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Supporting Novice Critical Care RNs

Presented by: Caroline Penner

Description: Critical care units have increased numbers of novice nurses. Time, practice and connections are required for nurses to move from novice to experienced nurse. The transition educator position was created to provide a personal connection during the challenging role of a novice critical care nurse.

About me: I graduated from VGH School of Nursing in 1989. In my program I had the opportunity to spend one month in ICU. This was when I decided ICU was my destination. I started working for Fraser Health in 1990 at SMH, took my BCIT Critical Care education in 1993 and went to ICU at SMH in 1994. Until 2015, I remained dedicated to point of care nursing and was not interested in any other role. After filling in as clinician, I went on to be a BCIT instructor, patient care coordinator, ICU clinician, and most recently the Fraser Health Critical Care Program (CCP)  CNE for Fraser South. In April of 2022, I joined the national board of directors for the CACCN. At that time, I also took the newly created role of regional transition CNE for career placement and advanced training (CPAT) in critical care.

Stay tuned for details on our next presenter! 

World Congress is coming to Vancouver in 2025!

World Congress on Intensive and Critical Care

Canadian Critical Care Nursing Conference - Sept 25-27, 2023

Next one is Mar 9, 2023
at 0900h BC Time

CACCN National Sponsored Webinar

These are CACCN members-only events. Click on the link, log in to the Member’s Only section and go to “Events” to learn more and register. Some past events are available in the members only section of the website.

February was Black History Month.


While there are many ways to honour Black History Month, here are a few resources to reflect on:

CACCN National's Journal Club

CACCN’s National Journal Club – Stay tuned and join the upcoming ones to be held on:

Save the dates! More information will be coming about these upcoming Journal Club Events.

Want to Speak for Us?

We are Planning our next event and are looking for speakers. Are you a critical care nurse? Do you have a great idea, or are working on a project? Do you want to share your story with other critical care nurses? Let us know!

British Columbia CHapter

Set between the province of Alberta and the Pacific Ocean, British Columbia is Canada’s most westerly province. BC entered the confederation in 1871, Victoria is our capital city and we have a population of approximately 4 million people.   There is a rich first nation’s art and history to discover. Vancouver, although not our capital is a multicultural, cosmopolitan city with something for everyone.

Chapter Executive

President –  Sybil Hoiss (until April 2024)
Leader of Strategic Initiatives, Quality Lead for the BC Sepsis Network – BCPSQC

Vice President – Allana LeBlanc (until April 2024)
CNS Vancouver General Hospital ICU & HAU – Vancouver Coastal Health

Secretary & FHA Rep  – Emily Taylor (until April 2024)
CNS Fraser Health Critical Care Network – Fraser Health Authority

Social Media – Vini Bains (Until April 2024)
CNS Critical Care –
Providence Health Care

CCSEC & BCPSQC Representative – 

Upcoming Events


CACCN is a national association of nurses dedicated to the advancement and innovation of clinical practice, research, and leadership in critical care. 

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