The NSCN Board is the governing body responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization and ensuring that NSCN meets its mandate of public protection. The Board consists of members of the public appointed by government and registrants elected by the nursing profession.
From March 8-26 2021, the NSCN Nominating Committee began the process to replace the vacancies of one LPN and two RNs and/or NPs to serve on the Board and help regulate the practice of nursing in the public’s interest. After reviewing all of the applications, the committee has advanced for election three registrants who best meet the desired competencies, skills and attributes needed to fill the Board vacancies.
Meet the Nominees
Dawn McKenna, LPN Vacancy
Hi, my name is Dawn McKenna and I am an LPN working for Nova Scotia Health in Antigonish.
Being an LPN since 1979, I have experienced many aspects of nursing. I have been involved in many organizations and committees over the years, providing my suggestions, solutions, and input to improve situations that arise, which has given me great experience. I am always a team player, courteous, honest, reliable, respectful and a hard worker.
Previously being on the Board of Directors for the Heatherton Group Home, it has shown me how a group of dedicated individuals with determination and hard work can provide such a wonderful outcome for others. It has shown me many avenues that are available as resources and many contact people who are always ready and willing to share their expertise and knowledge so that others can learn. I have learned so much from this Board.
Recently, I had the pleasure to do clinical instruction with PN students in which I used my communication skills with a younger generation. Explaining and demonstrating procedures to students and knowing that they understood was a reward to me. Problem solving as a group is important to teach future LPNs. A great experience!
I have recently retired as a full time LPN and am now working in a casual position. I have seen many changes in the LPN role and now that I have more time, I wish to become more involved with NSCN.
Parteek Brar, RN/NP Vacancy
Hi, my name is Parteek Brar and I am an RN working for Nova Scotia Health in Sydney.
Good board practices are the key. I have always condoned financial risk-taking behavior during my time at the Cape Breton University's Board of Governors. Public disclosures of public-private partnerships are essential. Making sure board members do not have a conflict of interest. Risk management is essential and forming a focused sub-committee on any risk-associated matter can strengthen the governance and administration.
I meet the desired competency of leadership by coming prepared for all board meetings, being respectful to other board members and by showing up to meetings regularly and on time. I also meet this competency by admitting to mistakes, following rules set by policies and by-laws and standing up for what is right.
With the huge influx of students, transportation to [Cape Breton] university was a big issue. I organized a survey for all students to find the busiest routes and times where more buses were needed. I presented the information to the [Cape Breton University] Board with a potential solution to cost-share with the local municipality to start a Sunday bus service. Later, I was able to present the same analysis to the municipality, which started the Sunday bus service in Sydney.
I am a male registered nurse from the underrepresented South-Asian community. I am a young energetic nurse with an international background and can bring a fresh and diverse perspective to the Board. I aspire to play a role in preserving the integrity of nursing.
Rachel Sullivan, RN/NP Vacancy
Hi, my name is Rachel Sullivan and I am an RN working for Nova Scotia Health in Halifax.
I am a registered nurse working as a Health Services Manager. In this role, I am responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of two ambulatory clinics and one inpatient unit including financial management and reporting. I am hardworking, respectful, open, an excellent communicator and well respected. I have a passion for nursing practice and patient care, which led me to complete my Masters in Nursing in 2017.
I seek and value the opinions of others and promote and facilitate a collaborative approach to decision making. I have developed positive working relationships with staff, colleagues and physicians throughout the organization. This ability to work with others has allowed me to successfully participate in and lead quality improvement initiatives and changes that improve patient care.
I seek information from various sources, both qualitative and quantitative. I break complex issues down into smaller components, while asking questions as to why this is happening. I seek input from various team members and collaborate with others from various departments as necessary. My goal is to use these findings to identify a solution that encompasses best practices and aligns with the strategic direction of the organization while meeting the needs of the patients.
I have a passion for nursing practice and desire to use my experience and skills to contribute to the vision and strategic direction of the college. This position would enable me to grow professionally, while positively impacting nursing practice in Nova Scotia and the public in which we serve.
As part of the election process, the NSCN By-Laws also require the Nominating Committee to place a second call for registrants who wish to apply for a Board vacancy. The second call is in place to provide registrants with an opportunity to determine whether they wish to run against the nominees advanced by the Nominating Committee.
If no new eligible registrants apply, the nominees advanced by the Nominating Committee will win by acclamation. If new eligible registrants apply, the Board will hold an online election from April 26 to May 10, 2021.
If you wish to apply and possess the required and desired competencies, skills and/or attributes, please review the information below and submit the following materials by 1 p.m. on Friday, April 16:
- Online application form (found below)
- Statements of Support forms from five other NSCN registrants who support your nomination
If you have any questions or require assistance, contact Shelly Spears, Customer Experience Coordinator, at Shelly.Spears@nscn.ca.
Preparing for the Application
The Nominating Committee is seeking to replace 1 LPN and 2 RNs and/or NPs on the Board who possess the following two competencies:
- Leadership: ability to provide leadership by building relationships within the community and broader healthcare system and seek to create positive change in the public interest.
