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Welcome to Nurses’ Voices.

Nurses’ Voices is a unique video and audio series where we talk with nurses about their work, the challenges they face and how they are making a difference within these changing and uncertain times. Hosted by Gail Donner and Mary Wheeler, Nurses’ Voices features conversations with a diverse group of Canadian nurses from a variety of workplaces. Listen and watch now.

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Nurses’ Voices is available across a wide variety of platforms, including listening on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts or watching on YouTube. Please see below for our latest episodes.

Join us for an honest and personal conversation with Leigh Chapman, RN, PhD, Adjunct Lecturer, Graduate Program at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Leigh shares the story of her brother Brad, who died of a drug overdose and homeless at the age of 43. After this, Leigh became an advocate for harm reduction amongst those experiencing homelessness, in order to reduce stigma and discrimination and increase care. Her journey has been challenging both personally and professionally, and sharing this story will hopefully encourage other nurses to help with meaningful causes that are important to them. Watch and listen to Leigh’s stories now.

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Join us for a lively conversation with Jane Kraut, RN, BN, BA, a Graduate Student at the College of Nursing at the University of Manitoba. Jane discusses what brought her to the nursing profession as a second career, after working in the business world for a number of years. Jane opens up about what drove her to pursue nursing in her 30s, successfully juggling the responsibilities of parenthood with going back to school to head down a new career path. Watch and listen to her stories now.

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Join us for a conversation with Kenely Lamsen RN and Anne Marie Shin RN, MN, MSc (QIPS) about the challenges that Kenely and other Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) face in becoming registered in Ontario. Kenely describes her journey to Canada and the steps she’s undertaken towards registration in Ontario by completing clinical hours, while Anne Marie Shin, Director of Professional Practice at the College of Nurses of Ontario, shares steps the College is taking towards improving the processes to assist IENs in their goal of becoming registered. Watch and listen to their stories now.

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Join us for an honest and candid discussion with Adigo Angela Achoba-Omajali, RN, BScN, MN and Janice John-Mitchell, RN, BA, MBA about racism in nursing and healthcare. Angela and Janice describe their own lived experiences facing racism in the healthcare system and share important insights on the systemic presence of racism, and the education and actions that need to be taken to overcome these significant challenges. Watch and listen to their stories now.

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Join us for a compelling conversation with Athanasius “Tanas” Sylliboy BScN, MN, NP, ENC©, of Eskasoni First Nation, is a Mi’kmaw Primary Care Nurse Practitioner in Millbrook, Nova Scotia. Watch and listen as Tanas discusses his practice of Indigenous health and healing, and how racism persists in the healthcare system and stands in the way of equitable access to care amongst racialized communities. Watch and listen to Tanas’s story now.

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Join us as we talk with Vicky Sharma-Vermani, RN, BScN, MScN, MHM, Patient Care Manager and Kristen Vila, RN, BNCoordinating Nurse who both work at Trillium Health Partners, Credit Valley site, in Mississauga, Ontario. Vicky and Kristen explain how throughout the challenging times of COVID-19, their unit continues to foster positive teamwork and support systems which allows for high quality nursing care, opportunities for growth and development for staff, and a positive and joyful work environment. Watch and listen to their stories now.

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Join us as we talk with Rani Srivastava, RN, PhD, FCAN, Dean, School of Nursing at Thompson Rivers University, on the state of nursing education in Canada and its potential for the future. The country needs nurses, and people want to become nurses, but challenges remain to provide well funded quality education. Hear Rani’s thoughts on what needs to change to attract and maintain nursing students and nurses in practice through attention to diversity, inclusion and innovation and her hopes for the future. Watch and listen to Rani’s story now.

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Season Two Premiere!

In the first episode of our new season, we speak with Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy, Vice-President, Research, Innovation & Discovery and Chief Nurse Executive at Nova Scotia Health about the ongoing nursing staffing and human resource challenges in Canada, where up to 30% of the nursing workforce is out due to COVID-19. However, there is optimism that with the right strategies and investments, we have an opportunity to address nursing staffing issues, retain nurses and improve care delivery in Canada. Watch and listen to Gail’s story now.

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In our final episode of season one, join us as we talk with Rebecca Gustafson, a current nursing student and Czarielle Dela Cruz, a recent nursing graduate, both from Ryerson University. Rebecca provides an extremely honest look into what it has been like to be a nursing student during the upheaval of COVID-19. And, learn how recent nursing graduate Czarielle has navigated the pandemic at the onset of her career at the bedside. Watch and listen to their stories now.

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Nurses see patients at some of the most challenging times of their lives. But nurses can also experience their own struggles, at which point their own self-care and wellness need to take priority. In this emotional and inspirational episode, we speak with Katrina Stephenson and Sarah Bohachyk about the mental health struggles that nurses themselves face. Watch and listen to their stories now.

