Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Regular Faculty | Sessional Faculty

Regular Faculty

Piera Jung, Professor, Co-Chair BSN Program


  • Nanaimo Campus, Bld 210, Room 343
  • Phone: 250-753-3245 local 4152
  • E-mail:

Piera is a full-time teacher with the BSN Program at VIU. Her practice experiences include gerontology, community health, and palliative and leadership management. Piera completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the University of Manitoba and holds a Master of Arts in Learning and Training from Royal Roads University. Teaching is Piera’s passion and she strives to provide an interactive engaging classroom for sharing, learning, and transformative change. Her research interests are older adults, professional practice, educational research, and communities of practice.

Colleen Price, Professor, Co-Chair BSN Program

RN(C); BScN, McMaster University; MA Adult Education, University of British Columbia

Colleen is a registered nurse with 30 years of experience working in inpatient and emergency psychiatry, community mental health and addictions and sexual health. Her positions have provided the opportunity for direct client care, interagency collaboration, post-secondary and community education, health care administration, national consultation and work with all levels of government to improve the care and quality of life for those experiencing mental health challenges. Colleen has been employed by the Options for Sexual Health Clinic on Salt Spring Island since 2003 and joined Vancouver Island University as a full-time faculty member in 2013.

Leslie Sundby, Professor


Leslie completed her BSN at University of Victoria and her MN at University of Alberta in Edmonton, and she joined the BSN faculty as a permanent full-time faculty member in December 2001. She has previously taught nursing at College of New Caledonia in Prince George and Royal Alexandra Hospital School of Nursing in Edmonton. Leslie has taught in a variety of theory courses including Global Health Issues, Leadership, and Learning Centre. Her clinical area of specialty is Perinatal/Pediatrics and she has extensive experience in the pediatric and perinatal areas as a senior administrator, staff educator, quality improvement consultant, and bedside nurse. Leslie continues to teach perinatal and pediatric courses throughout western Canada. Leslie is currently the Chair of the BSN Program and is involved extensively in committees throughout VIU, including Senate & VIU Curriculum Committee. Leslie is also involved in international work in Nepal and India and has developed and overseen a number of international field schools taking BSN students to Nepal and Ghana, West Africa. Her current areas of passion are leadership, engaging and leading others in change, curriculum development/integration to achieve deep learning, student and faculty engagement, and international/global health.

Sandy Alexander, Professor


Sandy joined VIU's BSN program as a full-time faculty member in 2003. Prior to working at VIU, Sandy worked in various capacities including trauma surgical nursing and community health nursing. She has worked as a sexual health educator working with children and youth. Sandy also co-developed a sexual health program aimed at meeting the health and well-being needs of individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. Her area of research passion is around sexuality and the role of nurses’ work in health promotion across the lifespan.

Julie Bishop, Professor

Bio coming soon.

Leigh Blaney, Professor


After having been a Vancouver Island University student in three different programs over 25 years and creating havoc for faculty each time, it is a source of constant amazement and amusement to Leigh that she would be invited to become a faculty member! What goes around comes around, and she is now face-to-face with herself in the persona of second year nursing students. Leigh received her Diploma of Technology in Psychiatric Nursing and in General Nursing from BCIT, her BSN from VIU, and her MA in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University. She has been an Instructor for the Justice Institute of British Columbia (various academies) in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), Workplace Violence Prevention (WVPP) and Safe at Work programs; a certified trainer for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. She is a member of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS), BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM), Canadian Federation of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses (CFPMHN), and the Canadian National Committee for Police/Mental Health Liaison, and she is a consultant for communities and groups for CISM & WVPP program development, maintenance and evaluation. Her professional areas of interest are mental health, crisis intervention, critical incident stress management, workplace violence prevention, research/inquiry, health promotion, and community development.

Nona Brack, Professor


Nona started at VIU in 2004 as a full-time faculty member. Nona has experience in large and rural hospital settings. Her areas of practice were cardiac and intensive care nursing along with emergency nursing. She pursued her Master in Leadership and Training at Royal Roads University with a focus on rural critical care nurses sustaining evidence-based practice. Nona’s area of passion is supporting students to engage in learning in the acute care practice environment.

