Graduated from Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology in 1986, receiving the CAPS Nursing Service Award for outstanding clinical achievement. Received one of the highest scores in Canada on the Registration examinations for that year, and was featured in the 'profiles of success' report of Sheridan College. Began working in Toronto on an ENT surgical ward as a staff nurse, but a year later was sponsored by University Hospital in London, Ontario to be educated to work in the intensive care unit. After working in critical care (ICU, CSICU) in various locations in Ontario and British Columbia for 9 years, began working in the United Kingdom for the British Nursing Association. After a year, immigrated to Australia and became a remote and rural nurse, working throughout Australia on a series of 3 month locums, and eventually settled in Sydney, New South Wales. Upon returning to Canada, accepted a position in the Coronary Care Unit of the St. Paul's Heart Centre in Vancouver, B.C. In 2001, transferred to the Coronary Intervention Unit at St.Pauls, and also began teaching on a contract basis at Langara College. In April of 2004 wrote the Canadian Nurses Association specialty examination in Cardiovascular Nursing and received CNA certification. In January 2007, accepted a full-time faculty position at BCIT, while continuing to work on a casual basis as a Clinical Coordinator and in the Coronary Intervention Unit at St.Paul's.
1986-RN Diploma-Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology
1992-Bachelor of Commerce-University of Windsor
2003-Bachelor of Science in Nursing-University of British Columbia
2008-Master of Science in Nursing-University of British Columbia
Other: coronary care certificate, critical care specialty certificate (Toronto)
2004-C.N.A. Certification in Cardiovascular Nursing: CCN(C)
publicationsNovakovic, J. (2005, October). Readers speak. Nurses' role in end-of-life care. Canadian Nurse, 101(8), 5-6.
Social activist in the fight against creeping privatization and the agenda of the political right to weaken the Canada Health Act and deprive Canadian citizens of the basic human right to equal access in health care. Health care is a basic human right and not a privilege.