Council Members

President: Cynthia Bryanton

Education:

  • 2004, BScN, St. Francis Xavier University
  • 1984, RN, PEI School of Nursing

Experience:

  • 2013-present, Director of Nursing, Prince Edward Home, Beach Grove Home, Sherwood Home

Prince County Hospital:

  • 2005-2013, Director of Hospital Services
  • 2004-2005, Director of Ambulatory Care
  • 2001-2004, Nurse Manager, Emergency Department
  • 1998-2001, Nurse Manager, Obstetrics/Pediatrics
  • 1996-1998, Head Nurse Medical Floor
  • 1994-1996, General Hospital Nursing Supervisor
  • 1984-1994, Staff Nurse, Medical Floor

Professional Activities:

  • Chair, ARNPEI Professional Conduct Review Committee
  • Past ARNPEI Councillor
  • Member, Canadian Health Executive

Robin Laird, President-Elect

Education:

  • 2012, Masters in Health Studies, Athabasca University
  • 2005, BN, University of New Brunswick
  • 1992, RN, PEI School of Nursing
  • Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma Training

Experience:

  • 2015-present, Director of eHealth, Clinical Operations, Health PEI
  • 2008-2015, Wait Times Coordinator, Health PEI
  • Casual RN at Souris Hospital, Colville Manor and QEH ER
  • 2005-2008, UPEI First Clinical Nursing Instructor, Riverview Manor & KCMH
  • 2006, Health Promotion Nurse, Southern Kings
  • 2000-2008, In-Patient and Emergency Room Nursing, KCMH
  • 1992-1999, Med-Surg, John Peters Smith Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas

Professional Activities:

  • Member, ARNPEI Professional Conduct Review Committee
  • Member, ARNPEI Nursing Education Program Advisory Committee
  • Participated in jurisdictional review session for Canadian RN Exam

Darrell Chaisson Vice-President

Education:

  • 2011, BN, Athabasca University
  • 2011, Health Care Administration Diploma, University of Saskatchewan
  • 1991, RN, St. Martha’s Hospital School of Nursing, Antigonish, NS

Experience:

  • Currently - Crisis Response Nurse, Kings County Memorial Hospital
  • 2004-Feb 2016, Critical Care ER Nurse & Staff Nurse, KCMH
  • 2008-2013, Nursing Supervisor, Whisperwood Villa
  • 2000-2008, Casual Nursing Supervisor, Lennox Nursing Home
  • 1998-2004, ER and Staff Nurse, Souris Hospital
  • 1993-1998, Hillsborough Hospital (Nursing Supervisor, Staff Nurse, Pharmacy Nurse)

Professional Activities:

  • Served on ARNPEI Professional Conduct Review Committee
  • Served on Provincial Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee in Standardizing Drug Manual
  • for all PEI Hospitals

Melanie Bruce (Eastern Kings)

Education:

  • 2011, BScN, University of PEI

Experience:

  • Aug 2012-present, Learning Manager, Holland College Practical Nursing Program
  • Aug 2012-present, Casual RN, Souris Hospital
  • July 2011-Aug 2012, RN, Souris Hospital

Professional Activities:

  • Attend annual conferences

Kevin Ryan (Southern Kings)

Education:

  • 2015, BScN, University of PEI
  • 1994, BA, Acadia University

Experience:

  • Jan 2016-present, ER, KCMH
  • 2015, Gills Lodge

Tracey Hagan O'Connor (Queens)

Education:

  • 1997, BN, University of New Brunswick
  • 1989, RN, PEI School of Nursing

Experience:

  • 2014-present Primary Care RN
  • 1999-2014 Nurse Educator/PICC Inserting Nurse, QEH
  • May-Sept 1999, Staff Nurse, Unit 4 - Maternal Newborn, QEH
  • Sept 1998-May 1999, Learning Manager, Holland College Practical Nursing Program
  • 1995-1999, Clinical Instructor, Holland College Practical Nursing Program
  • 1989-1999, Staff Nurse, Unit 2 - Surgical, QEH

Professional Activities:

