Author Bios

CARNA

CARNA

Mary-Anne Robinson, RN, BN, MSA

Mary-Anne Robinson, RN, BN, MSA

CARNA Chief Executive Officer
Mary-Anne Robinson is the Chief Executive Officer of the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA), the regulatory body and professional association for the province’s 37,000 registered nurses. She is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in health-care administration and provides leadership and overall direction to support CARNA’s mission to serve the public through the provision of
safe, competent and ethical nursing care.

Ms. Robinson is a member of the Alberta Advisory Committee on Health Technologies and the Primary Health Care Steering Committee, both of which provide advice to the Deputy Minister of Alberta Health.

Nationally, Ms. Robinson led the development of a single, harmonized web-based licensure application platform for 21 nursing regulatory bodies (RBs) across the three nursing disciplines (licensed practical nurses, registered nurses and psychiatric nurses) and in all Canadian jurisdictions except Quebec.

In its first year, the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) served more than 8,000 internationally educated nurses from 130 countries. Ms. Robinson led the initiative as Chair of the Implementation Committee and Board Chair.

She is a founding member of the Canadian Council of Registered Nurse Regulators and an executive officer of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing in the United States. She has a strong background in primary health care and building effective relationships with other nurses, physicians and administrators, within and between health-care organizations.

Shannon Spenceley, RN, PhD

Shannon Spenceley, RN, PhD

CARNA President
Shannon assumed the role of CARNA president Oct. 1, 2013. She holds a diploma from the Foothills Hospital School of Nursing, a bachelor of nursing from the University of Lethbridge, a master of nursing from the University of Calgary and a PhD in nursing from the University of Alberta. She has worked in various capacities during her career—as a staff nurse in acute care (surgery, ICU, emergency), clinical educator, health care analyst and health services researcher, clinical trials coordinator, senior administrator, and former Executive Director, Alberta Health Services System Redesign – Primary Care and Chronic Disease. Shannon has also worked as a nursing program administrative lead and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Health Sciences. She served on CARNA Provincial Council from 2002-2005 and again from 2011-2013 as president-elect. Shannon also was an ARNET board director from 2008-2013.