Treena Klassen, RN, BN, ASMH, MEd
Treena began her career providing a full spectrum of mental health/illness care across the lifespan. This work included crisis intervention, chronic and persistent mental illness, life skill development, group therapy, pediatric specialty care, and seniors’ mental health. I worked in the not-for-profit sector and public health in acute, sub-acute and community. During this time, I completed a 2-year certificate in advanced mental health. I went on to become a regional educator where I was responsible for providing mental health and mental illness education across all specialty areas to professionals and non-professionals in 5 acute and 10 non-acute facilities. At this time, I completed a masters of education with a focus on lifelong learning. This experience provided the opportunity to branch into accreditation, human resource management, facilitation, policy development, program development, and organizational redesign. My next role provided the opportunity to design a regional chronic disease management program and an operational plan for the integration of community and acute mental health services. For the last 12 years, I have been the executive director of Palliser Primary Care Network. I was the founding Executive Director and currently oversee 41 primary care clinics with close to 70 registered nurses (and several other professional health care staff). We are focused on development of the clinics into Health Homes and optimizing the health-care team to provide exceptional patient focused service. Further to my commitment to provide excellence in administration I have been pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration and am thrilled to be moving into my thesis stage where I will focus on supporting primary care RN leadership through dialogue and collaboration.
Katie Dilworth, RN, BScN, MHSc-HP, CCHN(C)
Katie began her nursing career in home health nursing providing direct care to clients in the community. This included everything from postpartum and newborn care to palliative care for the elderly. One of the most challenging issues she faced was helping clients with AIDs, many of whom were palliative. Ultimately this lead Katie toward a career in public health after returning to university to obtain a certificate in health promotion followed by a master’s of health science in health promotion.
Katie’s public health nursing role included health promotion at the individual level (e.g.: communicable disease control, working with high risk mothers and babies) to population health (e.g.: tobacco cessation, obesity prevention). Early in her public health nursing career, Katie was selected for an interchange opportunity with Health Canada as lead investigator for the Levels of Service Evaluation project exploring methods of providing services for high risk pregnant women.
Katie progressed through several nursing leadership roles including leading her organization in achieving designation as a Best Practice Spotlight Organization. She achieved CNA Certification in Community Health Nursing and went on to develop a national study group recently recognized by CNA with an Employer Recognition award. Currently, Katie am Chief Nursing Officer in her health unit, providing visible leadership with specific responsibility and accountability for professional nursing issues, quality and resources.