RN, BScN, NSWOC
Indigenous Wound, Ostomy and Continence Health Co-Chair
Bev Smith was born and raised in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia where her Indigenous Ancestors from the Miꞌkmaq First Nations of Potlotek, Cape Breton settled in the early 1900’s. After graduating high school, Bev moved to Edmonton and completed her BScN at the University of Alberta. After working in acute care for several years, an opportunity to work alongside the hospital’s only NSWOC presented itself and Bev was excited to take on the new challenge. Bev enrolled in the then CAET wound, ostomy and continence education program and graduated a Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC) in 2008. Bev has been working as a community NSWOC for assisted living in Edmonton since graduating from the program and enjoys preceptoring and mentoring new NSWOC students. Bev became the Indigenous Core Program Leader for NSWOCC in October 2018 and has since co-published an article related to improving wound, ostomy and continence care for Indigenous Canadians for the JWOCN. In her spare time Bev loves coaching soccer, volunteering in her local community of Beaumont Alberta and spending time with her husband, four children and two grandchildren.