Education Day 2022

The nursing profession is both deeply challenging and incredibly rewarding. To reflect those truths, the theme of the 2022 Education Day was Resilience: from Hurting to Healing: designed to help NSNU members appreciate the burden of grief they carry as health providers and provide resources and encouragement to increase resilience. 

Close to 250 nurses and NSNU staff gathered in Truro for the first Education Day event since 2019. It brought together NSNU members from across the province, from all sectors of care.

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Participants heard and learned from award-winning experts, authors and advocates who shared the lessons they’ve learned from dealing with trauma, survival and resilience. 


MD, CEO and AIR Faculty Lead at the Atlantic Institute of Resilience  

Blending the rigor of science with extensive mental health care experience, Dr. Jackie Kinley and her team at AIR build resilience and mental fitness in individuals, teams and organizations.  
Based on 20 years of psychiatric practice and research, Dr. Kinley has designed a range of online and in-person programs, courses and coaching services offered by the Atlantic Institute of Resilience. These programs are intended to build resilience, helping people to recover more quickly and effectively from life’s challenges. Participants enjoy a greater mental focus and sense of well-being. Employers benefit by having engaged employees who handle stress and problems more effectively, delivering better results in the workplace. 

Dr. Kinley will guide us through an informed discussion on mental fitness - a shift from an illness approach to a growth mindset. 

Janice Landry is a regionally and nationally award-winning journalist, author and advocate, whose non-fiction work primarily focuses on mental health and wellness.  

Most of Landry's books include multiple interviews with Canadian first responders, emergency personnel, and their loved ones - as she advocates nationally for better support, education, and pre-emptive training for people across agencies, backgrounds, and careers, who work around trauma.   

In her most recent book, Silver Linings, Landry explores the question, “What are you the most grateful for?” - We may eventually discover that what we are most grateful for stems from major challenges in our lives. 

Silver Linings examines the relationship between using gratitude to build resiliency. The book includes a rare interview with Dr. Robert Emmons, considered to be the world’s preeminent scientific expert and researcher in the field of gratitude. 

On October 14, Landry will join us to share the lessons she has learned from the incredible stories she has covered on trauma, survival and resilience.   

Joined by Alvin Law, a Certified Speaking Professional (a designation owned by less than seven percent of professional speakers worldwide), we will end the day with a motivational presentation to leave us feeling hopeful and invigorated. 

Born with no arms as a result of the drug Thalidomide, Law challenges his audience members to examine their current perceptions of themselves, other people, and the world around them so they too can overcome the same obstacles Law was faced with — not how to live and function with no arms, but how to be a successful, compassionate, positive, and engaged human being that leaves the world a better place than how they found it. 

Law knows, and demonstrates, that attitude is not about “thinking positive”, but instead how we look at and interpret life overall. It is a skill that can be learned and must be practiced to become a tool that can be used. 

Alvin Law will recount his incredible and engaging story as a survivor of the thalidomide tragedy and the extraordinary life he has come to lead, including the attitude that helped him get there. Law’s fusion of storytelling, musical performance, and down-to-earth humour connect with his audiences at an intimate, intense, and individual level. 

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