The Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses (CFMHN) is hosting a virtual event to bring together Nurse Graduates to take you on a journey through the stages of professional role transition for newly graduated nurse. 

CFMHN recognizes that many of the traditional celebrations and opportunities for new nursing graduates are not available this year. We are inviting graduates to celebrate their achievement and prepare for their career.

Join us for a free online event from 2 – 3 pm EST featuring Dr. Duchscher.



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Keynote Speaker

Title: “Safe Passage: Supporting Newly Graduated Nurses in Canada”

Description: Dr. Duchscher will take you on a journey through the stages of professional role transition for the newly graduated nurse. It can be both exhilarating and terrifying to move from being a ‘learner’ to taking the position of accountable and fully responsible decision maker, critical thinker and clinical expert. With a balance of reality and levity, Judy shares the experiences of new nurses as they cross the starting line to the rest of their lives.

Judy Boychuk Duchscher
Associate Professor, School of Nursing Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia

After graduating with a diploma in nursing in 1989, Dr. Duchscher’s early career was focused on developing expertise as a direct care nurse, researcher, leader and educator in cardiothoracic and high acuity (critical care) contexts.  In 2003, Dr. Duchscher founded and then served as the Executive Director of a federally registered non-profit nursing organization entitled Nursing The Future (NTF). For 10 years this provincially funded (Saskatchewan Ministry of Health) organization served as a bridge between the ideals taught in undergraduate nursing education and the realities of the ‘real’ world of professional practice, offering grassroots support to graduates struggling with their entry into the workplace, leadership opportunities to students and new graduates who led transition support networks across Canada. In 2020 she was seconded by the Canadian Nurses Foundation to re-establish Nursing The Future as the national platform of support for new nurses in this country.