Mental Health and Addictions Nursing Specialty Program

Sandra Beumer, MEd, BScN, RN, CPMHN(C), CCSNE, CCNE

Sandra brings over 30 years of Mental Health and Addictions experience to the learning environment. Prior to joining the faculty at the Learning Institute, she worked in a wide variety of practice settings where she held various clinical and education positions. Throughout her career, she has worked to improve the quality of care and services provided in Mental Health and Addictions designing several practice initiatives that earned Quality Awards.

She holds a Master Degree in Education and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from St. Francis Xavier University. She completed post-graduate specialty education in psychiatric mental health nursing and achieved certification in the specialty from the Canadian Nurses Association. She recently completed the Simulation Certification Program through the Canadian Nurse Educator Institute and received the designation of Canadian Certified Nurse Educator (CCSNE). Sandra is excited to join us and work in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing programs. As faculty, she will continue to contribute to the quality of mental health and addiction services by teaching and supporting current and future learners in the various mental health programs at the Learning Institute.

Her personal interests include spending time with her family and training their Shiloh Shepherd (Rosco) to be a future pet therapy dog. She also enjoys reading, gardening, travelling and taking long walks in the great outdoors.

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Jennifer Smith, BScN, RN, MN

As a faculty in our Mental Health and Addictions program, Jennifer values a collaborative and invitational approach to teaching and learning. A BScN graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, Jennifer’s professional experience includes adolescent concurrent disorders and youth forensic nursing. Recently completing her Masters in Nursing with a teaching focus through Athabasca University, Jennifer is eager to share her areas of passion which include strength-based and inclusive learning, trauma-informed care, and family-centered care.

Outside of her professional role, Jennifer is an avid reader and writer who enjoys spending her free time with her family on their country property. Jennifer is the mother of three young boys who motivate her to be curious of, and strive for, meaningful and continuous learning each and every day.

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Tia Proulx, BScN, RN, CPMHN(C)

Tia graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2015. She has since completed post-graduate specialty education in psychiatric mental health nursing and achieved certification in the specialty from the Canadian Nurses Association.

Following graduation, she eagerly started work in the mental health field. She has benefited from experience working as a nurse in Acute Care Inpatient Psychiatry, working as a member of the Eating Disorder Treatment Team, and completing Rapid Psychiatric Assessments in the community. She has found facilitating group therapy and program development to be the most fulfilling and rewarding components of her job. She hopes to continue to develop these skills through supporting the education of mental health and addictions clinicians.

Her personal interests include any activity that include her dogs (Pepper & Lemon), exploring Nova Scotia, going out to eat, and spending time with her friends and family.

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Diane MacLean

Diane joined the Learning Institute in January 2020 as a part-time/casual nursing instructor supporting the Mental Health and Addictions Nursing Specialty Program (MHANSP) and the Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention (SRAI) Program. In addition to this role, Diane brings over 38 years of diverse nursing experiences within Central Zone, including 20 years with mental health and addictions, 13 years with public health, and 5 years of clinical informatics. These experiences help Diane provide a broad range of perspectives to this role. Diane retired in 2016 and has worked casual since to stay close to practice and obtain ongoing challenges and stimulation.

Diane’s mental health and addictions nursing roles have included inpatient services, short stay crisis intervention unit, psychiatric emergency assessment, acute day hospital, and the N.S. Early Psychosis Program. Her Public Health roles have included working in school-based youth health centres and with the Health Protection Team (Communicable Disease & Prevention). Prior to retirement, Diane did a deep dive in the field of clinical informatics working with the information management/information technology department.

Outside of professional practice, Diane is married with one daughter (both spouse and daughter are RNs working in mental health and addictions — a family of nurses!). She enjoys reading, artwork, interior design, and aspires to stay physically fit.

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.