- Analytical Thinking: ability to address matters analytically from a broad systems and strategic perspective in the public interest.
Members of underrepresented groups in Nova Scotia are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition, the committee has determined that the following skills are assets but not requirements to fill the current vacancies:
- Have financial experience;
- Work in administration or management; and/or
- Have risk assessment/management experience.
You have the ability to provide examples of how you meet the skills and/or attributes and any other experience you think is relevant as part of the application form.
Board members serve in a volunteer capacity. To recognize Board members’ time and service to the public, they are provided a modest honorarium and compensation of expenses to attend the meetings. The Board meets for two consecutive days (or 16 hours) during each quarter (typically in February, April, September and early December) and for the one-hour NSCN Annual Meeting held in May. Board members also spend approximately 3-6 hours preparing in advance of each meeting at their discretion. Meetings occur in-person at the NSCN office in Bedford except during the COVID-19 pandemic where meetings are held virtually.
Please use current or previous examples from:
- Board experience;
- Work experience; and/or
- Volunteer experience, including with non-nursing organizations.
As part of the application process, you are required to obtain the signatures of five other registrants who support your nomination. These registrants must submit individually an online Statement of Support form by 1 p.m. on April 16.
In completing this requirement, please remember:
- You are accountable to ensure that each individual is a registrant of NSCN and that all five Statement of Support forms are submitted by the deadline of 1 p.m. on April 16.
- Your application and their forms do not need to be submitted at the same time. They can submit their Statement of Support forms at any time up until the deadline.
- You will not be eligible to advance for election if the Nominating Committee does not receive all five Statement of Support forms by the deadline.
The NSCN By-Laws state that applicants must seek signatures of support from five other NSCN registrants in order to be eligible for nomination. The Nominating Committee is unable to advance your name for election if they do not receive statements of support from five other registrants
The Nominating Committee has identified a need for applicants who possess the competencies of leadership and analytical thinking because this is what best enable the current Board in its oversight role at this time.
As a regulator, the Board governs using a competency-based model, which identifies the competencies, skills and attributes required on the Board and seeks candidates who possess the same in order to have a Board that is best able to represent the public interest. This is different from a traditional association model where Board members represent specific registrant groups, geographical areas or practice settings. Since all Board members are required to represent the public’s interest, this model incorporates best practice, reflects the Board’s accountability to the public, and recognizes that the Board functions best when there are individuals with diverse competencies, skills and attributes.
Starting the Application
All designations of nurses (LPN, RN or NP) are eligible to apply if you are:
- In good standing;
- Obtain the signatures of five other registrants who support your nomination;
- Hold a practising licence or a conditional licence, unless there is a condition restricting you from serving on the Board;
- Are able to meet the competencies, skills and/or attributes sought by the Nominating Committee and provide other information that outlines how your experience and qualifications align with the Board Composition Matrix.
To apply, complete the online application form below along with Statement of Support forms from five other registrants who support your nomination by April 16 1 p.m.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be accepting paper applications. If you need technical support during the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Shelly Spears, Customer Experience Coordinator, at Shelly.Spears@nscn.ca.
Your application will become unresponsive and you may lose your work if you step away from the application for more than 24 minutes. As a result, we suggest that you reflect and prepare in advance and set aside sufficient time to complete the application.
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After Submitting the Application
The Nominating Committee will review your application and advance for election all eligible nominees. If there are more nominees than Board vacancies, the Board will hold an online election from April 26 to May 10 and notify all registrants at this time.
The Nominating Committee was established by the Board to help facilitate the nomination and election of registrants to the Board. The committee must include the immediate past Chair, one public representative and one registrant of the current Board. In 2021, members include Charmaine McPherson, Sheri Price and Betty Thomas. Click here to read about each member of the committee.
The Nominating Committee will email you their decision by April 26. Since all communication will occur by email, please include your preferred email on the application form.
April 26 to May 10: Online election if there are more nominees than Board vacancies. Eligible registrants will be able to vote until 1 p.m. on May 10.
May 13 to 18: Online election if there is a tie vote between two or more nominees. Eligible registrants will be able to vote until 1 p.m. on May 18.
By May 20: Introduction of the incoming NSCN Board at the 2021 NSCN annual meeting.
Thank you for your interest in the NSCN Board. Please submit your application by Friday, April 16 at 1 p.m. Before you begin, please note:
- You are able to scroll up and down and move to different sections of the application.
- Since this is a live form, it is not possible to save your application and submit it later.
- The application will become unresponsive and you may lose your work after 24 minutes of inactivity.
- If you are experiencing issues with the application form, please first ensure your browser is up-to-date.
- As part of the application process, NSCN must receive a Statement of Support from five other NSCN registrants who support your nomination by the application deadline. You do not need to submit your application and the five forms at the same time.
- Most sections in the application are required and have a maximum word count.
- Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
If you have any questions or require further assistance, please contact Shelly Spears, Customer Experience Coordinator, at Shelly.Spears@nscn.ca.