Executive 2022 - 2023
Erika graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a BSN in 2005, and since has had the opportunity to work in both large urban settings to small rural settings within Saskatchewan. Erika currently resides in rural Saskatchewan and supports rural health care teams as a provincial manager. From 2010, she worked as Clinical Nurse Educator with a focus on rural health, rural health care delivery and rural health care settings, holding many certified instructorships. Erika also spent many years teaching in casual roles for Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Carlton Trail College. Her nursing passions lie with the social determinants of health, health care education, health promotion, standardization, and communication processes. Erika believes connecting providers and resources is key to advancing and supporting health care across Canada.
Making the move to rural is when Michael-Ann Miller really developed her enthusiasm for being a generalist. Earning her BSN in 2009 was the start of this journey and in 2011 her and her family moved back to her husband’s small town in the beautiful Okanagan of British Columbia. Coming home and working as a RN in a rural emergency department was the spark that started Michael-Ann’s passion for rural healthcare. That passion has now taken her to a leadership role in which she leads to two rural healthcare facilities and uses her position to advocate for social justice, healthcare equality, and the retention and recruitment of rural healthcare providers. Recently Michael-Ann has participated in a research project that explored the interprofessional collaborative practice for rural teams, and how integrative care can serve to address healthcare inequalities. Known for being unconventional and creative her desire to move the image of the rural nurse mainstream was the foundation for creating a rural nurse blog. Fuelled by feminist ideals, modern values, and professional integrity, Michael-Ann is honoured to be a part of the CARRN executive and will continue to share the voice of the rural nurse.
Nicki Armstrong is a Nurse Practitioner in Red Deer, Alberta. After 14 years of rural nursing, on and off, she now lives on an acreage with her husband, kids, dogs, cats, chickens, and a horse. She has worked in rural Alberta, rural Nepal, and Bangladesh. Her work focuses on populations who have barriers to receiving good care. Currently, she works in geriatrics and runs a telehealth business offering care for Albertans with obesity. She is honoured to be the President-Elect for CARRN and looks forward to increasing CARRN’s capacity to support Canadian rural nurses.
Ricki is a graduate from the University of Regina BScN program through Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Saskatoon and obtained her degree in 2019. Since then, she has lived and worked in rural Saskatchewan with experience in Emergency Care, Acute Care, Long-Term Care and Home Care. The opportunity to work in rural healthcare has sparked her interest in improving the health and wellness of rural residents and increase workplace supports for rural nurses. She is excited to meet other rural nurses through CARRN and support rural and remote nurses on a national level.
Sharleen graduated with a post BScN in 2008, attained a Master’s degree in Nursing in 2013, and a Nursing PhD from the University of Saskatchewan in 2020. Her developing program of research focuses on the psychological impact of exposure to traumatic events on nurses in rural/remote settings. Sharleen’s clinical practice has entailed urban, rural, and remote nursing across three western provinces in a broad range of roles from emergency, coordination, utilization, supervision, education, community, public health, and management including work with the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) and the Ministry of Justice, Coroners Branch. Her range of experiences have provided an in-depth understanding of the unique complexities, challenges, and disparities in rural/remote nursing practice. She currently works as a manager for the Saskatchewan Health Authority and as a Research Assistant on the Nursing Practice in Rural and Remote Canada II Study. Sharleen is excited to be part of the CARRN executive and to advocate, promote, and support rural/remote nurses.
As a rural resident for most of her life, and a registered nurse since 2005, JoDee is passionate about rural health care and the unique field of rural nursing. JoDee received her BN from the University of Calgary at Medicine Hat College and completed her Master’s degree in Nursing in 2012. She has had the opportunity to practice in a variety of urban and rural settings, and is currently a nursing instructor in a collaborative BN program. JoDee feels fortunate to be able to teach a rural nursing course which provides students with theoretical knowledge related to rural health care and the opportunity to practice in a rural clinical setting. JoDee looks forward to being a part of CARRN and is excited to work with others who share a passion for advancing rural and remote health care in Canada.
Kim is a Nursing Professor at Trent University. She has been teaching nurses at the undergraduate and post-graduate level since 2002. Prior to that, her background was in acute care and professional practice. Kim is currently at Doctoral student, completing a Doctor of Education, Education Leadership with a focus on Educational Technology at William Howard Taft University. She completed her Master of Nursing at the University of Toronto, Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Ryerson University and her nursing diploma at George Brown College. Kim’s research focus is working in rural and remote settings, looking at nursing practice in those settings. As well, she addresses issues in the provision of nursing education through the use of virtual simulations, the impact of inclusive, anti-racist and anti-oppressive approaches to education. Kim has a particular interest in addressing racism in healthcare to serve as an ally to Indigenous populations.