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The global COVID-19 pandemic has been grabbing the spotlight for the past 18 months, but the struggles that vulnerable populations have with mental health continue to persist. In this special episode we have a stigma-breaking conversation with Bonita Fanzega and Catherine Flynn about mental health nursing amongst marginalized communities. Watch and listen to their stories now.

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Nursing in Canada’s North involves overcoming many challenges every day. Join us as we chat with Dianne Iyago (Public Health Nurse in Baker Lake, Nunavut) and Betty Strbac (Community Health Nurse in Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories) as they discuss the trust that needs to be built as a nurse in the North, how they have dealt with COVID-19, and how nursing is both challenging and rewarding in two of Canada’s most remarkable places. Watch and listen to their stories now.

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Join us as we speak with Michelle Williams and Paul Hickey on the importance of homecare in Canada. Michelle and Paul talk about why they pursued homecare as a career, why it is such a rewarding experience, how it has changed during COVID-19, and why it has not received the attention it merits. Watch and listen to their stories now.

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Join us as Natalie Stake-Doucet and Roya Kazempour take us behind-the-scenes in Quebec’s long-term care system, describing the devastating impact and tragic loss during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how structural issues can leave residents vulnerable. Natalie and Roya are passionate and hopeful, yet calls for change are necessary to improve the quality and conditions in long-term care. Watch and listen to their incredible stories now.

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Join us as we hear the inspiring voices of Bahar Karimi and Sarah McNally, both from long-term care facility Idlewyld Manor in Hamilton, Ontario. Bahar and Sarah break the stigma of long-term care and discuss how their nursing practice is full of passion, compassion, resilience and innovation, especially during the incredibly challenging COVID-19 pandemic. Watch and listen to Bahar and Sarah’s incredible stories now.

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Hear from Critical Care Nurse Managers Adam Gagnon and Patricia Daley about how they have adapted during the difficult, tense, and ever-changing times of COVID-19. Learn about how Adam and Patricia have maintained a high level of support for nurses throughout the pandemic while ensuring continued compassion for patients. Watch and listen to Adam’s and Patricia’s stories now!

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Get a personal, inside view into intensive care units during the COVID-19 pandemic from critical care nurses Lisi Aldaba and Miriam Biju. Learn how Lisi and Miriam dealt with the devastating effects of the COVID-19 waves throughout the pandemic, including the immense stress and how care was compromised in hospitals, yet how they continued to make connections with patients. Watch and listen to Lisi’s and Miriam’s stories now!

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Public Health has always been at the core of communities across Canada. In this episode, you will meet Janice Loe and Jane Skinner, two late career Public Health Nurses helping to lead the vaccination charge at Manitoba’s Prairie Mountain Health Region in Brandon. Hear Janice’s and Jane’s stories now!

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In this episode we hear from two early career community health nurses working with the homeless population at the COVID Assisted Self Isolation Site run by The Alex in Calgary, Alberta. Tegan Broadhurst and Alysha Samji have taken the initiative to learn and expand their knowledge in an area of nursing that they have grown to love. Hear Tegan’s and Alysha’s stories now!

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In our debut episode, we are proud to hear the Nurses’ Voices of  Chantel Antone and Chantalle Clarkin. We discuss the importance of story telling, and the criticality of nurses telling their own stories rather than having their stories told by others. Plus, the role storytelling plays in nursing eduction and practice, and the importance of storytelling to build connections between nurses, nurses and other healthcare professionals, nurses and patients and nurses public. Learn more about Chantel and Chantalle and listen and watch now!

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Meet Our Hosts

Gail Donner RN, PhD

Partner, donnerwheeler
Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

My career and my life, my passion and energy have been focused on three things: my family, nursing and health care and community engagement. When I think about what ties all those endeavours together, I realize it is a commitment to supporting those I care “for” and those I care “about” so that they can grow and be the best they can be.

I’ve tried to do that with my family and in return they have enabled me to be my best. In nursing, I have worked in diverse settings but always with a focus on developing nurses through education, mentoring and professional and career development and in contributing to building the nursing profession itself.  And then through volunteering both within health and nursing and in my community at large I have been able to work with amazing people and give just a little bit back to the province and country that has given me such tremendous opportunity.

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Mary M. Wheeler RN, MEd,
Certified Coach

Partner, donnerwheeler

I have been practicing nursing in various capacities and settings, as a staff nurse, manager, educator, director and for the last 30 years, a nurse entrepreneur. My nursing career has taken me to northern Ontario, Australia, South Africa, Europe and the USA.

My career in nursing has been an adventure. Nursing has opened so many doors for me. I’m never quite sure of the destination but my curiosity has been my beacon. I often don’t know what might happen along the journey, who I will meet, what I will do, or what I will learn and that unknown makes it exciting.

Over my career one thing is for sure, I have met so many compassionate and passionate nurses who have a story to tell. Many years ago in doing a career development workshop Gail and I remarked, wouldn’t it be awesome if we could record these nurses’ voices and share their stories. What do you know, that time has come.

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