Philina Sky RN, CDE, FCN Ed.

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Philina Sky RN, CDE, FCN Ed.

Part 2 Lead Educator (Thunder Bay, ON)


Philina Sky's Spirit Name is Strong Hearted Woman and her Clan is Moose. She is a First Nation member of Cold Lake First Nations, located in Treaty 6, Alberta, with family roots in Camperville, Manitoba. She is a proud mother of a six children and Kokum of 2 beautiful grandsons!

Philina was raised in Thunder Bay most of her life and has been working in the Treaty 3 and NAN communities for the past 18+ years. Her experience includes working in Home Care, Community Health, Diabetes and Foot Care, in semi-remote, isolated and urban community settings. Along with being a Foot Care Provider & Educator, she is a Certified Diabetes Educator, CDSW/PSW Instructor and Health Consultant on Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative, Pandemic and Home & Community Care projects. Over the years, Philina has been actively involved on several committees/boards such as Kenora Diabetes Strategic Committee, End of Life Steer Committee, GCT3 Diabetes & Home Care working groups, various Health Canada advisory/working groups, and just completed a 2 year term as the CAFCN Ontario Provincial Advisor.

Philina is also known in her area a Helper and tends to wear many hats within her nursing role. She has been instrumental in successful proposal submissions, course reviews, presentation & training delivery, and advocates to leaders for better health care delivery for the population she serves. Over the past decade, Philina has provided nursing services and consulting on several health projects for First Nations communities promoting best practices, to increase quality services and better health standards for the people and facilitates approaches that support capacity building and cultural competency.

Philina is the owner and operator her own business "Minowaywin Mishkikii Qwe" which means, 'a nurse/helper that treats you well', inspired by the work of her mother and mother-in-law, who have journeyed on to the spirit world.

Experience and Education

Nursing: Diploma: Confederation College, 1994-1997

Foot Care: Certificate: Foot Care Kingston Diabetes Foot Care Nurse Educator Program

Total 200 hours – 40 hours theory /128 hours assignments-webinars/32 hours clinical

Certificate: Basic and Advanced Foot Care, Supervised by Cindy Lazenby, Foot Care Nurse/Coordinator, Kingston, 2013

Total 40 hours – 24 hours theory/16 hours. Northern Diabetes Health Network.

Basic/Advanced Foot Care - Confederation College. Total 40 hours – 24 hours theory/16 hours clinical. Kenora, 2004

Relevant Professional Development:

Canadian Association of Wound Care - Wound Care Series, Modules 1-5, Ontario Hospital Association, April 2016

Saint Elizabeth Health Care, Wound Care Management Course, SEHC, April 2016

Saint Elizabeth Health Care, First Nations Infection Prevention and Control Course, SEHC, April 2016

Stanford's Diabetes Self-Management Peer Leader Trainer, NWCCAC, Jan 2016

Infection Prevention And Control Novice Program, Oct 2015 – completion date Spring 2017 

Diabetes Webinar Series, Chronic Disease & Diabetes, FNIHB, Health Canada, Nov 2015

CPR C Recertification, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Oct 2015

Stanford's Chronic Disease Self-Management Peer Leader Trainer, NWCCAC, June 2014

Saint Elizabeth Health Care - Canadian Diabetes Educator Study Group, 2013, 2014, 2015

Designing & Delivery of Effective Education Programs, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, Feb 2014

Canadian Diabetes Association, Learning Series Facilitator Training, Feb 2013

Medical Device Reprocessing Course, Central Service Association of Ontario, May 2013

Foot Care Infection Prevention & Infection Control: Highest Standards, Foot Care Kingston, Feb 2013

Insulin Update, Executive Links, Nov 2012

Confederation College Diabetes Graduate Program, Sept 2012

Canadian Certified Diabetes Educator Certification, June 2012

Interpretation of Lab Tests, Executive Links, Apr 2012

Personal Empowerment for Diabetes Prevention Facilitator Training, KSDPP, Mar 2012

Innovative Strategies for Diabetes & Chronic Disease Management, HCC Conference, Dec 2011

Community Mobilization for Diabetes Prevention Facilitator Training, KSDPP, Sept 2011

"Building Your Diabetes Toolbox", St Micheal's Hospital, Nov 2010

Infection Control:      Environmental Cleaning Procedures Training, First Nations Inuit Health Branch – Ontario Region, Dec 2014

"Treating Type 2 Diabetes", Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association, Oct 2010

"Diabetes Manager University" Arizona Diabetes Management & Training Centers, Sept 2010

Diabetes Educator Course, University of BC, Interprofessional Continuing Education, Apr 2010

Auditing Infection Control Practices, NWOR Infection Control Network, Mar 2010

Diabetes – A Basic Introduction E-Learners for Health Care Providers, NDHN, Apr 2009

Foot Care & IPAC, NWOR Infection Control Network, Feb 2009

Other: Advanced Doula Trained, DONA International, 2014

Doula Trained, International, Mar 2013 DONA

Palliative Care for Front Line Workers, CERAH, Lakehead University, Oct 2012

Venipuncture Recertification, May 2011

WHIMIS & TDG, 2009

Personal Support Worker Instructor, Ontario Support Canadian Association, Feb 2004

Past/Present Coordination/Consultant/Education Activities

New Foot Care Nurse Program, Clinical Practicuum Educator/Curriculum Development, Confederation College, Thunder Bay, 2016 

Kidney Disease, Mobility, Arthritis, Infection Control, Wound Care, Skin Care & Diabetes Care, Home & Community Care Training, Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe'iyewigamig Health Access Centre/Nibinamik FN/Health Canada, March 2016  

Clinical Educator/Consultant,(Owner - Cindy Lazenby), Foot Care Kingston, 2014 to present   

Improving End of Life Care Training, Consultant/Coordinator, Home & Community Care Training, Health Canada, Feb 2016  

Home & Community Care Program Training Forum, Consultant/Coordinator, GCT#3 Feb 2015  

Elder's Gathering Diabetes Project, SGEI/GCT#3/Bimose WNHAC, 2015-present

Lead Aboriginal RN Instructor & Consultant in development of Canada's first Community Diabetes Support Worker Program, SGEI, SEHC GCT#3, Mar 2013 - 2015  

Diabetes and First Nations People Presentation, Saint Elizabeth Health Care CDE Study Group, 2014 & 2015

Foot care Course Guest Speaker, LSwancar, Chirpodist, Confederation College, Kenora Campus, Apr 2014  

Home & Community Care Program Training Forum, Consultant/Coordinator, GCT#3 Jan 2013  

Pandemic Plan, Consultant, GCT#3 Mar 2013  

Regional Foot Care Education Work Plan, GCT#3/RNAO, 2013  

Elder's Course Review for Cultural Inclusion, Saint Elizabeth Health Care Sept 2013  

Personal Empowerment Facilitator for Alex M.McComber, Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project (KSDPP),2012-13   

Pandemic Planning Forum, Trainer/Coordinator, GCT#3, Feb 2012  

Pandemic Planning Workshop, Trainer/Coordinator, NAN Mar 2012  

Home & Community Care Program Training Forum, Consultant/Coordinator, GCT#3 Mar 2012 

Current Professional Memberships

  • College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), registered member (1998 - present)
  • Registered Nursing Association of Ontario (RNAO), member (1998 - present)
  • Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), member (2009 - present)
  • Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada (ANAC), member (2009 - present)
  • National Diabetes Association of Canada (NADA), member (2012 - present)
  • Infection Prevention And Control Canada (IPAC), member (2014 - present)
  • Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurse (CAFCN), member and Provincial Advisor, (2014 - 2016)