Anita Carroll, Professor

RN, Malaspina College; BSN, University of Victoria; MSN, University of British Columbia

Anita has been a community and public health nurse since 1995, and she has worked in a variety of community agencies: First Nations Health Centres (Chemainus, Cowichan, Halalt, Lyackson, Malahat and Penelakut), Island Health Authority Public Health (Duncan, Ladysmith and Nanaimo), and Options for Sexual Health (Ladysmith and Nanaimo). She has been teaching at Vancouver Island University since 2003. Anita’s focus in nursing education extends to both the classroom and practice settings. Relational Practice and Community Health Nursing are her areas of passion in teaching. Anita enjoys working with students in years one, three, and four in teaching the foundations of community health nursing and health promotion. Anita’s areas of practice and research include: parent-child interactions, mother-child health, advocacy, community care and outreach, adolescent health, reproductive health.

Shannon Dames, Professor


Shannon joined VIU's BSN program as a sessional faculty member in 2013, and a full-time faculty member in 2014. Shannon has worked in various capacities related to nursing over the last 15 years. She has experience in emergency medicine as an emergency nurse, forensic nurse, and multiple public health programs from front line through management. She pursued her Master in Public Health while working in the United States at Oregon Health and Sciences University, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Calgary in the Adult Education program. Her area of research passion is around bridging the gap between training and practice for new graduates to enhance personal coherence and retention rates in the field.

Lori Evans, Professor


  • Nanaimo Campus, Bld 180, Room 448
  • Phone: 250-753-3245 local 2181
  • E-mail:

Lori became a full-time faculty member in April of 2006, on return from Scotland. While there, she lectured at the University of Edinburgh and worked as a case manager with Argyll-Bute Council, Community Services-Social Care, in Oban. Lori graduated from the CAEN curriculum here at VIU (then Malaspina), in 2000, and started her nursing career on 3rd floor (surgical), at NRGH. Following NRGH, Lori travelled to the Netherlands to complete the advanced Amsterdam Master in Medical Anthropology (AMMA), where she completed an ethnography while working with young, foreign, female squatters to explore their ‘community health’ and ‘risk perceptions’ within housing, health and migration policy (during EU transition). Lori later presented this study as, "Women Crossing Borders", at the International Visual Sociology Association's (IVSA) conference, in Southampton, England. Following Amsterdam, Lori then returned to British Columbia and worked with the Nisga’a First Nation as their home care nurse-supervisor, coordinating and providing home and community care services between four villages. From 2008 to 2011, Lori served a term within municipal government as a Councillor for the Town of Ladysmith. Her passion is within population health promotion and curriculum design, and in March 2016, Lori entered her journey of motherhood. Her advice, “Always believe in your dreams.”

Julie Gibler, Professor


Julie joined the VIU BSN faculty full time in June 2008, recruited from Southern California. She has had two areas of clinical practice as a nurse practitioner in the US since 1995, in the fields of neonatal intensive care as well as in women's health. She graduated with her Master in Nursing from Loma Linda University and has a Certified Practice in Women's Health from UCLA. Since coming to Vancouver Island in 2008, she has received a Certified Practice in British Columbia in Reproductive Health and Contraceptive Management. Her passions in nursing have to do with excellence in healthcare for mothers and babies. She currently teaches in the 2nd and 3rd years of the BSN program with a focus on perinatal, pediatrics and neonatal nursing, as well as sexuality and health promotion across the lifespan.

Teresa Hannesson, Professor


Teresa has been teaching full-time in the BSN program at VIU since 2007. Teresa started teaching in 1997 at Camosun College and has taught in various college and university nursing programs in Western Canada since that time, prior to settling in Nanaimo. Teresa’s clinical background has been acute care, primarily post-surgical nursing with a passion for burn care. Teresa has taught a variety of nursing courses but has found a passion for teaching relational practice. Her area of research extends from her teaching passion including exploring and developing relationships between faculty, students, and nurses, as well as mentorship.

Eileen Harapnuk, Professor


Nanaimo Campus, Bld 180, Room 536
Phone: 250-753-3245 local 2573

Eileen joined the VIU BSN program as a faculty member in June 2012, after moving to Vancouver Island. Since 2003, Eileen has focused her nursing career in acute medicine, gerontology, palliative care, general surgery, and orthopedic surgery within Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health Authorities, as well as working as a BSN faculty member in the lower mainland prior to VIU. She enjoys sharing, discovering, and building knowledge with others regarding the art and science of nursing and engaging in the process of lifelong learning. Eileen is currently interested in program and course curriculum, active, collaborative, deep learning strategies, learning centre, and simulation. Her favourite quote is by Socrates: “Education is the kindling of a flame not the filling of a vessel.”

