On July 31, 2018, a long time Occupational Health Nurse passed away. We remember Carole as a kind, gentile, knowledgeable, outstanding nurse who was a mentor to many in the occupational health community.
Carole began occupational health nursing in 1971. She worked for a number of organizations developing comprehensive occupational health and hygiene programs. Carole remained in her last position for over 20 years and through six changes of company ownership. Her employers gave her tremendous support in her practice, research, leadership and career development endeavors. Carol was one of the first occupational health nurses who wrote the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) certification exam and following that, challenged the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses’ exam and was one of two Alberta nurses who were successful in that exam.
As well as excellence in practice, Carole was very involved in the AOHNA, AOHNA committees, Canadian Occupational Health Nurses’ Association/Association Canadienne des Infirmieres et Infirmiers en Sante du Travail (COHNA/ACIIST), and as a guest speaker locally, nationally and internationally at conferences and seminars.
Carole was on the AOHNA Provincial Executive from 1985 to 1989 in positions of President Elect (1985 – 1986), President (1986 – 1988), Past President (1988 – 1989). She was a recipient of two Ruptash – Mandryk Awards; in 1988 – Exemplary Service and in 1991 – Nurse of the Year. Carole served on several committees:
• Canadian Chemical Producers Association: sub-committee on occupational health and safety
• Heart Health committee, Leduc – Strathcona Health Unit
• Grant MacEwan Community College Advisory Committee for the Occupational Health Nursing Certificate Program
• Canadian Standards Association sub-committee on Special Ventilation Requirements for Health Care Facilities • U of A Occupational Medicine Program Advisory Committee
• U of A Occupational Health and Safety Certificate Program Advisory Committee
From 1983 to 1986, Carole was a Board Member on the National Association of Occupational Health Nurses’/ Association Nationale des Infirmire et Infirmires en Sante du Travail (NAOHN/ANIIST). From 1987 to 1991, she was Vice President, President and Past President of NAOHN/ANIIST.
Carole was involved in the discussions and consultations that dissolved the NAOHN/ANIIST and the formed the COHNA/ACIIST. Carole is remembered fondly by many occupational health nurses as a warm, genuine friend who shared her knowledge and experiences generously.