Hannah Varto


work experience

Hannah started her nursing career with a passion for public health and sexual health care. As an RN her career took her to youth clinics, sexual health clinics, teaching sex-ed in schools and as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. It was this final role that inspired Hannah to become a Nurse Practitioner. In 2006, she was part of the second graduating class of NPs in BC from the University of Victoria. Since then, she has worked closely with public health as a practice leader, and as an NP in youth clinics, women's health clinics and travel clinics. But forensic nursing kept calling her back and in 2015 she accepted an NP position with a new clinic in Surrey which supports the medical and forensic care of victims of violence. In two years she had helped develop the role of the NP within the field of forensic nursing and is exploring how an NP might assist in filling the gaps in medical care for victims of violence.


Master's in Nursing (Nurse Practitioner - Family) - University of Victoria, Victoria, BCCertification as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner - Adult/Adolescent (International Association of Forensic Nurses)Bachelor of Nursing Science (Honours) - Queen's University, Kingston, ONBachelor of Science (Biology) - Queen's University, Kingston, ON


Riddell, L., Varto, H., and Hodgson, Z. (2010). Smooth talking: the phenomenon of pubic hair removal in women. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 19, 121 -130Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, (2015-2016), Canadian Contraceptive Consensus Parts 1 - 4.


Forensic Health Science and Nursing, Sexual Reproductive Health, Adolescent Medicine, Women's Health, ContraceptionAdditional interests in technology integration with health care, clinical practice guideline development, primary care integration of Nurse PractitionersAffiliations: McCreary Centre Society, Association of Registered Nurses of BC (Special Interest Group lead - Reproductive Health), ARNBC Community of Practice Lead - Contraceptive Management, Canadians for Choice, Association of Reproductive Health Professionals