Marti Harder, Professor


Marti joined the VIU BSN program as a full-time faculty member in August, 2016.  Marti started teaching in 2009 at Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (a BC Indigenous educational institution) in the HCA and LPN programs, and also worked as an Instructor at Thompson Rivers University in the BSN program.  Marti’s clinical background includes: acute care (post-surgical, general medicine, mental health), community (home health) nursing, and end-of-life care, with a particular interest in complex wound care.  These experiences took place in urban, rural and remote BC communities, some while working as a travel nurse.  Marti’s educational passions include student engagement, and partnering with students to help them achieve their dreams, recognizing that ‘success’ means different things to different people.  A favourite quote of hers is: “To understand education, one must love it or care deeply about learning, and accept it as a legitimate process for growth and change…[Y]ou have to have enough love of learning to have the courage to remake it, imagine it, and teach it” (Marie Battiste).  Marti’s research interests are broad, and include: health promotion for nursing students, the lived experiences of mental health clients and their families, and the meaning of educational success for students.

Ann Holroyd, Professor

RN; BScN; MEd; PhD

  • Nanaimo Campus, Bld 180, Room 444
  • Phone: 250-753-3245 local 2831
  • E-mail:

Ann started at VIU in 1995 as a sessional instructor in the Practical Nursing program and joined the BSN program as a full-time faculty member in 1997. She has worked in a variety of clinical nursing positions with the majority of her clinical practice in emergency medicine. In 1997, Ann completed a Master in Adult and Community Education at the University of Calgary before starting doctoral studies in 2000. In 2005, she received a PhD in Health Sciences from Monash University in Australia. Ann has been involved in a variety of community based research projects related to older adults and chronic illness. Most recently, Ann was one of two primary investigators on a collaborative evaluation of the Enhanced Seniors Team Initiative on Vancouver Island. The research team received a $225,000 Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Award for this project, which was completed in partnership with the Centre on Aging, VIHA, and the University of Victoria. Ann’s areas of expertise are interpretive phenomenology, chronic illness, and qualitative research approaches.

Margaret Huml, Professor


Nanaimo Campus, Bld 210, Room 339
Phone: 250-753-3245 local 2466

Margaret joined VIU's BSN program as a sessional faculty member in 2008, and became a full-time faculty member in 2012. Margaret has clinical practice experience in acute care including intermediate cardiac care, general medicine, post-surgical, and end-of-life care areas. Her professional areas of interest embrace concepts surrounding transition, resilience, and empowerment, including leadership in nursing, teaching and learning in nursing education, and end-of-life care.

Brenda Lane, Professor

RN; BScN; DipAdEd; MN; CMSN(C)

  • Nanaimo Campus, Bld 180, Room 442
  • Phone: 250-753-3245 local 2059
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Upon graduating from the University of Ottawa in 1983, Brenda worked at the Ottawa General Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit for 6 years followed by 12 years as a Clinical Nurse Educator. Over this time she was and educator for cardiopulmonary medicine, general surgery, thoracic surgery, ENT, vascular and plastic surgery. Additionally she was the burn educator for the regional burn unit and the TPN training coordinator for the region. She relocated to Nanaimo in 2001 and began teaching the BSN program. Her interests are teaching pathophysiology and lab courses along with clinical practice in medicine and surgical areas. She has been offering legal nurse consulting since 2002 related to medical and surgical malpractice cases in British Columbia and Alberta, and has been qualified as an expert witness in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. She has been actively involved with the Canadian Nurses Association by item-writing for licensure exams and medical-surgical certification exams. She is involved with the Canadian Association of Medical-Surgical Nurses. Her research interests include medical surgical clinical practices. The human body never ceases to amaze her!

Lisa Sworts, Professor


  • Nanaimo Campus, Bld 180, Room 448
  • Phone: 250-740-3245 local 2188
  • E-mail:

Lisa joined Health and Human Services Faculty in 2002 as the Lab Resource Nurse offering remediation and support for students requiring assistance with clinical nursing skills. Over the past 15 years, Lisa has instructed in the BSN program, Practical Nursing Program, International Education, Continuing Education, and School and Community Support Worker program. As a graduate of Vancouver Island University in 1998, Lisa has 20 years nursing experience with a focus on medical, surgical, rehabilitation, gerontology, and palliative care. Lisa completed her Master in Educational Leadership at Vancouver Island University in June 2017 and joined the BSN program as a full-time faculty member in August 2017.

