Mentorship Team

Judy Shearer     Judy Shearer, RN, BScN, MN, CHE

"Mentorship is an important way to support nurses in the development of their leadership competencies.  I am thankful for the wonderful nurse mentors I have had in my life over my's important to give back!



Meredith Whitehead Photo 2014      Meredith Whitehead RN, BScN, MScN, ENC(C)

The mentor and mentee relationship between novice and senior leaders’ is vital in developing leadership and managerial skills for career development and professional retention. It is an emotional investment that has benefits that are immeasurable. According to Gregory Scott Reid “the greatest success we’ll know is helping others succeed and grow” and this success can be found in a mentoring relationship. I have been extremely privileged to have strong mentors during my career and which has fueled my passion about assisting with the creation a mentorship program that all nurses can access.



Sarah F     Sarah Flogen, RN, M.Ed., Ph.D.(c)

I committed to professional nursing practice and ongoing education when I first graduated as an RN. As a perpetual student, I have benefitted from the mentors I have

met along my academic and professional journey. An attitude of ‘never stop learning’ allows me to see feedback as an opportunity to reconsider my approach, and I have grown tremendously through challenging experiences. I love being and having students or ‘mentees’, and try to challenge others to ask questions, be curious, inquire – that is – engage!


      Kate Zimmerman, RN, BScN

For me mentorship is a significant component to leadership- it is grounded in the value of others and in developing relationships.  I hope to see NLN playing a significant role is supporting and providing opportunities for mentorship across sectors and organizations.



IMG 00000023     Regina Elliott, RN, MN


Leadership is an essential skill for all nurses. As a RN for 28 years I have worked in various settings in both the acute care and public health sectors. As a nurse manager over the past 10 years I truly value mentoring co-workers, staff and students with a positive leadership style. I am excited to join the NLN Mentorship Working Group in developing leadership strategies to build capacity, guide, develop and support all nurses through mentorship.


8x10-Heather-     Heather Preston, RN

My nursing career began as a young 20 year old. My first job was in a rural hospital working as a Registered Nurse on a Medical Surgical unit. Orientation consisted of reading what seemed like an entire encyclopedia and following the Nursing Supervisor around for a couple of days. She wasn’t the happiest person I have ever met.

Along the way I became interested in all things that challenged me. Being a self-driven person and nurse, I carved out my career in the Emergency Department and the Operating Room. Eventually becoming the Leader/Manager of both which gave me many opportunities to influence other nurses lives and careers.

As I became very familiar and no longer challenged in these roles, I searched out an entirely different type of nursing. I bounced into the world of home care for a while then “made the switch” to Long Term Care, following the footsteps of many of my nursing friends. Holding both Director of Care and Administrator roles, once again gave me opportunity to mentor others in a way that I had yet to experience for myself. During this time I also had a casual position as a Registered Nursing Supervisor in a Long Term Care home which was an experience I shall always take with me.

My career saw me in Long Term Care for 9 years. I then moved along and worked with the Central East LHIN as a Quality Improvement Facilitator specifically, at the time, for the Behaviour Support Ontario Project. In this role, I had a mentor beyond mentors. Daily I think of her, her lessons and her guidance.

Currently I use this QI knowledge in a role that was created for me and evolves with each day. I am back in Long Term Care but as a Director of Quality Improvement. Every day I get to teach and mentor 9 Quality Improvement Coordinators in 5 different LHIN regions in the province. What an amazing job!

Without the mentorship of my dear friend in the realm of Quality Improvement, it is less than likely that I would have the joy of guiding, supporting and teaching such unique individuals.

A.Ashton photo NLN    Andra Ashton, RN, BScN, MA (Leadership)

donna rothwell     Donna Rothwell,  RN, BScN, MN




Contact info

Nursing Leadership Network of Ontario (NLN.ON)

c/o First Stage Enterprises

7270 Woodbine Avenue, Suite 305

Markham, Ontario, Canada  L3R 4B9

Tel: 905 415 2220 ext.253

Fax: 905 513 1248


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