How to Communicate Your Value as a Nurse with Kathy Reid

Kathy Reid is a RN who has a Masters of Nursing and is a Nurse Practitioner. Currently she is the clinical nurse specialist for policy and practice at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, AB. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1983 from Queen’s University and her Master’s of Nursing in 2008 from the University of Alberta.

Kathy’s research portfolio includes development of an e-book for families whose children have chronic pain, understanding the parental perceptions of the quality of their child’s postoperative pain management, development of Chronic Pain 35, an accredited high school course for teens with chronic pain. In addition she has written/co-written 4 book chapters on managing pain in children, and working with families.

She was honoured to have been chosen as one of the 150 nurses for Canada in 2017, and in 2016 she was honoured by the Hospital News as a nursing hero.


Episode Highlights

We start off by discussing Kathy’s focus on baccalaureate nursing at Queen’s and go on to discuss:

  • The power of volunteerism
  • Shifting from a clinical role to a management role
  • The types of people to surround yourself with
  • The legacy she’d like to leave
  • How to build your influence as a nurse


Key Points

1. Let people know you’re interested. You need to be vocal.

2. Find mentors. Some you agree with, some you don’t, but ones that push you.

3. Be prepared with your elevator speech. How can you describe your value in under two minutes.




“What is the value of having us in your care, and how do we articulate that to the people who need to hear it? We need to talk about more than what we do, but the value.”—Kathy Reid


“People live in a system. We, as nurses, can influence the system to help support people. Let’s use our collective voices to improve the system.””—Kathy Reid


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