Barbara Metcalf, Professor


Barbara has her BScN and master’s degrees from The University of Western Ontario along with a Certificate in Practice Education and a Certificate in Multi Media and Web Development from the University of British Columbia. She has been a nurse for over 25 years, always working in post-surgical care in some capacity or other. Originally from London, ON, Barbara was an instructor at The University of Western Ontario for 6 years, doing a combination of clinical and classroom teaching. Until recently, she worked as the Clinical Nurse Educator for the post-surgical units at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). Prior to that she was a staff nurse on the general surgery unit at NRGH and was one of the inaugural Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners for central Vancouver Island. Since joining the VIU faculty in 2012, Barbara has taught a combination of clinical and classroom courses. In 2014, Barbara became the simulation coordinator for Health and Human Services (HHS). She is in charge of ensuring that simulation is integrated across the Register Nursing, Practical Nursing, and Health Care Aide curricula. In the future, Barbara would like to bring the rest of the Health Sciences programs into the simulation suites and develop a Standardized Patient Program for the HHS faculty. Come by and see her, Frank, and Anne (the simulators) in the simulation suites on the 3rd floor. Barbara’s area of research is violence against women. Future areas of research interest include teaching/learning/education and simulation.

Mary Anne Moloney, Professor


Mary Anne has been on faculty of the BSN program at VIU since January 2003. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa in 1983 and her Master of Nursing from Athabasca University in 2006. She has also completed several specialty diplomas and has worked in critical care, palliative care, and perinatal nursing in a variety of settings across Canada and Scotland. She has travelled extensively in Europe and Asia which has fueled her passion for global health and international, intercultural, and inter-professional collaboration at home and abroad. She has taught across all years of the BSN program and is always grateful for the opportunity to share her experiences and passion for nursing practice with students, and is continually inspired by these future colleagues.

Maureen O’Connor, Professor

BA; BN; MScN; RN; Diploma in University-Teaching

Maureen started teaching in VIU's BSN program in August 2002, and has been teaching and working as a nurse for 25 years. She started as a medical-surgical nurse, then a rehabilitation nurse, then moved into teaching students at the University of New Brunswick, her Alma Mater. She has been teaching students in a variety of settings – in the classroom, in acute care practice settings, and in community practice placements. She has filled the roles of BSN Program Chair and Interim Associate Dean of Health and Human Services. Central to Maureen’s philosophy of living, nursing, and teaching is the importance of taking action to relieve the suffering of others.

Tina Pereza Rolls, Professor


Tina is an alumni of the BSN program. She graduated with distinction in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from VIU (then Malaspina College), degree granted by the University of Victoria, and joined the BSN Faculty in 2003. In 2006, Tina graduated with a Master of Nursing also from the University of Victoria. She completed a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategic Master Training Fellowship in the FUTURE Program for Cardiovascular Nurse Scientists. Tina’s interests include teaching and learning in clinical practice, cardiovascular health, heart failure, nursing theory, phenomenology, and feminism. Taking great pride in the profession of nursing, and in knowledge, skills, and ability of her graduates, Tina continues to work in acute care where she able to integrate practice, theory, and research.

Noella RickabyNoella Rickaby, Professor

BSc (Zoology) BEd BSN RN(C) MPH-HP

Noella is an alumni of VIU, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 2002. She has worked with the Nuu-cha-nulth First Nations as a community health nurse and with the non-profit organization Options for Sexual Health as a clinic coordinator, supervisor and educator. In 2009, she became one of the first wave of Registered Nurses (RN) in BC to achieve Certified Practice (C) in Reproductive Health. Noella joined the VIU BSN faculty in 2009 as a sessional instructor and, in 2013, joined the faculty full-time upon completion of a Master in Public Health-Health Promotion (MPH-HP) program, which included a three month final practicum in Lusaka, Zambia. Prior to becoming a RN, Noella completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Zoology followed by a Bachelor of Education (BEd) and for 10 years taught high school math and science. Working with the BSN program has allowed Noella to combine her passions for teaching and health promotion and to pursue her interests in education and research promoting gender equity and indigenous ways of knowing.

