High Acuity Nursing Program

Samantha McWilliams, RN, BScN, MScN, CNCC(c)

Sam holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from St. Francis Xavier University, and a Master of Science in Nursing degree specialized in Nursing Education. Her thesis focused on oral care in preventing ventilator associated pneumonia. She also received her National Certification in Critical Care Nursing from the CNA. Sam started her nursing career in vascular surgery and then transferred to intensive care, which is where her passion for critical care began.

Sam has been working with the Learning Institute faculty since 2019. She previously held the role of Program Lead for the Critical Care Nursing Program and has recently transitioned to Program Lead for the High Acuity Nursing Program, which she will be developing. Sam enjoys the fast pace that critical/high acuity care offers within the nursing profession and researching new and innovative approaches to delivering care to this patient population. She further values the importance of simulation learning as a hands-on, interactive approach to deliver education, and enjoys watching learners integrate newfound knowledge and skills into their practice.

In her personal time, Sam’s interests include spending time with her husband, young daughter, and German shepherd at their cottage, being outdoors, and doing anything that involves physical activity.

902-229-9841 | Samantha.McWilliams@nshealth.ca

The Nova Scotia Health Learning Institute for Health Care Providers offers education programming designed to meet the needs of learners across the province and strengthen our health care system. We are committed to delivering high-quality, evidence-informed programming that enables providers to develop and maintain foundational and specialty competencies.