BScN, RN, DipOPN
Anna Tumchewics is a Nurse Specialized in Wound Ostomy Continence in the Northwest Territories. She graduated from the University of Toronto and has a Diploma in Outpost Nursing from Dalhousie University. She received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Canadian Nurses Association in 2014. She has worked as a registered nurse in various capacities in a variety of acute care and community care settings throughout her career. She has volunteered with professional nursing associations for over 35 years.
Anna entered the nursing profession with an interest in working in remote and northern communities. The need to better meet the needs of people with wounds and ostomies led her to take the CAET ETNEP program with preceptorship in Victoria and Vancouver, B.C. She filled the first Nurse Specialized in Wound Ostomy Continence position created in 2011 by the Government of the Northwest Territories. There are now two NSWOC positions to serve the residents of the Northwest Territories and the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut with wound and ostomy challenges in acute care, community care and long-term care settings.
More than half the population in the Northwest Territories is Indigenous and covered by Non-Insured Health Benefits. Anna works with the NIHB process daily to provide appropriate supplies for people with wounds and ostomies.