Perioperative Nursing Program

Shelley Haynes, RN, BScN

Shelley joined the Learning Institute team in 2020 as Nurse Educator for the Perioperative Nursing Program (PONP). Shelley holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Dalhousie University. She is completing a Master's in Health Studies at Athabasca University. Shelley began her health care career nursing in the emergency department at Dartmouth General Hospital and after two years joined the DGH Surgical Suites staff as a PACU and OR nurse.

Shelley is a lifelong learner and has a passion for nursing education. Her last position was Clinical Nurse Educator for the Victoria General and Dartmouth General Hospital operating rooms.

Shelley is excited to be part of the PONP faculty, providing nurses with the specialized knowledge, skills, and clinical experience required to consolidate learning and develop competence in the operating room environment.

When not at work, Shelley enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, hiking, camping, and travelling abroad.

902-222-5641 |

Jocelyne Granger, RN, CPN(C)

Jocelyne has been faculty with the Perioperative Nursing Program at the Learning Institute since 2011. Jocelyne also adds a noteworthy 30 years of Canada-wide practice to the collective experience. Working in emergency, critical care and perioperative areas have strongly informed and enhanced Jocelyne’s work at the Learning Institute. As faculty in the Perioperative Programs offered at the Learning Institute she continues to strive for excellence in teaching current and future perioperative nurses.

She spends her free time travelling with her family.

902-473-8732 |

Nicole Hunter, RN, BScN, MN

Nicole joined the Learning Institute team in 2018 as faculty with the Perioperative Nursing Program (PONP). Nicole holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Dalhousie University and earned a Certificate in Counselling Skills from Red River College. She has also completed a Master's of Nursing degree at Athabasca University.

Nicole has a diverse work history and, entering the nursing profession later in life, her nursing career has primarily been within the perioperative practice setting. Nicole is a strong believer in lifelong learning and is eager to support nurses transition into this specialty setting.

902-476-6097 |

Niki Deneault, RN, BScN

Niki joined the Learning Institute as a Nursing Instructor with the Perioperative Nursing Program in the fall of 2022. Niki has her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alberta, Perioperative Nursing certificate from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and has completed a course in Adult Education.

Niki is very passionate about operating room nursing, continuing education, and is looking forward teaching the perioperative nurses of the future.

When not at work, Niki enjoys camping, biking, and travelling with her husband and two children.

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.