PNABC Peak of Excellence Conference presented by STERIS Canada and Stryker
June 9th-12th, 2022 - Kamloops, B.C.


  • Honorific: Dr.
  • Credentials: RN, BScN, MN, PHD
  • Job Title: Associate Professor, School of Nursing TRU
  • Bio:

    After graduating with a diploma in nursing in 1989, Dr. Duchscher’s early career was focused on developing expertise as a direct care nurse, researcher, leader and educator in cardiothoracic and high acuity (critical care) contexts.  Instrumental to her early development was a 10-year tenure developing and coordinating heart, lung and multi-organ donor transplant teams across Canada and the United States. Judy’s commitment to advanced education can be seen in her acquisition of a Post-Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care Nursing from the University of Manitoba, a Diploma in Cardiovascular Nursing from Stanford University in California, a Clinical Transplant Coordinator Diploma from John’s Hopkins in Baltimore, Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certification through the American Association of Critical Care Nursing, a Post-RN Baccalaureate and Master’s degree in nursing from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD from the University of Alberta. For the past 23 years Dr. Duchscher has been an active researcher and consultant in the area of new graduate professional role transition – work for which she has received 32 national and international grants, awards and scholarships. The findings of her research generated a theory of Transition Shock and a model of the Stages of Transition resulting in the publication of more than 18 peer-reviewed articles, 2 books, 10 book chapters and the delivery of over 400 keynotes and workshops throughout Canada, the United States, Australia and Asia on the topic of new nurse integration. In 2003, Dr. Duchscher founded and then served as the Executive Director of a federally registered non-profit nursing organization entitled Nursing The Future (NTF). For 10 years this provincially funded (Saskatchewan Ministry of Health) organization served as a bridge between the ideals taught in undergraduate nursing education and the realities of the ‘real’ world of professional practice, offering grassroots support to graduates struggling with their entry into the workplace, leadership opportunities to students and new graduates who led transition support networks across Canada, and an international conference that supported knowledge translation and dissemination on the topic of professional role transition. After taking a momentary break in 2014 to return to acute-care where she managed a 41-bed telemetry unit, Dr. Duchscher returned to academia in 2018 as an Associate Professor at Thompson Rivers University and re-engaged in her work with new nurses.  In 2020 she was seconded by the Canadian Nurses Foundation to re-establish Nursing The Future as the national platform of support for new nurses in this country. Dr. Duchscher maintains that “it is the vision, creativity and passionate commitment of these young professionals, supported by the expert knowledge and practice experience of their senior mentors that will drive nursing and healthcare forward”.

  • Topic: KNOW the way, GO the way, SHOW the way: Leadership in a Chaotic World
  • Presentation Synopsis:
Dr. Judy Duchscher
The Peak of Excellence in Perioperative Care
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Thank you to our Sponsors and Exhibitors who committed to the 2022 Peak of Excellence in Perioperative Care Conference presented by STERIS Canada and Stryker

Presenting Sponsors

  • STERIS Canada
  • Stryker

Gold Sponsors

  • Interior Health

Silver Sponsors

  • Cardinal Health
  • Medline

Bronze Sponsors

  • 3M Medical Health Solutions
  • Associated Health Systems
  • BD
  • Boston Scientific
  • Gore
  • Karl Storz Endoscopy Canada
  • Keir Surgical
  • LeMaitre
  • Olympus Canada
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • Zimmer Biomet Canada Ltd.
  • Hologic

Exhibitors Sponsors

  • Acart Equipment Ltd.
  • Clarion Medical Technologies
  • Fibertech Canada
  • Galen Medical Ltd.
  • Getinge Canada Ltd.
  • Integra Canada
  • Medtronic
  • Nurses and Nurse Practioners of BC

Raffle Sponsors

  • Steven's
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