Lynn Rollison, Professor


Lynn has worked at VIU for 25 years and has held many positions including faculty member with H.S.A., LPN, clinical liaison, RN programs and for the past 15 years with the BSN program. Her areas of interest are maternal newborn nursing, harm reduction, research, and leadership. She has taught in all areas of the BSN program with her main clinical interests in maternal newborn and pediatric care. Lynn completed her PhD in 2015 and her dissertation looked at the impact that a difficult birth has on a women’s mothering over time. She is pursuing research pertaining to maternal child, mental health, and international nursing.

Carla Tilley, Professor

RN; BScN; CNCC(C); PhD(c)

Carla joined VIU in 2011 and is currently a full-time faculty member. In addition to her current role as a faculty member for the BSN program, Carla has also held the position of Program Chair for the Practical Nursing Program. Carla has held multiple nursing leadership roles, from a clinical nurse educator to a practice consultant. Her areas of expertise and passion are within nursing leadership, education, and program and curriculum design. In addition, Carla draws from her diverse nursing experiences that includes adult critical care, palliative care, medicine/surgical, gerontology, and has practiced in both rural and remote communities as well as tertiary care settings. Carla also holds CNA certification as a critical care nurse. Carla's current research focus is on internationally educated nurses and how they transition into Canadian practice settings.

Linda SheaLinda Shea, Professor                                                           


  • Nanaimo Campus, Bld 180, Room 448
  • Phone: (250) 753-3245, Local 2378
  • Email:

Linda joined VIU’s BSN program as a full-time faculty member in 2016. She has been a Registered Nurse since 1984 and has been teaching undergraduate nursing since 1997. She has studied and worked in both Canada and the United States, and has a clinical background in neonatal and pediatric critical care, family nursing and community health care. Her scholarly interests include Integral Theory, global perspectives on holism and healing, holistic nursing, integrative health care, and contemplative pedagogy. Her teaching interests include child, family, and community nursing, relational nursing practice, and integrative health care.

Alana DevereauxAlana Devereaux, Professor                                                    


  Alana joined the VIU Bachelor of Science in Nursing program as a Professor in 2017. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2008 and her PhD in Nursing at the University of Ottawa in 2016.  In 2015, Alana was named an emerging nurse scholar by the University of Toronto, and has been the recipients of multiple research awards including the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (2012-2015), and the Registered Nurses’ Foundation of Ontario Infection Prevention & Control Research Award (2015, 2016). She has published in the Journal for Advanced Nursing, and has presented her work at multiple national conferences. Alana’s first love is acute care practice and as such, she maintains her clinical skills by teaching clinical courses.

Deborah Collette, Professor


Deborah joined VIU’s BSN program in 2017. Prior to this, Deborah taught in the Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate in Nursing program in Prince George BC.  Before her teaching career, Deborah worked for Northern Health as a Research and Evaluation Coordinator, Nursing Research Facilitator, a Public Health Nurse, and most recently as a casual RN in Functional Rehabilitation. Her teaching experience has been equally varied having taught across all four years of a BScN program.  Courses taught include pharmacology, nursing research, nursing knowledge, interpersonal communication, and practice in years 1 and 2.   

Mark Tiongson, Professor


Mark joined VIU in the summer of 2018 and comes with vast experiences in mental health nursing. He achieved his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Douglas College, and his Masters in Nursing from
Athabasca University. Mark has specialized in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and is passionate about Trauma Informed Practice. Mark looks forward to passing on the spirit of advocacy and destigmatization of mental health to the students at VIU. Mark was instrumental in the opening of the Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit with Fraser Health in his role as a Clinical Nurse Educator. He has hopes of establishing strong mental health connections for young people in Vancouver Island. Mark is an avid athlete and fitness enthusiast and endorses the importance of healthy lifestyle in health care.  

Sessional Faculty

Sholeh Boyle, Nursing Instructor

RN; BSN; MPubHlth & TM

Sholeh joined the BSN Program at VIU as a sessional Faculty Member in 2013. She brings a wealth of international health experience including 10 years of tertiary teaching in nursing as well as consulting and management skills in global development projects. In her various roles, she has worked extensively as a midwife, women’s health nurse, research nurse, breast cancer nurse specialist, and health promotion nurse in various parts of the world including Australia, United Kingdom, South Pacific, Africa, and Canada. She has published research articles and presented at international conferences. Following several years of work at The Canadian International Agency and overseas NGOs, Sholeh pursued her Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia. Later she commenced a Master of Interprofessional Health Education while holding a dual role in health management and research at University of Western Australia in Perth. Sholeh is passionate about encouraging the integration of research into practice. She helps students achieve success by teaching, mentoring, and empowering them to identify their own strengths and interests while pursuing their unique vision and goals within the diverse fields of nursing.

