We are pleased to announce that Provincial Council has selected Joy Peacock, BSN, MSc, RN as the chief executive officer of the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) effective May 1, 2017.
She has experience and skills in formal health-care leadership, business development, continuous quality improvement, risk management and policy development and has had hands-on experience leading large, diverse groups through complex change.
For the past three years, she has served as executive director of the Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (ARNBC). The organization was founded in 2010 when BC’s nursing regulatory college and association separated into two governing boards. Prior to her appointment at ARNBC, Joy was the executive director of the Yukon Registered Nurses Association (YRNA).
In both of these roles, she was responsible for significant policy/regulation oversight, program development and innovative changes. At ARNBC, she supports the development of this new organization to ensure that the experience and expertise of registered nurses and nurse practitioners continue to inform public policy issues at both the national and provincial levels. She is known for her ability to develop strong partnerships and collaborative relationships with organizations including the Canadian Nurses Association, the BC Ministry of Health, First Nations Health, and the regulatory colleges for doctors and registered nurses.
During her tenure at YRNA, Joy oversaw a number of significant milestones in nursing including enactment of the updated Registered Nurses Profession Act in 2012; launch of Standards for Practice in 2013; and a new territorial Clinical Services Plan in 2014. Peacock also had an advisory role to the Canadian Nurses Association and served on the board of the Canadian Council of Registered Nurse Regulators.
Prior to her roles in nursing associations, Joy was senior program manager for Kingston General Hospital and has worked in ICU, hemodialysis and surgery. She has published and presented on a variety of topics most notably on critical care and healthy workplaces and also brings years of experience as a business owner and operator.
Joy has a masters of science in nursing from Queens University, and an undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Victoria. She obtained her nursing diploma from Loyalist College in Belleville, Ont. followed by a Critical Care Nursing Diploma from St. Lawrence College in Kingston.