Sheila D. Early RN, BScN, SANE-A
Sheila Early is currently a Forensic Nursing Consultant in British Columbia and a Program Coordinator/Instructor at the BCIT Forensic Science and Technology department.
In 2004, Sheila developed the first Advanced Certificate in Forensic Health Care at BCIT; the first classroom-delivered certificate in Canada. She has been teaching sexual assault nurse examiner courses throughout Canada since 1996.
Sheila has been a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for 17 years and has testified in both Supreme and Provincial Courts in BC as an expert witness. Her background is in Emergency Nursing and she has been active in this role for 30 years. She travels internationally promoting forensic nursing in Europe and doing presentations on forensic nursing.
Sheila is currently Director-at-Large (International) with the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN). She has received numerous awards recognizing her work in forensic and emergency nursing including:
- 2010 - Achievement Award from the IAFN
- 2008 - "One of 150 outstanding nurses in BC" from the government of British Columbia
- 2002 - Award of Excellence in Nursing Practice by the College of Registered Nurses of BC
- 1997 - Award of Excellence in Emergency Nursing Education by the National Emergency Nurses Affiliation