The Association of Registered Nurses of BC

As the professional association representing Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners, ARNBC is committed to ensuring that the voice of all members are heard. Many nurses have indicated their interest in learning about their nursing colleagues across the province from all domains of practice, and from every stage of their career. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to profile just some of B.C.'s fantastic nurses each month.

Lisa Bourque Bearskin RN, MN, PhD

Lisa is a Cree/Metis member of Beaver Lake Cree Nation, in Treat 6 Territory, Associate Professor, and New Researcher with the Thompson River University, School of Nursing. After 25 years as a Registered Nurse she began her teaching career working with Maskwacis Community College/Health Center in Alberta and Arctic Nursing program in Iqaluit Nunavut and the University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing where she developed and delivered Indigenous-nursing initiatives. Lisa was awarded her PhD in Nursing in 2014. She served as the President of the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association from 2013-2017 contributing to advancing Indigenous nursing leadership. In 2017 she received the Canadian Nurses Association Award for the Top 150 Nurses. Lisa has a strong passion to invest in First Nation, Inuit, and Metis, rights to appropriate health care and to work within the health care system to enhance peoples understanding of Indigenous health that is responsive to the client and nurse's cultural integrity. Currently, she is working with nurses and various communities to enhances understandings of Indigenous nursing knowledge and social determinants of health, focusing on Indigenous wellness that maintains cultural integrity of nurses practice and supports Indigenous clients’ sovereignty.

Interview Questions  (click to view)

  1. What led you into the nursing profession?
  2. How did you get to where you are today?
  3. What do you find most challenging in your current role?
  4. What do you find most rewarding in your current role?
  5. What advice would you give to new nurses or individuals considering nursing as a career?
  6. Nursing is...

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