Nurses SIG

The CFAS Nurses Special Interest Group (NSIG) was established in November 2004 at the CFAS Annual Meeting in Jasper, Alberta. The current NSIG membership reaching over 100 members.

The overall mandate of the CFAS Nursing Special Interest Group (NSIG) is to promote and foster the vision, mission and values of the CFAS within the practice of Canadian Fertility Nursing as well as ensuring the Fertility Nurse is actively represented within the CFAS’s actions. The NSIG’s objectives are to: encourage fertility nurses across Canada to engage within CFAS; offer and promote ongoing professional development opportunities; provide a forum for networking, support, collaboration and exchange of information related to nursing within and between Canadian fertility centres; and help ensure consistency in the delivery of high quality patient care within reproductive medicine.

In order to accomplish the NSIG’s mandate, the NSIG Executive Committee is comprised of the following positions:

And 4 other Executive Committee Members

Danielle D. Dubois, MHS, BScN, RN
Chair Nurses SIG 2016 – 2019

Danielle Dubois, RN, BScN, MHS; NSIG Chair (Ottawa)

NSIG EXEC - Danielle

Danielle Dubois, RN, BScN, MHS is the CFAS NSIG Chair, Clinical Director at the Ottawa Fertility Centre (OFC) and Nurse Assessor for Accreditation Canada. She has been working within the field of reproductive medicine since 2006, both in Edmonton and Ottawa.

She has received numerous awards including Queens University Outstanding Achievement, SMART ART Community Outreach and Alberta Health Regional Reach Team Awards.

Danielle’s expertise also includes clinical research, IPAC and implementation of new clinical programs. She chairs the OFC Patient Safety & Operations Committee, sits on Fertile Future’s board of directors, and maintains affiliations with CNO, RNAO and IPAC Canada.



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Danielle Hebner, RN, BN; NSIG Co-Chair (Vancouver)

Danielle Hebner received her BN degree from Mt. Royal and Athabasca University in 2006 and maintains professional affiliations with ASRM, CFAS, CRNBC and CNA. She currently works for PCRM in Burnaby B.C and has 10 years of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility experience. She is the Co-Chair of the CFAS Nursing Special Interest Group (NSIG) as well as a member of the CFAS Nursing Education Committee which aims to develop National Professional Standards for IVF nurses.

Danielle has developed a special interest in Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), and has presented a poster at the 2012 CFAS annual meeting titled Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, a retrospective study. She has been a study coordinator for a phase 3 drug trial, eSTHER.

Nicole Lee RN, BScN; NSIG Secretary/Treasurer (Toronto)

NSIG EXEC - Nicole

Nicole Lee is the Manager of the Surgery Centre at Hannam Fertility Centre/CCRM Toronto. She obtained her BScN from York University in 2010 and started her career in family practice. Nicole’s introduction to fertility began at Procrea Fertility Centre as a Nurse Coordinator in 2011.

Nicole has worked in other areas of nursing – travel medicine, cosmetic surgery, and oral surgery but made her way back to fertility when she joined Hannam Fertility Centre/CCRM Toronto in 2014. She has a passion for learning and quality improvement initiatives for patient care.

Nicole looks forward to contributing to the CFAS Nurses SIG by being part of initiating opportunities that strengthen ART Nursing Practice.



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Eileen McMahon, RNEC, MN, NP; NSIG Executive Committee Member (Toronto)

NSIG EXEC - Eileen

Eileen holds a Clinical Appointment as an Adjunct Lecturer in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, is a member of ASRM and its Nurses’ Professional Group, a member of the Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses, and is a member and advisor to the Board of Directors of CFAS.

Eileen has a special interest in providing gender inclusive fertility care and specializes in fertility preservation.




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Laura Wright RPN; NSIG Executive Committee Member (Toronto)


Laura Wright completed the Registered Practical Nursing program at Sheridan College in 2011. She has worked as a nurse in long-term care before joining the Lifequest/Trio fertility centre in December 2014.

As a fertility nurse, she is currently working as a member of the Trio nursing team responsible for patient monitoring as well as working within the OR for procedures.

Laura joined the CFAS in 2015 and is an active member on the Nursing Special Interest Group Executive Committee.




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Bonnie Johnson RN; NSIG Executive Committee Member (Montreal)

NSIG EXEC - Bonnie

Bonnie Johnson has been working at the Montreal Fertility Centre since February 2011. Bonnie graduated from Vanier College Nursing program in 1998, and has worked within community health and gynecology settings. She is a member in good standing with the OIIQ, ASRM, and CFAS.

Bonnie joined the Nursing Special Interest group in September 2016 in order to contribute her years of experience to the benefit of all Canadian fertility nurses.

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Alisha LeBlanc, RN, BScN; NSIG Executive Committee Member (New Brunswick)

NSIG EXEC - Alisha

Alisha LeBlanc received her BScN from the University of Moncton and subsequently began her nursing career at The Moncton Hospital in 2009. She worked the next 6 years within the maternity, gynecology and family medicine unit. Her passion is providing educational and emotional support to mothers and their families.

In October of 2015, she joined the fertility team at Conceptia as the Nursing Coordinator. In her first year at Conceptia, she joined the CFAS Nursing Special Interest Group Executive Committee and became a member of the CFAS Nursing Education Committee.

Alisha will continue to use her passion for education to contribute to the ART nursing field through the NSIG activities and initiatives.



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