Natalie has been a Registered Nurse for over 15 years, and her connection with the School of Nursing began as a student, where early on, she revealed her leadership qualities as the president of the Graduate Student in Nursing Association (GSNA). As alumna and staff member, Natalie helped to establish, and now manages the SON’s Clinical Practice Placement Unit (CPPU), which ensures that each undergraduate nursing student and student nurse practitioner receives the quality clinical practice experience required to complete their education. Natalie interacts with multiple clinical sites to ensure both or undergraduate and graduate nursing students have access to relevant clinical practice experiences during their degree program. The CPPU works collaboratively to streamline practice placement processes to facilitate students practice experiences with external organizations.
In her role as a manager Natalie is also an active member of the School’s anti-racism committee (ARC). Natalie co-led the development of the ARC committee’s comprehensive work plan to foster an equity-oriented, culturally safe, and decolonizing environment. This work includes embedding an anti-racist orientation in policies and practices, and building the leadership capacity of students, faculty and staff to be agents of structural change within the university, the nursing profession and health care system. She also works collaboratively with the School’s Indigenous Cultural Safety committee, recognizing the need to focus on the unique Indigenous experience at UBC.
Natalie is one of the 2022 recipients of the UBC President’s Staff Awards for Antiracism and Inclusive Excellence. Natalie promotes inclusive excellence by encouraging faculty and staff professional development to build equity, inclusion and anti-racist competencies. Natalie is a leader in building respectful and inclusive environments that reflect the diversity of students and nurses within the academic setting. She has also been instrumental in including students in anti-racism work and supported the development of a Student Anti-Racism Caucus (SARC).