The registered nurses at Access Community Therapists are certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses (WOCN's) and are registered with the College of Registered Nurses of BC. Our nurses primarily work in wound care including wound assessment, treatment and management.
Susan Andrews is a certified wound ostomy and continence nurse who works part time as an enterostomal therapist at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster B.C. and also works with Access on the wound prevention program for spinal cord injured individuals. Susan recently participated in the creation of a Canadian Best Practice Guideline for Spinal Cord Injury and Pressure wounds and worked for several years at the Provincial Spinal Cord Injured Wound Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital. During this time she completed an electrical stimulation course and lead annual conferences related to Spinal Cord Injury and Wound Care. Susan completed her nursing degree in 1998 at the University of Victoria and her wound ostomy and continence course at Emory University in 2005.
Heather has worked in a variety of nursing roles over the past 22 years. This has included surgical, medical, palliative and community based nursing. In 2009 she completed the Wound Ostomy and Continence program at Cleveland Clinic. She began working as a WOCN and joined the team at Access in 2011. She enjoys the hands on aspects of nursing as well as the opportunity to teach wound, Ostomy and continence skills to patients, nurses and other clinicians. Since joining Access, Heather has worked on the wound prevention team where she collaborates closely with OT's and PT's in ensuring that clients with spinal cord injury, brain injury or amputations remain wound-free. After work, she minds her bees, cycles with her husband and competes in triathlons.
Vladimir, a true lifelong learner, is currently working as a Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (WOCN) but has studied in a variety of disciplines within the health care field: After graduating from the University of Belgrade (Serbia) in Dental Technology he enrolled in their Veterinary Medicine program. Upon moving to Canada in 1988 Vladimir continued his studies in health care - initially studying Psychology at York University then completing nursing training at the George Brown College in Toronto (1996) followed by completion of a Bachelor of Nursing degree at Athabasca University. In 2008 Vladimir completed the WOCN program at the Harrisburg Area program in Pennsylvania USA. In 2011 he graduated with a Masters of Nursing degree from the University of Southern Queensland. Vladimir has worked in a variety of nursing roles over the past 18 years, starting in acute care in Toronto, then as a Home Care Nurse and Case Manager in Ontario and then BC. He began working as a WOCN in 2008 at the Vancouver Coastal Health then as a Wound Clinic Nurse at Fraser Health in 2009, and joined the wound team at Access in 2010. Vladimir's interest in Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing includes: spinal cord injury related issues, pressure ulcers, arterial venous ulcers, complex wound care and clinical research and education.
Bonnie Nybo has worked as a nurse for over 30 years in various roles; many years were spent working in the acute ICU spine program at VGH, various outpatient clinics and in Rehabilitation at GF Strong. Bonnie received her NCA (Nurse Continence Advisor) designation in 2011 from McMaster University. Her current role is in the outpatient programs at GF Strong as the Clinical Resource Nurse/Nurse Continence Advisor. She also works with Access on the wound prevention program for Spinal Cord injured individuals. Bonnie’s focus is on Health Maintenance for people with spinal cord injury, with a special interest in continence. On her off days you might find her chasing her two grandsons or enjoying her “happy place” on the mountain.
Deena has worked in a variety of acute care nursing roles since graduating with her nursing degree in 1998, including surgical, medical, cardiac, intensive care and pediatrics. She completed the Canadian Association of Enterostomal Therapists course in 2007 to become a Nurse specialized in Wound, Ostomy, Continence (NSWOC). She enjoys hands-on work with her clients and families as well as educating staff, clients and families in all areas of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence care. Deena has worked for Interior Health as an NSWOC since 2006 and enjoys the variety that this job offers including working with clients in a community, acute and residential care setting. In her work with Interior Health she has worked with her colleagues in developing standardized education and practice standards. She is also a member of the Provincial Ostomy Committee. Comprised of Wound and Ostomy Nurses throughout B.C., they work to develop standardized practices in the area of ostomy care and act as an advocate for the needs of ostomy clients in B.C. Deena also worked in a Clinic setting at a pharmacy for 10 years in an expanded role that included advanced foot care and compression therapy services as well as supporting ostomy and wound clients. She has recently left that position to allow her to better serve her Okanagan clients with Access Community Therapists. She has been living in the sunny Okanagan since 2000.