Meet The Team
Melissa Waddell RN, BScN
I'm a registered nurse since 2012 residing and working mostly in Edmonton, Alberta. Nursing in Primary Care Practice became a passion of mine when I switched from Emergency Medicine in 2018. Since entering a leadership role in 2019 my goal has been to enhance education and awareness of all the wonderful work Primary Care Nurses do within Family Practice. I'm excited to be a part of the APCNA to contribute to enhancing this specialty in nursing and provide it the recognition it deserves.
Abbie has been a Registered Nurse for 18 years. She has worked in numerous areas of nursing in her career but since 2008 has been working in the Primary Care setting. Over the past ten years, she spent 4 years as a PCN RN assisting family physicians in managing chronic disease. She then moved into clinical care coordinating for a Primary Care Network in the Edmonton area for 2 years. Finally since 2013 she has been working as the Senior Education & Clinical Supervisor with the Palliser Primary Care Network in Medicine Hat. Abbie says 'I am happy to say that so far working within the primary care setting has been my most rewarding part of my career."
Alycia graduated from the Bilingual Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the U of A, Campus Saint-Jean, and began her career in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. After working there for a few years she transitioned to Labour and Delivery at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Through seeing patients at their most vulnerable in both the ICU and while becoming parents, Alycia became drawn to the concept of primary care and began applying on positions with the Primary Care Networks. In December 2019 Alycia began working in a clinic with the Edmonton West Primary Care Network, and transitioned to the role of Clinical Educator for the EWPCN in September 2020. During her time as Clinical Educator Alycia has been working on a Nursing Role Review and Nursing Optimization project to help better define and support Primary Care Nurses, and recently obtained certification as a Change Management Professional. She is really looking forward to this role with the APCNA to continue to work at a provincial level to support Primary Care Nurses across Alberta.
Taysia graduated from Lakehead University in 2011. For the majority of her career, she has worked in Emergency departments across Canada most recently at the U of A. In addition to her critical care background, she also had the opportunity to work as an organ donation coordinator with the Trillium Gift of Life network. Lifelong education is important to her she is currently working on obtaining her diabetes educator certificate, nutritionist diploma and her Master's degree in nursing education. While relatively new to primary care, only joining the Edmonton West Primary Care Network in May of 2021, she has discovered her true passion in helping her patient find their true health potential in a primary care setting. She looks forward to working within the APCNA to bring awareness to and enhance the specialty role of the primary care nurse.
Kate graduated from the Licensed Practical Nurse program at Northern Lakes College in 2011. She has worked at various healthcare settings initially focusing on maternity care and woman’s health. Her transition to primary care occurred 6 years ago enhanced her nursing experience to include team-based management of their complex patients, prenatal and newborn care, and health education and promotion. In 2020, Kate joined the Grande Prairie Primary Care Network’s practice transformation team. As manager of the team and associated program, Kate provides leadership to transformation staff and a group of primary care nurses working in their own family practice settings. Kate is energized by the opportunity to be a part of an up-and-coming specialty of nursing that is family practice nursing and to be able to give nurses an opportunity to provide collaborative team-based that supports better health outcomes for patients. She is a passionate advocate for the patient’s medical home model (PMH) of care and maximizing the role of nurses in advancing implementation of the PMH.
Chantal received her training at the Lethbridge College and has been a Registered Nurse for 28 years. Her earlier nursing journey included areas in acute care, psychiatry, maternity/child, antepartum and gynecological surgery. Primary care has been her focus for the last 20 years. Since 2010 she has been in the role of Clinical Care Coordinator for Bigelow Fowler Medical Clinics in Lethbridge, Alberta. At this 23 physician family practice clinic, she leads quality improvement teams in efforts to provide the most efficient and evidence-based comprehensive health care with timely access for their panelled patients. In addition, she is involved with guiding and creating clinic policies and arranging continued learning for staff and patients.
Her latest adventure is assisting patients with tobacco cessation as a trained QuitCore Facilitator.
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Kim Daniels RN,BN
Kim graduated nursing school from the University of Lethbridge in 2008. Kim had worked in Primary Care throughout her schooling and after graduation, took a position at the Campbell Clinic in Coaldale, where she spent the next 11 years offering Primary Care Nursing expertise and working alongside a multidisciplinary team to the full scope of practice. Kim moved into the position of Clinical Care Coordinator within the clinic adding Quality Improvement and process and policy management to the long list of skills and duties within the clinic.
In 2019, Kim moved to her current position of Clinical and Quality Improvement Lead with the Chinook Primary Care Network Central Support Office. This role allows Kim to put the Primary Care clinic voice front and center when it comes to process and policy making strategies across the province and within the community.
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Alena Thompson, RN, BScN
Alena graduated from the MacEwan diploma program in 2001, then was able to complete her BScN through U of A in 2009. She began her career at Bonnyville Health Centre in rural nursing. Her focus quickly became obstetrics. Alena was also able to instruct for MacEwan’s rural delivery nursing program for 2 semesters. Once the Bonnyville Primary Care Network established in 2006, she developed and ran the OB Clinic prenatal care program for over 7 years. She also helped develop and perform the role of Patient Educator. From there, Alena went back to Bonnyville Health Centre in roles including Clinical Safety Coordinator, Clinical Educator and Clinical Care Coordinator in acute care. This gave her more experience and skills in program development, staff education and leadership. Back to her passion, Alena returned to the Bonnyville PCN to develop the Bonnyville Child & Adolescent Mental Health Clinic alongside a community board, then settled back into primary care nursing. She is currently the Clinic Lead and working with her team to develop and grow the Family Practice Nurse role for her community. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org