MEET THE FOUNDERS

N2NPS began with three nurses who envisioned a better future for the nursing profession. A future where nurses provide support for one another. A future where nurses' are no longer at risk for Occupational Stress Injuries or Psychological distress because of their profession. Come meet the founders. 

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KATRINA STEPHENSON

Founder and CEO

Over the last 15 years, I have focused my nursing career in the harm reduction field and caring for individuals challenged by Concurrent Disorders. I also have lived experiences, which support my ways of knowing. I have compassionately cared for both my patients' traumas and my own work related PTSD.


In order for nurses to provide safe and holistic care, we need adequate supports from the government, insurance agencies, employers, regulatory bodies, unions and peers in order to create psychologically safe workplaces.


As a Harm Reduction Nurse, I believe it is essential for us all to understand and care for people with mental health and substance use challenges in such a way to reduces stigma and discrimination. Storytelling is powerful in changing the negative climate surrounding many health conditions and disabilities.

FOLA VICKERS

Co-founder and Peer Support Director

Having worked as a Psychiatric Nurse for over 11 years and experiencing my own mental health challenges and a psycho-spiritual crisis, I have learned that the healing journey often thrives through a holistic lens. My practice is focused on incorporating shamanic practices, plant medicine integration, and alternative healing modalities while holding space for others. 

As a proponent of self-care, I believe that a life of chaos can shift into one of more compassion and acceptance, thus opening the doors to infinite possibilities of life.


My hope for nurses is that they may wake up to their potential to dream the reality that truly sparks them.

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SARAH BOHACHYK

Co-Founder and Advocacy & Education Director

I was part of the first graduating class from MacEwan University to receive a Bachelor of Nursing Degree and have practiced as a Registered Nurse for 10 years. I have devoted my time as an RN to becoming specialized in Emergency Department nursing. I always advocated for my patients to be treated with the utmost respect and dignity.


I have maintained an active role in the department, from Peer Mentorship Program to Quality Council Committees. In 2018, I became the first person to lead and integrate CoACT-based collaborative patient care initiatives into an Emergency Department setting within Alberta. I am currently working on a Masters in Nursing from Athabasca University.


In 2020, the impact of working a decade in the Emergency Department took its toll. I experienced my battle with work-related PTSD. The process of seeking help and navigating the system while injured was traumatizing in itself and I am determined to help other nurses in the same situation. During these unprecedented times, I strive to advocate for the well-being of my fellow healthcare professionals and ensure they are not alone. I believe it is time for compassionate, competent care to be provided to fellow healthcare professionals.

SARAH KRELL

Chief Operations Officer

My nursing career has traversed of majority of areas in public and private arenas. I have worked in surgery, critical care, ICU, CCU, sessional teaching at the University of Alberta, management, occupational health, safety and consulting. I decided to focus my practice on Occupational Health when I really saw a need to "do better" within public and private sectors supporting staff and families. People spend about 1/3 of their life at work. It is important for me to create supports to help individuals and family in all life stages. I have supported patients and staff through trauma while healing from PTSD. I am fortunate enough to have a certified medical service dog "K9 Sirius" as a partner in my power-traumatic growth. 

As a life-long learner, I found a passion for creating strong teams that maximize organizational capabilities, operations and staff performance. I am a nationally certified Occupational Health Nurse with a BScN in Nursing from the University of Alberta, Masters of Science in Nursing, Masters in Business Administration - Healthcare Administrations from University of Mary and post-graduate certificates in Project Management, Conflict Resolution & Negotiation from NAIT. 

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K9 SIRIUS

Certified Medical Service Dog

Sirius is Sarah Krell's partner in her post-traumatic growth journey.

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With N2NPS, our goal is to promote great opportunities for those in need. With access to the right resources, nurses can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential.

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