CONTINUING CARE ASSISTANT
MARLENE FAIRHURST-VAUGHAN, RN BScN | DEPARTMENT HEAD | HALIFAX
A graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, Marlene began her nursing adventure in Houston, Texas on a busy cardiac unit. After feeling a pull to return to the Maritimes she joined the team in the Coronary Care Unit at the Victoria General Hospital (now known as the QEII Health Sciences Centre) in Halifax, NS.
Marlene's passion for teaching was sparked by an opportunity to work with a medical equipment company, providing workshops and in-services for nurses. Prior to joining da Vinci College, Marlene enjoyed 14 years working alongside some of the best researchers in Canada within the specialties of cardiology, kidney transplant and hematology. It is during this time that a great appreciation was gained for the specialized care that is needed and required for our geriatric population. Much of her research experience involved seniors with a debilitating disease. Marlene is a past facilitator with the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) where she provided a link between RNs and the college's educational information.
In June of 2008, Marlene received her certificate in adult education from Dalhousie University. She specializes in Alzheimer's training and has been a facilitator of the Azheimer's Disease and Other Dementia (ADOD) care course since 2009. Teaching in the CCA program offers Marlene the opportunity to build a strong team of caring, professional and highly skilled individuals. Empowering and inspiring CCA students to appreciate and value the importance of their role is a journey that she fully enjoys.
KIM SOWINSKI, RN | DEPARTMENT HEAD | HALIFAX
Kim received her Nursing diploma from Georgian College in 1997 and was employed in both homecare and long-term care before turning her passion for education into a career. She began her nursing career working as a front line care provider, in both home care and long term care. Kim was proud to be part of a humanitarian effort in 1999, when Canada supported the evacuation of many citizens from war torn Kosovo.
She became a certified foot care nurse in 2000, providing foot care all over areas of HRM. She began her journey as a health care educator by facilitating in-services for the multidisciplinary health care team. An approved Palliative Care facilitator, Kim specializes in palliative care and received her Certificate in Adult Education from Dalhousie University in 2006. Kim believes the CCA program provides a wonderful opportunity for those wanting to make a difference in people’s lives. She feels fortunate to be involved in educating new staff to be part of this growing industry.
NICOLE MARCHAND | DIETICIAN | HALIFAX
Nicole Marchand graduated at the top of her class with her Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition in 2010. After spending two summers learning about agriculture and the cultivation of fruits and vegetables in Quebec, Nicole began her profession as a private dietitian in Halifax in 2012. She uses her knowledge of seasonal and whole foods to help clients
reach optimal health through teaching them how to cook as she feels health stems from the kitchen. She has a lot of knowledge and interest in the topics of diabetes and weight control as well. In 2014, Nicole was thrilled to take a position with da Vinci College where she can teach her students about nutrition and how to prepare healthy and delicious, individualized meals for their clients.
JANET MILLAR | PHYSIOTHERAPIST | HALIFAX
CCA students benefit from the knowledge and wisdom of Janet Millar, daVinci College Physiotherapist, while studying body mechanics. A graduate of Acadia and Dalhousie universities, Janet has spent most of her 40+ years as a Physiotherapist working in Neurosciences. In 2006, Janet retired from her Physiotherapy practice at the QEII Health Sciences Center, but she continues to be very active in the community.
She has been the Maritimes Parkinson Clinic coordinator since its inception 12 years ago; she has acted as the Physiotherapist for the Dartmouth Stroke Club for 34 years; and, over the years has practiced and taught at several local continuing care facilities, as well as the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Center. She now shares Nursing Staff and Allied Health Care Professionals Safe and Efficient Body Mechanics, a program she developed, with our CCA students in an atmosphere that is fun, skill oriented and focused on client and provider well-being.
PATRICIA DAVIS, LPN | CLINICAL SUPERVISOR | HALIFAX
Patricia became an LPN in 1989 and continued her education at Memorial University and Cabot College from 1993 to 1994. She started her career at Lake Side Homes in Gander, NL, and has gone on to work in an Alzheimer’s Unit, a Special Care Unit and as an Ambulance Escort. In 2002, Patricia moved to Nova Scotia with her family and began working with Scotia Homes.
She gained further experience working with St. Vincent Guest House, a Rehab Centre with Capital Health, and finally at Camp Hill Veterans Building. Since 2009, Patricia has shared her insight with our CCA students; she feels that it is a truly rewarding job where she can share her healthcare knowledge and experience.