2020 New NLN Board Members

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Donna Leybourne, a self proclaimed vivacious nursing advocate, graduated from Loyalist College in 1993 as a Registered Nurse. She began her career working as a surgical RN before decreeing her love for Critical Care nursing in 1997.  At that same time, she received her Critical Care diploma. In 2001, Donna received her Canadian Nurses Association Critical Care Specialty Certification. She is currently completing her MBA through James Cook University. Donna has gained valuable leadership experience while working in several nursing specialty areas and roles, such as Post Anaesthetic Care Unit, founding member of the Rapid Response Team, an ICU Charge Nurse, and Cardiac Surgery Coordinator . She began her current role, as Critical Care Program Manager /Rapid Response (RACE) Team Manager in 2016. Donna has sought several leadership opportunities through collaboration on QI projects such as Nurse Navigation, Chair of Unit Base Council, and the ICU RN Mentorship Project. Donna is also a member of several committees such as Kingston General Hospital Emergency and Critical Care Conference Planning Committee, KHSC Nursing Practice Council, Critical Care Program Council and Nursing Leadership Network Board of Directors. Her most recent endeavour is co-chair of the Kingston Health Science Center Nightingale Challenge Committee. 

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Dawn Donaldson
grew from a University of New Brunswick/Humber College Bachelor of Nursing student in the Emergency Department, to a staff nurse (Emergency Department and Critical Care Response Team), then a Patient Care Coordinator and is currently a Patient Care Manager at Mackenzie Health. She has had the distinguished pleasure of being a member of the successful Davies Award team in 2019, completing a Patient Care Redesign and then a revision of model of care for a 2-site hospital, mass recruitment for two units, succession planning in her program, and operational readiness activities as needed for a 2 site model among other things.  Dawn is currently working on her Master of Health Management from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University and she is the Manager of two Ortho rehab/Complex Continuing Care/Alternate Level of Care units at a Reactivation Care Center.


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Sue Bookey-Bassett is an experienced Nurse Educator and Researcher with experience in various nursing roles in direct practice, education, and research. Sue has recently joined Ryerson University's Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing as Assistant Professor and currently teaches in the undergraduate, graduate and post-diploma programs. Sue is a PhD student at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. Sue's doctoral research is focusing on the relationship between nursing work processes, the physical work environment and fatigue in acute care nurses. She has been an active member of RNAO throughout her career.



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Martha Harvey is an accomplished senior healthcare leader with over 30 years of extensive experience in acute, rehabilitation and ambulatory care. Her expertise is leading and executing strategic operational initiatives, as well as supporting complex change management principles to achieve successful and transformative outcomes.  As a registered nurse with a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Quality, Martha’s role as Director of Operational Readiness for West Park Healthcare Centre’s new $1.2B hospital redevelopment project is to lead strategic future clinical/operational planning, program and service development, and operational readiness initiatives to prepare all stakeholders to operate in the new hospital opening in 2023.  She is keenly involved in Pre-Occupancy and Post-Occupancy research focused on the effects of the healthcare environment on patient, provider and organizational outcomes, and is a member of the Canadian Standards Association to develop National Standards for this type of evaluation.  


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Kim Cook
 is a progressive and accomplished Nursing Leader and Management Consultant with over twenty years of experience in Senior Nursing Executive roles across multiple healthcare sectors. Kim is currently the Vice President Programs and Chief Nursing Executive at West Park Healthcare Centre. A recognized Nursing executive in interprofessional practice and evidenced informed care, Kim have been instrumental in leading innovative organization redesign and implementing models of interprofessional care that transforms service delivery, promotes excellence in care, and supports improved patient outcomes. Throughout her career, Kim has been involved in many professional organizations and has previously served as the NLN President. Kim is leading the RNAO BPSO BPG implementation at her current organization and is engaged in the inaugural RNAO Ontario Health Team BPSO implementation. Kim earned a Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration from D’Youville College and received the department award for academic excellence. Kim is lean certified and holds a certificate in Adult Learning and Development through the University Of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

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