. : 2016 Chapter Champion
ONIGA – North Chapter Champion; Kathryn Calder
Kathryn Calder began her nursing career 25 years ago on inpatients at the Cross Cancer Institute and has worked here ever since. Though she began her BScN program at the University of Alberta with the intention of becoming a midwife, a lecture on Oncology Nursing in 3rd year changed her focus and goals. Over the last two and a half decades Kathryn has worked in inpatients, Pain and Symptom Control research, covered in OPD, and worked with the Tumour Bank during which she earned her MN (research and teaching specialty) from the University of Alberta. She also served as a nursing representative on the Research Ethics Board for ten years and maintains a keen interest in legal and ethical issues in healthcare, health research, and public policy. Kathryn currently works as a Stem Cell Transplant Coordinator and fully expects to spend the rest of her career in some aspect of Oncology Nursing. Most of her off-work hours are devoted to being single mother to 6 year old son Jonathan.
Kathryn is excited about ONIGA North’s renewed commitment to nursing education; especially the intent of using numerous approaches, times, and formats. As
worksite and life demands change, it is assuring to know ONIGA is aware and
responsive to the need for flexibility and creativity in providing the
education Oncology nurses need to remain confident and proficient.
Greater Toronto Chapter of Oncology Nurses Champion; Sonali Kirshenbaum
ONIGA – South 2016 Oncology Nursing Day Chapter Champion
Tevi Helland-Nergaard, RN, BScN, CON(C)
Tevi Helland-Nergaard is a clinical research nurse at the Tom Baker Cancer Center in Calgary. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Victoria in 2015. Tevi has 30 years of experience in emergency nursing including ICU/CCU/ED. She found her passion in oncology nursing in 2003 and spent three years in Systemic Therapy before moving to the Clinic Research Unit. Tevi has held a leadership position in the research unit and is currently working as a primary nurse accruing and caring for patients on clinical trials within the Genitourinary and Neuro-Endocrine tumor groups. She has also collaborated on a published article to understand the barriers of accrual to clinical trials. This invaluable research was presented as a poster the CANO conference in 2009 and published in several journals. She is currently working on an abstract to identify and quantify the clinical trial-associated workload impact in the systemic area. She is also part of the ONIGA—South Chapter’s Local Planning Committee in preparation for the upcoming CANO conference in Calgary in October. Recently, Tevi was nominated by a patient and family and was awarded the Tom Baker Cancer Centre’s fifth DAISY Award which recognizes extraordinary nursing care. What she loves most about oncology is the nurse-patient relationship that is formed with patients and family members while going through their cancer journey. She also enjoys the diversity in oncology nursing roles and functions across the cancer continuum, from clinical assessment, patient and family teaching, treatment, supportive care, symptom management and end-of-life care. Tevi states, “few jobs allow the nurse patient-relationship grow in this manner that you feel included as part of their family. The knowledge I have gained as an oncology nurse is rewarding not only in my professional career but also in my personal life.” Tevi lives with her husband Mark, children Victoria and Kristian along with their dog Nemo. Tevi likes yoga and is an avid skier, golfer, hiker, and participates in triathlons during the summer months.