interest in introducing game-based learning theory, and other forms of non-conventional learning in perioperative teaching and in-servicing within his region.

Biographie

Alexandre Mignault

M. Mignault détient un diplôme d'études collégiales en soins infirmiers et complète actuellement un DESS en informatique de la santé à l'Université de Sherbrooke. Il a travaillé au bloc opératoire du CHUM pendant près de 15 ans. Ayant débuté son parcours professionnel comme infirmier puis senior de salle en ORL, il a ensuite été assistant-infirmier-chef pendant quelques années. Il a occupé le rôle d'infirmier-chef, volet ressources et équipements au bloc opératoire pendant 4 ans. Son expérience l'a amené à avoir une vue d'ensemble de la gestion de salles d'opération et de l'administration d'un bloc opératoire. Parmi ses réalisations marquantes, notons sa participation active à l'aménagement du bloc opératoire au nouveau CHUM, l'implantation d'un service de SMS peropératoire et l'implantation de la requête opératoire électronique. Il est aujourd’hui gestionnaire de projet au sein du MSSS pour l'implantation des cliniques de COVID longue et de la maladie de Lyme à travers le Québec.

Biography

Heather Harrison RN, BScN, FCP

Heather is a faculty member with the Perioperative Nursing (RN/LPN) program with the School of Nursing at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.  Heather graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, Nursing Education Program (NEPS) with a Bachelor in Science of Nursing in 2004.  She began her nursing career at the Regina General Hospital on various surgical units.  In 2006, Heather made the decision to take the Perioperative Nursing program offered through Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST).  Heather quickly feel in love with perioperative nursing and her passion for the operating room grew.  She furthered her career in the Operating Room as the General Surgery Coordinator and Clinical Nurse Educator.  While in the CNE role Heather assisted with multiple projects including policy/procedure development, staff education, and new staff orientation.  In 2016 Heather decided to expand her teaching portfolio and took a faculty position at Saskatchewan Polytechnic with the Perioperative Nursing Program.

Biography

Stephanie Depledge RN, BScN, MN, MPEd, CPN(c)

Stephanie is the Clinical Educator for Perioperative Services at St. Mary’s General Hospital with over 15 years of Perioperative experience. She holds a Master of Nursing with a teaching focus from Athabasca University, a Master of Professional Education specializing in teaching students with exceptionalities and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Nursing through Western University. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others and supporting adult learners as they navigate the Perioperative field while promoting excellence in patient care. 

Biographie

Laura Sinisterra

Détentrice d’un baccalauréat en génie industriel et d’un certificat en gestion des opérations et de la logistique, Laura Sinisterra compte plus de 15 ans d’expérience, dont neuf dans le réseau de la santé et des services sociaux.

Son parcours l’a amené à mettre en profit son expertise en gestion de la qualité et de l’amélioration continue pour plusieurs projets d’envergure et de transformation, dont celui de consolidation du CHUM au centre-ville. Elle agit aujourd’hui à titre de conseillère cadre pour le programme de transition et de transformation au sein de la Direction des projets immobiliers majeurs, pour les projets de modernisations de deux CHSLD et de l’agrandissement du bloc opératoire et URDM de l’Hôpital Santa Cabrini Ospedale.

Biographies

ORNAC

The ORNAC executive works diligently with the board to further the goals of the organization and promote the best interest of the membership! ORNAC became incorporated in 2008 and is subject to the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. The organization is composed of the board and executive committee, managing various performance teams with the Strategic Plan.

Meet ORNAC's current executive members;

President: Sharon Hollett RN, BN, CPN(C)

Sharon has been a Perioperative RN for 23 years, specializing in cardiac surgery for most of that time.  Other favourite areas to work are plastics, orthopedics, thoracic and vascular specialties.  Favourite case is anything that is a combo!  Sharon also enjoys working with new learners to the OR, especially nurse colleagues with varying backgrounds and skill sets.  Having worked in various leadership roles in the OR over the years, Sharon is always actively looking for new challenges and learning opportunities as a leader.

President-elect: Tanya Vandale RN, BScN, CPN ©

Tanya graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia with a BScN in Nursing in 1999. Tanya's career has included travel nursing in the US before taking the Perioperative Nursing course in 2005. She has since been employed in the Adult surgery OR at the IWK Health Centre as an OR nurse. She has also held the position of Clinical educator for OR/PACU since 2011. Tanya served as the ORNANS secretary from 2015-2019 and represented Nova Scotia as the ORNAC Director until 2021.

Secretary: Jennifer Sutton MN, BN, RN

Treasurer: Alex Bogle RN, BN, BSc, CPN ©

Alex graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 2019 with a Bachelor of Nursing, and in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science. He has been a Perioperative Nurse for 3 years, and is currently the Spine Resource Nurse at the Saint John Regional Hospital. He began serving as a Board Member of the Kennebecasis Valley Food Basket in 2021. He is passionate about promoting excellence in Perioperative Nursing and working with ORNAC to promote the Perioperative Nursing community.

