Selkirk College, Attn: Tammy McLean
301 Frank Beinder Way, Castlegar BC, V1N 4L3, Canada
I graduated with a diploma in nursing in 1986, obtained a Critical Care Specialty Certification through BCIT, after which I worked in a variety in ICU/CCU and ER departments.
I eventually met my husband and moved to Rossland in the West Kootenays where we have brought up our family. I worked in the ICU in Trail as a casual for a number of years. In 1998 a full-time position came up as the coordinator of the Hospice Palliative Care Program in Trail. I stayed in that role for 8 years. In 2004, I completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through BCIT and also became one of the first nurses in Canada to receive CNA certification in Hospice Palliative Care.
I graduated from the UNBC MScN program as a Family Nurse Practitioner in May of 2015, the focus of my Master’s thesis was to apply a palliative approach to care for patients with heart failure. I work as and NP doing locums throughout the province and in the Yukon, I also provide travel medicine consulting services.
I started working as a Nurse Educator at Selkirk College in 2008 and I am still working in this capacity. I really appreciate working with students and I enjoy being a part of influencing the next generation of nurses. The students constantly inspire me and I love being able to work with former students when they become my colleagues.