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Learning Institute Leadership

Carla MacDonald, MN, RN, CNCC (c)

Carla MacDonald graduated from STFX University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has spent the majority of her career working in aspects of Adult Critical Care, including Flight nursing on Nova Scotia’s Provincial Helicopter LifeFlight, as faculty of Critical Care with the Learning Institute and most recently as interim Director for the Learning Institute.

In 2011, Carla obtained her Masters of Teaching with Nursing focus from Athabasca and is CNA certified in Critical Care. Carla’s love of nursing and passion for quality patient care is evident in any project she is leading. A passionate learner and never afraid to challenge the status quo, Carla has had the opportunity to see the many facets of health care through her career.

At home, Carla is a proud mom to Abby and Ryan and can often be found at a rink, baseball field or basketball court with her kids. Carla feels immense honor to lead the team at the Learning Institute, as she feels each team member is striving every day to achieve excellence in the work they do.

902-759-4106 | Carla.MacDonald@nshealth.ca


Treena Campbell, BScN, RN, CNCC(C)

Treena Campbell is a nurse with a passion for education. After 18 years of nursing, with 16 years spent working with critical care patients, she recently received her National Certification for the Canadian Nurses Association. Prior to that, Treena participated in the New Graduate Initiative in critical care, and briefly worked as Database and Quality Coordinator in the critical care field.

Treena is excited to join the Learning Institute and work with the RN Bridging / Re-entry Program. In her spare time, you can find her curled up with a good book, travelling, or taking pictures of her friends and family.

902-473-7389 | Treena.Campbell@nshealth.ca


Jeff Hawley, BSc, BScN, RN, CNCC(c)

Jeff graduated from Dalhousie University in 2004 with a BScN. Following graduation, Jeff packed up and moved to Texas where he spent 3 years working on an acute stroke unit. He returned home to Nova Scotia in 2007 to begin his career as an ICU nurse at the Dartmouth General Hospital, achieving certification in Critical Care Nursing from the CNA in 2011. During his career at the bedside Jeff frequently preceptored and mentored students and new staff members. From 2012–2015 Jeff was a Clinical Nurse Educator covering a variety of clinical areas including ICU, cardiology, family medicine and transitional care.

In August 2015 Jeff brought his clinical and educator experience to the Learning Institute while working with the Critical Care and Emergency programs. Jeff became Program Lead for the Critical Care Nursing Program in 2020, and then Program Lead for the RN Bridging Program in April 2021. In December 2021 Jeff assumed the position of Manager: Learning and Education Resources at the Learning Institute.

Entering the nursing profession later in life, Jeff also holds a BSc from Saint Mary’s University. A firm believer in lifelong learning, heis currently enrolled in the Master of Adult Education program at ST. F.X. and scheduled to be finished in May 2022. He lives in Fall River, Nova Scotia, with his wife and three children.

902-456-5873  | James.Hawley@nshealth.ca