Celebrating The Learner


A Rising Star In The BC Nursing World

Selkirk College nursing alumna, Krysta Hatlen has been chosen to receive a prestigious award in the nursing world, the Rising Star Award from the College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC). The CRNBC 2012 Awards Ceremony will take place on April 19, 2012 in the Vancouver Convention Centre’s East Building. 

Hatlen, a 2008 graduate of the University of Victoria - Selkirk College BScN program who now works at Kootenay Lake Hospital’s Maternity Ward, received a total of 11 letters of support from her colleagues in the fields of nursing, medicine and midwifery to back her nomination for the award – which requires candidates to exceed expectations, display excellence and demonstrate outstanding performance in a minimum of four of the six Professional Standards and Practices set by the CRNBC.

“Krysta has rapidly developed the multi-faceted skill set that is required of a rural nurse,” wrote Nelson doctor, Shiraz Moola. “She has taken it upon herself to gain further maternity instruction from myself and my colleague Dr. Sheryl Alger. She possesses a level of curiosity and innovation that makes it a pleasure to work with as a colleague that benefits the entire health care team.”

Kootenay Lake Hospital Maternity Nurse, Tracy Bowles has met many new nurses during her 25-plus years on the job and says Hatlen has been a very special addition to the maternity ward at Nelson’s hospital.

“Krysta is an inspiring young nurse with a joyous uplifting personality,” Bowles writes. “Her innate ability to provide excellent care has become quickly evident. Her legacy is it in its early stages. Krysta demonstrates excellent decision making during times of crisis. Her coping skills are effective on both personal and professional levels.“

I have often wondered how it is that certain individuals are so knowledgeable and their skills come so naturally, and Krysta Hatlen answers this question for me - passion. Krysta’s passion for nursing feeds her in a way that makes her unstoppable in her quest to care for humanity; to become one with the human condition.”

“Krysta moved quickly through learning the basics to becoming the attentive and capable maternity nurse that she now is,” adds Registered Midwife, Tanya Momtazian in her letter of support. “She is prepared for and actively helps in emergencies with a very calm and competent nature. She is a clear communicator and very supportive to the mothers. Krysta has that rare and remarkable ability to be efficient and thorough in her practice as a nurse while remaining serene and reassuring to the patient.”

“I went into nursing partly because my mom was a nurse and partly because that was always what I wanted to do,” said Hatlen. “I love working with people and having an exciting job that doesn’t involve sitting at a desk all day so nursing was a good fit for me.”

“I’m very honoured and it’s really wonderful to find that my colleagues are so supportive of me and they really believe in the work that I’m doing here and overseas with Medecin Sans Frontier,” she said.

After graduating from the Selkirk College nursing program in 2008, Hatlen began working at the Kootenay Lake Hospital in the maternity ward.

“I was funded to do my specialty training in maternity nursing right out of school by Interior Health and have been lucky to work on the maternity floor at Kootenay Lake Hospital with that training,” she said. “After working for a couple years I did further specialty training in London, UK and got my diploma of tropical nursing from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.”

After completing her training in London, Hatlen put her education from both Selkirk College and London to work in the Somali Region of Ethiopia at a refugee camp for Somalis who were fleeing famine during the summer.

While many people might turn away from a challenge, it is the challenge of nursing that Hatlen enjoys. 

“You never know how a birth is going to turn out so it always keeps me on my toes,” she said. “I love to meet the families I work with during what is usually such a happy time for them and help them navigate through childbirth and the first few days of being parents.”

With her new award and a lot of experience under her belt, Hatlan is planning on continuing her education.

I have applied to take my masters of science in midwifery, and I hope to continue my work with Medecin Sans Frontier overseas in a nurse-midwife capacity,” she said.

“For the future I hope I can continue to work in maternal-child health both here in Canada and in developing countries helping women to gain access to prenatal and delivery care for themselves and their babies.”


Read more on our Nursing program at Selkirk College or contact School Chair of Health and Human Services Teresa Petrick.