  • Chair IV Therapy Committee (QEH, Home Care, and Community Hospitals East)
  • ARNPEI Nursing Week Committee
  • 2012 Pink Glove video at QEH - organized with 2 other RNs
  • Provincial Surgical Accreditation Committee
  • President, PEI Chapter of CVAA
  • Past Member, ARNPEI Awards Committee

Trevor Cudmore (Queens)

Education:

  • 2012, BScN, University of PEI

Experience:

  • Aug 2015-present, Resident Care Coordinator, Garden Home
  • Jun 2014-Aug 2015, Director of Care, Andrews of Summerside
  • Jan 2014-Jun 2014, Casual RN, PCH & QEH ER Departments
  • 2012-Jan 2014, RN, University of Alberta, Northern Lights ER Departments

Professional Activities:

  • PEI Gerontological Nursing Association Board - Education Committee Lead
  • Past Student Representative, ARNPEI Council
  • Past Board Member, Canadian Nursing Students Association

Valerie Hughes (Queens)

Education:

  • 1986, BN, University of New Brunswick

Experience:

  • Oct 2014-present, Nursing Supervisor, QEH
  • Apr 2006-present, Nurse Manager, ICU/CCU/PCU, QEH
  • Apr 2003-2006, Nurse Educator, ICU/CCU/PCU, QEH
  • Mar 2000-2001, Staff Nurse, OR, QEH
  • Jan-May 1998, Clinical Instructor, UPEI
  • May 1989-1999, Staff Nurse, ICU/CCU, QEH
  • 1987-1989, Casual at QEH
  • 1986-87, Obstetrics, DECH

Professional Activities:

  • Chair, Resuscitation Faculty of Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • Member, Steering Committee for CCENP (Critical Care/Emergency Nursing Program)

Melissa Panton (East Prince)

Education:

  • 2016, MN, Nurse Educator, University of New Brunswick
  • 2009, Perioperative Certification
  • 2002, BScN, University of PEI

Experience:

  • 2012-present, Clinical Educator, Surgery/Restorative Care, PCH
  • 2006-2016 (various terms), Clinical Instructor, University of PEI
  • 2002-2012, Staff Nurse, Surgery/Restorative Care, PCH
  • (float nurse temp in 2006-2007)

Professional Activities:

  • 2015-2017, ARNPEI Councillor for East Prince
  • 2012-present, ARNPEI Board of Examiners (participated in 2 Item Review Panels in Chicago in relation to NCLEX)
  • 2012-present, ARNPEI Professional Conduct Review Committee (participated in 5 Panels, Chair for 3)
  • 2013-present, ARNPEI Nursing Week Planning Committee
  • 2015-present, ARNPEI Strategic Plan Working Group (Strategic Plan Development for 2017-2020)
  • PCH:  Standards Committee; Nursing Advisory, Medication Reconciliation, Infection Control Committee, Central Venous Access Committee, Discharge Planning
  • Provincial:  Clinical PSSG, Nursing Group (CIS), Clinical Nurse Educator Workshop Working Group (founder), RN Role Clarity

Bethany MacIsaac (West Prince)

 

Education:

  • 1998, BScN, University of PEI

Experience:

  • Public Health Nursing
  • Ambulatory Detox, East/West Prince
  • OPD/Acute Care, Community Hospital
  • Float and Medical Floor, PCH
  • High Risk Antepartum/Postpartum, Foothills, Calgary

Professional Activities:

  • MAST
  • BRIDGE,
  • Triple P Parenting facilitator
  • Minimal Intervention facilitator for the Province

Megan Smallwood (East Prince)

Education:

  • 2015, NP, University of Toronto
  • 2005, MN, University of Manitoba
  • 2002, BScN, University of PEI

Experience:

  • 2016-present, NP, Provincial Geriatric Program
  • 2015-2016, NP, Beach Grove Home
  • 2003-2015, RN, Cancer Treatment Centre
  • 2002, 2006-2008, RN, Unit 1, QEH

Professional Activities:

  • Certification in Oncology Nursing
  • Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association

Karalee McAskill UPEI Student Nurse Representative

Public Representative TBA