The Value of Formal and Informal Training with Treena Klassen

The Value of Formal and Informal Training with Treena Klassen


It is an honour to be joined this week by Treena Klassen, RN, the President of the Canadian Family Practice Nurses Association (CFPNA). Treena is also the Executive Director of the Palliser Primary Care Network, and has been with the Palliser PCN since its inception. As you’ll learn in this episode, not only does Treena hold a number of professional designations, she keeps herself busy with various roles in and outside of nursing.


Episode Highlights

Treena shares her experience as a farm girl who originally studied Western Horsemanship and how she then shifted into nursing. We go on to discuss:

  • Her early start in mental health
  • Her role as one of the founding directors of the Primary Care Network
  • Identifying day to day leadership opportunities
  • The golden age of nursing research
  • Imbalances in power in the healthcare system
  • The impact nurses could have on curriculum

Key 3 Points

1. There is power when nurses unite their voices.
2. Read. Whether you continue with formal education or not, continue to educate yourself on the sector and advances.
3. Identify as a nurse. Don’t hide your designation away. Bring it to different arenas.


Words Worth Sharing


“I do believe that there exists leadership opportunities every day in everything that we do, but we often don’t take the time to reflect on that and asks ourselves did I take up that leadership opportunity? And if I did, what did I do well and what can I capitalize on?” – Treena Klassen


“I think sometimes we get distracted by leadership as being those positional leadership opportunities versus the leadership on a day to day basis that absolutely I think every nurse engages in, they just aren’t able to articulate it.” – Treena Klassen


“Primary care nursing, if we can bolster it, will actually have significant impact on improvements in our health system as a whole.” – Treena Klassen