Critical Care Nursing Program
Jamie Ingram, BN, RN, Adv. Cert. BCCN, MN, Adv. Cert. Adult Education
Jamie graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2010 with a BN. After graduating, she worked in a variety of bedside care areas including medicine, palliative care, orthopedic surgery and critical care. A few years later, Jamie moved to Saskatchewan where she completed an Advanced Certificate in Basic Critical Care Nursing and worked on a Surgical Intensive Care Unit. In 2017, Jamie began working as faculty for the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and adjunct professor for the University of Regina. During her time there, Jamie completed her Master of Nursing degree and obtained an Advanced Certificate in Adult Education. In 2019, Jamie moved to Nova Scotia and accepted a position on the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit where she worked until she transitioned to her role with the Learning Institute and the Critical Care Nursing Program.
Jamie is married and has two children that keep her quite busy. During any downtime Jamie and her family enjoy spending time outside, camping and exploring Canada.
902-266-3988 | Jamie.Ingram@nshealth.ca
Samantha McWilliams, BScN, MScN, RN, CNCC(c)
Samantha graduated from StFX in 2013 with her BScN and began her nursing career in the Vascular/General Surgery Intermediate Care Unit. She then moved on to Critical Care where she worked for the next four years. In 2019, Samantha completed her Masters of Science in Nursing Specializing in Education and in 2020, achieved her National Certification in Critical Care Nursing from the Canadian Nurses Association.
Samantha has been part of the Learning Institute team since 2019. She is incredibly passionate about Critical Care and expanding the knowledge and skills of learners provincially seeking this level of education. Dedicating herself to life-long learning, Samantha enjoys the fast-pace in which Critical Care offers to the nursing profession and researching new and innovative approaches to delivering care to this patient population. Samantha further values the importance of simulation learning as a hand-on, interactive approach to deliver education and enjoys watching learners integrate new-found knowledge and skills into their practice.
In her spare time, Samantha enjoys running and being active outside with her husband and German Shepherd.
902-229-9841 | Samantha.Landry@nshealth.ca
Rachel Rizcallah, BScN, RN, CNCC (c)
Rachel graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2007 and began her nursing career working in general medicine/IMCU. Upon completion of the CCNP program in 2009, Rachel spent the next 12 years working in Critical Care, most recently as a Clinical Nurse Educator. In keeping with a love of life-long learning, Rachel earned her CNA certification in Critical Care in 2017, and in 2019 began her MSc.N through Memorial University, focusing on evidence-informed practice and leadership in nursing.
Over her career, Rachel has enjoyed being a preceptor and mentor for new nurses, sharing her passion for the unique and dynamic specialty of Critical Care nursing. Rachel feels fortunate to have cared for many patients and families during their times of critical illness and is excited to see learners expand their knowledge and skills, integrating them into practice.
In her spare time Rachel enjoys spending time with her young family, being active, and travelling.
902-717-7481 | Rachel.Rizcallah@nshealth.ca
Lisa Gillis Rochon, RN, BN, CNCC (C), CCSNE
Lisa graduated from the Aberdeen Hospital School of Nursing in 1993 in New Glasgow, NS. After graduation, Lisa started her professional career in Texas where she specialized in Neuro Critical Care at a large teaching hospital in the Dallas area. While in Dallas, Lisa also worked on a critical care resource team floating between ICU, CCU, NCCU, and ER. After working 10 years in Texas, Lisa moved back home to Nova Scotia and spent the next 11 years working at the bedside in the Halifax Infirmary on the Med/Surg/Neuro ICU (5.2) and Cardiovascular ICU (5.1). Lisa's experience in both of these ICUs provided her the opportunity to focus on the care of an organ donor and their family, which then lead to work as an Organ Donation Coordinator for 5 years.
During her time at the Halifax Infirmary Lisa was able to complete her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Athabasca University. Lisa has also obtained her national certification in Critical Care Nursing (CNCC) and recently successfully completed the Canadian Certified Simulation Nurse Educator (CCSNE) program. Lisa is currently enrolled in the Masters of Education program through Mount Saint Vincent University.
As a lifelong learner and preceptor, Lisa is extremely proud and excited to be a part of the Learning Institute's faculty for the Critical Care Nursing Program since 2020.
In Lisa's spare time, she like to comb beaches for sea glass, travel and spend time at the “bungalow” out on the Mira with her husband.
902-499-6758 | LisaA.GillisRochon@nshealth.ca