The Team

NPANS executives are advocating for the role of the Nurse Practitioner, the health of Nova Scotia, and policy. They are elected at the AGM conference.
Our Team


Robert Burrows

Robert Burrows


Robert graduated from UCCB with degrees in biology and psychology, followed by a nursing degree from St. Francis Xavier University in 2004. He worked in Halifax in long-term care, dialysis, and emergency before moving home to Cape Breton. He worked for 11 years in the emergency departments there, and over the last 3 of those years completed his Master of Nursing from Dalhousie University through distance education. Since then he has been working as a Nurse Practitioner in primary care in Glace Bay.
Robert currently lives in Dominion with his wife and three girls.
Claire Blight

Claire Blight


Claire is a graduate of Athabasca University Nurse Practitioner program (2015). Her nursing
career spans 40 years, having worked 29 years at the IWK; 25 as the Maritime Coordinator for
Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis.

Claire’s nursing experience includes both adult and pediatric emergency, adult ICU, obstetrics,
VON and grant writing for several research projects and service funding. She has worked on
several research projects, presenting findings at various conferences.
Currently Claire works at the Pauline Potter Community Health Center in Halifax as Family All
Ages NP.

Claire is looking forward to working with everyone to enhance the role of all NP’s across the

Past Chair:

Deborah Hart


Deborah, an NP for over a decade began her career in nursing, many years prior, while in the Canadian Forces and worked at both Dartmouth General and the QEII in Emergency and Cardiology. Her multifaceted nursing career continued into the Arctic where she worked remotely for years before returning to Nova Scotia to continue her work in Emergency, while obtaining her Masters degree.

Upon receiving her Masters degree and NP license she traveled to Sierra Leone, Africa post-civil war and lead a team across the country performing HIV testing of over 5000 people and ensuring appropriate medication and counselling was in place for those affected. As an NP she continued in Emergency and Trauma, and returned to the Arctic providing both Emergency coverage in addition to Primary Health Care services. As a Nurse Practitioner back in Nova Scotia she began work at the first Collaborative Emergency Center in Cape Breton prior to opening her own independent practice.

Currently specializing in Medical Aesthetics and Sexual Wellness she owns and operates two Medical Spa’s in addition to the Atlantic Training Institute for Medical Aesthetics which she partners with the Canadian Board of Aesthetic Medicine also as faculty. She sits on numerous boards and associations, both nationally and internationally for both aesthetics and sexual wellness and is invited to present nationally as an expert speaker. A huge advocate of education, she has taught for Athabasca University’s Master of Nursing program, Nurse Practitioner students, advanced physical assessments and performed their OSCE’s for the past 5 years, a position she enjoys as an adjunct to having preceptored many NP students throughout her career.

She currently sits on the Nurse Practitioner Association of Canada Council, the Provincial Nursing Network and the Executive Organizing Committee for the International Council of Nurses – Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse Network 2020 Conference as just of a few of the leadership roles representing Nurse Practitioners in Nova Scotia in her role as Chair.

Treasurer - Clare MacEachern

Treasurer - Clare MacEachern


Clare MacEachern BScN MN NP CHN CDE, and NP for 9 years, working currently at the Waycobah First Nations Community Health Center, Whycocomagh. She has been a Registered Nurse for 32 years employed in multiple fields of nursing including acute, emergency, long term care, and home care. She has worked as a CHN in the NWT and holds that role in current employment. She worked in a management role for 10 years as a nursing supervisor and Unit manager.
Executive Secretary - Lynn Miller

Executive Secretary - Lynn Miller


Lynn has been an NP for over 15 years and an RN for longer than she will admit! She completed her Bachelor of Nursing degree at UNB Fredericton and went on to work in various roles including cardiology, Neonatal Intensive Care and nursing education before moving to Labrador. In Goose Bay, she worked as a Clinical Supervisor in the local hospital, medevac team member and in the coastal community clinics while completing her MN: NP through Athabasca University. Her NP roles in Labrador included Occupational Medicine, Correctional Services, ER and in an NP role with the medical team at 5 Wing Goose Bay.

The family move back to Nova Scotia in 2009 landed Lynn and her husband on the Gulf Shore near Pugwash where she worked in the Primary Care Clinic for several years while completing her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree through The George Washington University in Washington DC. She went on to a Policy Consultant position with CRNNS and was part of the exciting transition to NSCN.


Lynn never gave up the connection to clinical practice so was thrilled to move back to full time practice when she took on a new NP role in the Urgent Treatment Centre at the Lillian Fraser Hospital in Tatamagouche in early 2020. This landed her back on the Gulf Shore full-time where she enjoys her house on the beach, chasing her five fur babies and golfing every spare minute! Lynn continues to be involved in NP and nursing education as well as research and volunteer roles.

She has served with many provincial and national volunteer groups including previous terms on the NPANS and Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (now NPAC) executives, a member of the advisory board, mentor and faculty for the Atlantic Mentorship Network – Pain and Addictions and with Heart and Stroke Canada.

Lynn is looking forward to working to support NPANS and NPs in Nova Scotia.

NP Student - Chris Browner

NP Student - Chris Browner

Executive Student NP representative

I am currently in my last semester of graduate studies at Dalhousie University, pursuing a master’s in nursing to become a nurse practitioner with a focus in Family of All Ages.

I am a registered nurse with over a decade of emergency and critical care nursing experience. I am a nursing educator in both the classroom and at the interface of care. I have a passion for nursing, for education, and for promoting health and wellness.

Some of the most encouraging and courageous role models in my life are health care providers, namely nurses, which inspired me to follow in their footsteps. I intend to remain in Cape Breton after graduation, and serve my community, working diligently to bridge gaps in health care as a family nurse practitioner.

Duties of the Executive Committee

Executive Information:

The duties of the Executive Committee as a whole shall be:

To provide leadership for NPANS members and the Nurse Practitioner Role in Nova Scotia and across Canada through NPAC-ACIIPA. A co-chair (or designate) shall sit on the National NPAC-ACIIPA Provincial Partners Committee. To plan and implement strategies to increase NPANS membership.

The Executive Committee: Consists of:

  • Chair(s)
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Chair-Elect(s)
  • Past Chair(s)
  • Nova Scotia NP student (non-voting member)

There is provision for two co-chair positions and two co-chair elect positions. If two co-chair positions are not possible, then there will be just one co-chair for that term. The past chair(s) acts as an advisor(s) to the executive committee and holds a non-voting position.

The Chair-Elect position will be a one year term, followed by a two year term for Chair and a one year commitment for Past Chair. Secretary, Treasurer and student representative will be a two year term.

We are currently still recruiting for the role of Co-Chair elect. Please let us know your interest or someone you would like to nominate.

NPANS Executive Positions Available

At the AGM we’ll vote on New Executive (2018-2020) – Co-chair Elects (2) and Secretary (1).

Eligibility to Hold Elected Office

(a) Active members with full membership status in the NPANS shall be eligible as officers,
except as precluded in b, c, and d below.
(b) No member shall hold the same Executive Committee office for more than two (2) terms.
(c) No member shall hold more than one (1) office at a time
(d) A member shall be eligible for re-election to the same office after a lapse of two (2) years.

All officers shall maintain active membership.

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