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Agnes T. Black
Running for: Director at Large
I believe passionately that all nurses can use our training and our roles to be advocates and change agents for our patients, their families and the health care system. We can do this at the bedside, in the classroom, in leadership roles, as researchers, and at healthcare policy tables.
In my 20 years of nursing, I have worked in public and community health, in cancer care, with marginalized populations, on research projects, and in leadership. I am currently working at Providence Health Care as the Research Leader in Professional Practice, supporting nurses and other point-of-care clinicians to engage with research and to conduct their own small-scale research projects to improve patient care. I have worked to bring nurses to the research table as full partners with other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
I completed my BSN at the University of Washington, and my Master of Public Health at Simon Fraser University. I am an adjunct professor at the UBC School of Nursing, and have been fortunate to work in a role that bridges nursing practice and academia. I was honoured to receive the ARNBC Award for Excellence in Innovation in 2016, and the CRNBC Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice in 2013.
If elected to serve on the ARNBC Board of Directors, I will bring a strong, practice-based voice to nurses in settings across BC, as we work together to create a more equitable, patient and family centred healthcare system.
Outside my regular job, I am an active volunteer in local and international settings, including serving on the board of Casa Materna, an organization that supports safe deliveries for high-risk pregnant women in rural Nicaragua. I love hiking, gardening, travel, and spending time with my two almost-grown children, Ben and Annie, my husband Tim, and friends.