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In her more than 30 year nursing career, Laureen’s passion has always been direct patient care. For the first 25 years after graduating with a diploma in nursing, she worked in a variety of clinical areas in acute care including surgery, pediatrics and ostomy/wound care. During this time she completed her BSN and Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence Certificate. The 5 years she spent as the NSWOC at a tertiary acute care hospital was a career highlight and sparked a passion for pressure injury prevention and staff education. Laureen went on to complete her Masters in Nursing from UBC in 2014. Since leaving acute care and the bedside, she has worked in a variety of educator, management and leadership roles and is currently the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Skin and Wound Care in Interior Health. In her current role, she is responsible for promoting evidence-informed and standardized skin and wound care practices across the health authority.

Laureen is an active member of a number of regional and provincial committees including the Provincial Nursing Skin and Wound Committee, and is the chair of the Skin & Wound Value Analysis Team and IH Regional Wound, Ostomy and Continence Working Group. She has been active with NSWOCC for a number of years and was the Regional Director for BC & Yukon from 2008 to 2011. She is currently involved in the working group revising the NSWOCC Best Practice Recommendations for Enterocutaneous Fistula.

Laureen and Peter, her husband of over 30 years, are the proud parents of 3 adult children and grandparents to 4 furry granddogs. Her spare time is spent traveling (Europe is a favourite) and enjoying all that the Okanagan Valley has to offer including wine and outdoor activities.