Ann Greene, Professor


Ann joined VIU's BSN program as a sessional faculty member in 2008, and currently facilitates the clinical experience of students in the Mental Health practice setting. Her experience in mental health, substance use, aboriginal health, and community health spans primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare settings in direct care, administration, leadership, and education. Ann established a private healthcare consulting business in 2006 providing consultation in program planning and project leadership in various health authorities in BC, Ontario, and the Yukon. Ann holds the CNA national certification in the specialty of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and has been an active member of the Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses in positions of president and communications officer since 1989. Most recently she co-chaired the revision of the Canadian Standards of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and co-authored the publication of this review process in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing. Her area of research passion is standards of practice, and the nurse’s ability to meet standards of practice in competitive and changing care environments. Ann’s master’s research was focused on this topic and is titled: Nursing to Standards – A Matter of Balance, 1998.

Sasha Hayes, Nursing Instructor


Sasha joined VIU’s BSN program as sessional faculty member in 2009. Her experiences varies from local community/public health positions to overseas nursing in Asia & Australia. Sasha’s professional passion and interests remain strongest in high acuity and trauma surgical nursing.

Margaret Litt, Nursing Instructor

RN; BSN; MHSc; GNC (c)

Margaret has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Ottawa and a Master in Community Health and Epidemiology from the University of Toronto. Margaret is a graduate of the Canadian Field Epidemiology Training program and was actively involved in the surveillance, prevention, and control of infectious diseases across Canada. Margaret is also certified by the Canadian Nursing Association in Gerontology and has over 28 years of experience in healthcare. She has been teaching in various capacities since 2009. Throughout her career, Margaret has managed multidisciplinary teams locally, nationally, and internationally and is skilled at project development, implementation, and evaluation. She has written, presented, and published scientific papers relating to the epidemiology of diseases, the evaluation of programs, and the development and implementation of collaborative networks. Margaret has also been a technical advisor for UNAIDS.

Kristina Maguire, Nursing Instructor

Kristina began working as a sessional instructor at VIU in the fall of 2014. Her passion lies in perinatal nursing but she has discovered that working with students can be just as rewarding. She received her diploma in nursing from Grant MacEwan Community College, her bachelor in nursing from the University of Victoria, and is in the midst of a Master of Nursing at the University of Victoria. She also has a BA in English Literature from the University of Alberta. Her areas of research interest are in neonatal and infant pain management, infant sleep, global health, and promoting child health equity.

Jane Marriott, Nursing Instructor

BSN; Critical Care Specialty; CNCC (c)

Jane graduated with her BSN with honours from University of Saskatchewan and has over 15 years of nursing experience with a focus on cardiology and ICU nursing care. She has worked as both a cardiac care and intensive care unit educator and taught for the High Acuity Nursing program at BCIT for 6 years prior to moving to Nanaimo. Currently, she works part-time as a bedside ICU RN at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Jane’s professional areas of passion are critical care nursing, pathophysiology, and cardiology as well as the application of knowledge and theory to the practice of nursing through clinical teaching.

Patricia Meyer, Nursing Instructor


Patricia’s career started with 22 years as a Canadian Forces Nursing Officer focusing on ICU, and later, cross cultural nursing in Haida Gwaii. Nursing education has consumed the later third of her career, first at Grande Prairie Regional College and then at Vancouver Island University. She left full-time teaching in 2011 and has taught sessionally since 2012. Patricia got her MN at Athabasca University, focusing on experimental learning, and her BSN from University of Victoria in 1992. Patricia’s professional passion focuses on first and second year student success, fostering critical thinking and transferring theoretical knowledge into practice, and working relationally in practice.

Elizabeth Patola, Nursing Instructor


Elizabeth has 24 years of critical care experience. She joined VIU in 2008 as a sessional instructor. She also works in critical care areas (General ICU, PACU, and Cardiac Surgery ICU) within Island Health and Providence Health. Elizabeth graduated with her Diploma of Nursing from BCIT and after completing a Certificate of Critical Care Nursing, Elizabeth went on to complete her BSN and her Master of Nursing with a teaching focus. Elizabeth enjoys facilitating students to bridge their classroom theory into hands-on practice.