Centenary Medal – Debbie McDougall

Debbie McDougall is currently the Director of Collaborative Practice at the First Nations Health Authority and feels truly honored to have this opportunity to serve BC First Nations clients.

Debbie graduated from UBC with her BSN in 1981 and her MSN with a focus in Education Leadership in 2008.  Debbie considers herself a lifelong learner, valuing the richness in learning and mentorship from others and pursuing professional development opportunities to strengthen her contributions in roles that she has held throughout her career including point of care, management, education, education leadership and professional practice. Debbie’s career began in maternal/child and women’s health at the Salvation Army Grace Hospital. Through 37 years at BC Women’s and BC Children’s, Debbie held different clinical, education and leadership roles.  She has also consulted with many provincial and national organizations to advance interprofessional collaborative practice, education and research, leadership, preceptorship, coaching and student practice education. Her role at FNHA since 2017 has been to develop and lead a team to support nurses and clinicians in rural and remote First Nations communities providing practice consultation, clinical education, advanced practice nursing, new knowledge and leadership in quality and safety.

Debbie’s approach has always been to work in partnership to promote a high standard of excellence in learning and practice with an aim for an exceptional client experience.  She holds a passion for creating safe, quality environments for learning and growth through authentic and transformative leadership, mentorship and coaching.  With a strong commitment to culturally safe, patient centred and community driven practice, she believes that knowledgeable and supported interprofessional teams holding this same fundamental foundation are key to promoting health and wellness for clients, their families and communities.

Debbie’s daughter, her two sons and their wives, and her large extended family and circle of friends are the reason for her healthy life balance.