College of Nursing
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Manitoba

Hi, my name is Nicole Shead. I started my university education in the fall of 2009, with a dream of becoming an architect. Little did I know that my positions as a dietary aide, housekeeping aide, admitting clerk and receptionist at the Selkirk & District General Hospital would have such an effect on my career choice. I really admired the nurse-patient relationship and the dynamics of the “team.” I graduated from the undergraduate nursing program at the University of Manitoba in June 2016. I immediately started working as a perioperative nurse (OR, PACU, endoscopy) at Selkirk & District General Hospital (now Selkirk Regional Health Centre). I fell in love with the perioperative practice where I was able to work with many other health care professionals within the perioperative team and provide support to the patient during such a vulnerable and anxious time. I am currently working part-time and attending graduate studies part-time in hopes to improve the perioperative experience for the patient, their families and staff. My research focus is on team empathy and communication among clinicians of the perioperative team.

Graduate Awards: Advancing a Community of Qualitative Inquiry Award (Deeper Dives 2018; Qualitative Health Research Conference by IIQM)