Emergency Nursing Program
Joy Zozuk, RN, BScN, MN
Joy is a graduate of the Dalhousie BSc in Nursing Program; and earned a Master’s in Nursing from Athabasca University. She has been a nurse for 17 years with the majority of her time spent in the emergency department. She worked at the Dartmouth General ER for 10 years prior to moving to sunny San Diego, California, in 2004. During her 8 years in California, Joy worked as a fill-time travel emergency nurse for several years prior to going into her true passion — nursing education.
During her time educating in the nursing program, she was a part of a college that built a new nursing department that had a state-of-the art simulation laboratory and interactive learning systems to support instruction.
As the educator of the Med-Surg course, she pioneered the way within the faculty in terms of the creation and implementation of simulation exercises as integrated modules of the curriculum. As the educator of the pharmacology course, Joy designed, produced, implemented, and instructed the first online course to be offered in the nursing program. She was awarded the “Instructor of the Year — Excellence in Teaching” award for these two milestones. In May 2011 Joy was awarded an assistant professorship. In August of 2012 she moved back to Nova Scotia, to be closer to family.
902-473-2176 | Joy.Zozuk@nshealth.ca
Ruth Kinnear, RN, BN
Ruth joined the Learning Institute team in 2019 as faculty with the Emergency Nursing Program (ENP). Ruth has worked in medicine, cardiothoracic, renal, and emergency departments that have all provided vast experiences. The people that have impacted Ruth’s career, includes family, health care workers, patients and their families.
From her earliest memories she has always had a passion for learning and sharing that knowledge. Ruth’s chosen profession has provided her with the opportunity to combine travel and work, networking with people from around the world.
902-222-3719 | Ruth.Kinnear@nshealth.ca
Sandra Johnson, BScN, RN
Sandra graduated from Cape Breton University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and began her career as one of the first entry levels in the Emergency Department. After spending some years there, she quickly realized she gravitated towards the more critical patients and made the transition to Intensive Care. She practiced as a bedside nurse in Cape Breton Regional’s Intensive Care Unit for several years, acting also as a preceptor for both the Critical Care Nursing Program as well as the Emergency Nursing Program. She became the hospital’s first Clinical Resource Nurse for the Intensive Care and Coronary Care Unit. It is through this job that she began to help facilitate labs and simulations with the Critical Care Nursing Program. She joined the Learning Institute as a permanent employee in the summer of 2019 with the Emergency Nursing Faculty, while still offering lab and simulation supports to the Critical Care Nursing Program. Sandra is passionate about the transition and integration of novice practitioners to critical care areas. She is also an advocate for meaningful reconciliation with our First Nations, Inuit and Metis, and works tirelessly to end stigma in health care. Sandra has almost completed her Master’s in Education from the University of New Brunswick.
When not at work you can usually find Sandra with her family in a rink somewhere in the province, watching her son play hockey. Sandra loves to travel and is an amateur photographer. She lives in Glace Bay with her husband of 25 years, Scott, daughter Kennedy, son Xavier, and her dog Marny.
902-574-1015 | SandraD.Johnson@nshealth.ca
Krystyna Black, BScN RN, ENC(c)
Krystyna graduated from Dalhousie University with a BSc in Nursing in 2014. She worked most of her career at the Dartmouth General Hospital, starting on a medicine unit then transitioning to the Emergency Room to advance her knowledge and skills. She completed the Emergency Nursing Program in 2019 and quickly achieved her National Certification in Emergency Nursing from the Canadian Nurses Association. She remained in ER full-time for 5 years, then decided to mix up her skills and work part-time ER and part-time ICU for a year. During this time, Krystyna started taking extra education courses and worked casually with NSCC as a nursing instructor to get her feet wet in her eventual career path – nursing education. Krystyna has always been an advocate for education, either taking courses herself or by preceptoring, orientating, and mentoring staff and students. She loved introducing emergency nursing to others with whom she could share her passion. She began at the Learning Institute in 2022 as a Nursing Instructor with the Emergency Nursing Program and she’s never been happier.
Krystyna has always been a big advocate for education and change, having taken many courses and participated on numerous committees to better patient care. Emergency medicine and nursing is constantly evolving and changing, and Krystyna looks forward to being a small part of that change by educating future ER nurses. She plans to continue her own education and eventually will take a Masters of Education to help solidify her passion for teaching.
Outside of work you can catch Krystyna with her partner and friends or family, trying new foods as a self-proclaimed “foodie”, travelling the world, and visiting her old home of Cape Breton.
782-641-6936 | Krystyna.Black@nshealth.ca
Steve Baker, BSc, RN
Steve joined the Learning Institute in 2023 as a Clinical Instructor for both the Critical Care and Emergency Nursing programs, bringing with him over 35 years of nursing experience. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph, Steve completed the diploma nursing program at Conestoga College in 1987 and over the next 14 years worked in Critical Care units in Ontario, B.C., Texas and Maine.
Steve transitioned to Emergency Care at a busy rural hospital while also spending time as a clinical instructor and providing primary care at remote outposts in northern Ontario. He developed a clinical educator role for Critical Care and Emergency and guided the reduction of Emergency Department wait times while on the Performance Improvement team. Arriving in Nova Scotia in 2021, he continues to provide patient care at the Emergency Department of Digby General Hospital.
Steve earned the CNA certification in Emergency Nursing in 2007, has a graduate diploma in Toxicology, a certificate in Project Management and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
902-399-5564 | Steve.Baker@nshealth.ca