Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs and Assistant Professor, University of Alberta
Christy Raymond has demonstrated excellence in nursing and adult education through her diverse experiences, roles and accomplishments over the past 24 years. Having taught informatics to nurses in Denver, Colorado, as well as precepting graduate nurses in Alberta, teaching was always at the forefront of her practice.
“It is an absolute honour to teach,” says Christy. “Every single day you can inspire, support and watch the development of those who will champion the important work of nursing.”
As an educator and administrator, Christy was instrumental in creating the faculty of nursing at MacEwan University in 2016. A momentous undertaking, Christy demonstrated precision, leadership, resilience and collaborated with senior leadership to implement difficult change processes. Now at the University of Alberta, Christy leads undergraduate curriculum implementation, having a special interest in higher education policy and governance. The impact of teaching and leadership can be seen through her excellent student satisfaction ratings and inventive teaching approaches; all which have spanned continuing education, undergraduate and graduate health programs.
“I believe lifelong learning as an educator and nurse is critical to the success of our work and the advancement of our discipline,” says Christy. “By sharing and growing our knowledge in nursing, the health of our communities will continue to thrive.”
Christy’s expertise is evident in her many keynote speaking engagements on teaching and learning. She worked with well-known scholars across Canada to produce the only fully Canadian foundational funda-mentals textbook titled Fundamentals: Perspectives on the Art and Science of Canadian Nursing. It has been used as a key educational resource for nurses in Alberta Health Services and adopted by many nursing programs across Canada. Christy has not only achieved an expert skill set through education and research, but strives to develop, support and advocate for this essential capacity in others. She is a strong advocate for graduate students, creating a community of learning where students gather monthly outside of courses to learn from each other.
“Although the positive rewards I have received from my career in nursing education are numerous, undoubtedly the greatest gift is that connection I have made with students and my privileged position of watching them thrive and go on to do great things beyond anything I could have ever thought possible. It is the students, along with those who have mentored me, that are most deserving of any recognition.”