Executive Director: Chris Downey MScN, BScN, RN, CPN (C), RNFA

Biography

Irene Harder

Irene obtained her RN Diploma in Nursing from the Grace General Hospital, Winnipeg. She later completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the now Toronto Metropolitan University. She spent the first 27 years of her nursing career as a front-line nurse in psychiatry, obstetrics and the OR, working in community and tertiary care centers in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. The past 12 years Irene has spent in leadership roles, both as an OR manager and Director of Perioperative, and Women and Children’s programs, at three different hospitals in the Waterloo Wellington Region.

Irene is passionate about leadership and building strong teams to perform well. She is committed to building strong relationships with all members of the multidisciplinary team as this is foundational. She led her team during the pandemic with courage and resilience for continued focus on safe, quality, patient care.

My Current Role:

I am currently the Director, Perioperative, Women and Children’s Programs at Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Cambridge, ON.

This role oversees the OR, PACU, Surgical Day Care, Minor Procedures and the Inpatient Surgical Unit in the Perioperative Program, and the Birthing, Post -partum, Pediatric and Special Care Nursery in the Women and Children’s Program. I work with the Chiefs of these programs to develop program goals, clinical service planning and facilitate the management of fiscal, human and material resources.

The primary accountability is to ensure high quality patient-focused care is provided in a safe, effective and efficient manner, aligned with the hospital’s strategic priorities and standards of care. Leadership development within the program is also a priority and there are four Clinical Managers that report into this role.

 

Biography

Helene Tetreault

Infirmière première assistante en chirurgie depuis 1999

Infirmière depuis 36 ans 

Graduée du Cégep du vieux Montréal en décembre 1985 ( Decc)

Commencé à travailler comme infirmière le 26 janvier 1986

Commencé à travailler au bloc opératoire le 9 septembre 1987

Début a l’Université de Montréal pour le Bacc en 1991

Inscription et début de la formation comme infirmière assistante en chirurgie en aout 1996. Première cohorte au Québec. Certificat a l’UQTR  Graduée en septembre 1999

Création du Regroupement des infirmières première assistante (fondatrice avec 3 autres personnes) J’ai été secrétaire, présidente adjointe et présidente (depuis mai 2017)

Le RIPAC adhère à la CIISOQ comme comité. Je fais partit du CA de la CIISOQ depuis 2017

J’ai fait partie du comité sur les lignes directrices pour Les soins infirmiers périopératoires de l’OIIQ (2012)

Je travaille conjointement avec le Doyen et le directeur de programme comme consultante. Je suis aussi chargé de cours pour UQTR 

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Je travaille comme infirmière première assistante en chirurgie au CHUM (Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal depuis 1999

. Je travaille principalement en chirurgie cardiaque : prélèvement de la veine saphène, artère radiale. J’assiste les chirurgiens pour le temps principal et la fermeture. Je fais de l’enseignement aux résidents et aux externes 

Je travaille aussi dans d’autres spécialités comme en urologie (prostatectomie par robot), orthopédie, en vasculaire, en thoracique (aussi pour les greffes pulmonaire), en digestive (aussi onco), plastie (diminution mammaire), aussi j’assiste pour les donneurs

 

Biography

Nathalie Gould

Nathalie Gould is a Medical Liaison for 3M, Medical Solutions Division, specializing in surgical solutions.

She has been a registered nurse in the province of New Brunswick for 20 years.

Nathalie has worked in various areas of the healthcare system throughout her career, such as the ICU, Neuro ICU, Emergency Department, Perianesthesia, surgery education, and management. Her greatest interest revolved around the surgical patient journey and improving this experience through best practices, research, and standards.

Nathalie has a passion for educating and supporting health care practitioners, patients, and families, in the enhancement of the surgical experience, the reduction of poor outcomes, such as SSIs, and the alleviation of strain on our health care system.

 

Biography

Dominique Rhéaume

Infirmière clinicienne au soutien à la pratique au bloc opératoire – volet qualité et évolution de la pratique depuis 2020.
Direction des soins infirmiers
CISSSMC-hôpital Charles-LeMoyne
Biographie :

Infirmière depuis 1997 à l’hôpital Charles LeMoyne, Dominique Rhéaume obtient un baccalauréat en sciences de l’université de Montréal en 2011. Son parcours professionnel débute en périnatalité. Elle rejoint le bloc opératoire en 2013 où elle occupera pendant 3 ans la fonction de cheffe de la spécialité thoracique. Rapidement Dominique se démarque par son engagement pour la sécurité des soins. Dans ses fonctions actuelles, elle est reconnue pour sa rigueur scientifique, son professionnalisme et sa capacité à élaborer et conceptualiser des programmes de formation continue et d’amélioration de la qualité qui prennent en compte les préoccupations de l’ensemble des spécialités. Ses collègues infirmiers et médicaux sont unanimes quant à son expertise et son leadership transformationnel au bloc opératoire.

