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.
Director of Education
I am a former Emergency Department nurse healing from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, harm reductionist, educator & community advocate. My lived experience with trauma and violence in the workplace left me isolated from a medical world once so familiar; but has brought me on a journey of healing far beyond the bedside, beyond western medicine, and has landed me here - in a place of deep compassion and empathy for the other nurses still out there in need of support.
Nurses are heroes who deserve to be held with grace and our stories are important.
Still just a human learning how to be human, I am a dedicated student of life-long learning. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Art History & Psychology, a Graduate Certificate in Victimology, a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a Critical Care specialty in Emergency Nursing. I am a passionate advocate for public education and empowerment through education, equity-oriented care, cultivating resilience through trauma-informed practices; as well as the widespread accessibility, normalization, and integration of cannabis & psychedelic plant medicine into modern healthcare as a natural alternative for a multitude of therapeutic needs.
Co-founder and Peer Support Director
Having worked as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse for over 10 years and experiencing my own mental health challenges and a psycho-spiritual crisis, I have learned that the healing journey often thrives in a holistic lens. My practice is focused on incorporating shamanic practices, plant integration medicine, and alternative healing modalities in the care of others.
I have found a passion for teaching, creating safe spaces for others, and diving into topics on consciousness and wellness. Coming from a place of self-compassion and acceptance can open many doors of possibility in life. I am a proponent of self-care as one way to better manage a life that can seem chaotic and stressful.
My hope for nurses is that they may wake up to their potential to dream the reality that sparks them.
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 become specialized in Emergency Department nursing. I understand that emergency situations bring out the best and worst of humanity and has 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 own 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 wellbeing 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.
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.
Certified Medical Service Dog
Sirius is Sarah Krell's partner in her post-traumatic growth journey.
WHO WE ARE
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. Learn more about our work by getting in touch with our team today.