 

Biography

Jenna Reinhart

Jenna Reinhart has been working in Cardiac nursing for over 12 years. Early in her nursing education she was intrigued by all things cardiac, and she never looked back. Since beginning her nursing career, she has worked in inpatient cardiology, cardiac surgery, community heart failure and cardiology clinic, and Cardiac Cath Lab, and now clinical educator for Inpatient Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, and CCU for SMGH.

She has always had a passion for education, from precepting students and new staff, to instructing the college level, post-graduate rhythm interpretation course, to her current field. Knowledge of implantable cardiac devices has been essential for all areas of my career in cardiology, and in the last few years, the field has made exciting changes we need to consider!

Jenna is also a dog mom to a Great Dane named Duke and enjoys being active and playing sports in her spare time.

 

Job Description & Credentials

Registered Nurse, B.Sc.N

Clinical Educator for Inpatient Cardiology, CACU, CCU2 and Cardiac & General Surgery

 

Biography

Sarah Monfils

Sarah Monfils has a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from University of Montreal. She continued her studies at University of Montreal in the Perfusion program and went on to successfully complete the Canadian and the American certification exams. Since then, she has been working in Quebec and Ontario hospitals as a clinical perfusionist and has been an active member of the Accreditation, Competencies and Evaluation committee from the Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion since 2017. In addition, she is a Clinical Monitor for the Perfusion program from University of Montreal. She is a forever student, currently enrolled in graduate programs at both HEC in management, and University of Montreal in program evaluation in Public Health. She has also been studying psychology and has been dedicated to improving her communication and interpersonal skills over the years. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and helping the clinical community. 

Credentials 

2022 

American certification in Perfusion 

American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion

 

2015 

Canadian certification in Perfusion

Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion

 

2015

DESS degree in Perfusion

Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal 

 

2011

Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences 

Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal 

 

2008

Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences 

Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal 

 

Job Description: Clinical Perfusionist

  • Operates Heat-lung machine in cardiac surgery 
  • Operates Cellsaver techniques in trauma and miscellaneous types of surgeries
  • Manages Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD; Intra-aortic Balloon Pumps, Impella, HeartMate, Centrimag)
  • Manages ECMO (Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation)
  • Responsible for organ procurement for transplants (lungs, heart)
  • Teaching (Perfusion students, VAD patients and relatives, Healthcare professionals, public) 

Biography

Dre Meggie Raymond

Dre Meggie Raymond travaille à l’Institut de cardiologie de Montréal depuis 2016 comme anesthésiologiste. Elle a obtenu son doctorat en médecine à l’Université de Sherbrooke en 2009 et complété sa spécialisation en anesthésiologie en 2014 à l’Université de Sherbrooke. Elle a ensuite effectué une formation complémentaire en douleur chronique en 2015 à l’Université de Montréal et une formation complémentaire en anesthésiologie cardiaque à l’Université d’Ottawa en 2016. Depuis son arrivée à l’ICM, Dre Raymond fait aussi partie de l’équipe de soins palliatifs et travaille comme consultante dans l’équipe de douleur chronique cardiaque. Dre Raymond participe pleinement aux activités cliniques, d'enseignement, de recherche et d'administration du département d'anesthésiologie. 
Ses intérêts sont l'échocardiographie transoesophagienne périopératoire, le soulagement de la douleur périopératoire et de la douleur chronique postopératoire ainsi que les soins palliatifs cardiaques.  

Anesthésiologiste cardiaque

Biography

Chelsy Ratcliffe, RN, BSN

Chelsy is Faculty at Saskatchewan Polytechnic for the Perioperative Nursing RN/LPN Program. In addition to the operating room, Chelsy is passionate about quality improvement, problem-solving, and technology. She enjoys being a member of the executive for the Saskatchewan periOperative Registered Nurses Group. Chelsy began her nursing career as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 2005. In 2008, she completed the Perioperative Nursing Program through SIAST, and in 2012 a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through SIAST and the University of Saskatchewan. Chelsy has worked in operating rooms at three Saskatchewan hospitals.  Highlights of her career before teaching were implementing a patient and family-centered care pilot project that explored parental presence during pediatric anesthetic induction. Simultaneously, she assisted with the research of an internet-delivered, preoperative, preparation program for pediatric patients and their families. She also enjoyed her time as the General Surgery Resource Nurse and filling in as Charge Nurse.

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