Registered Nurse Ruth Whelan, 36, who works with the Stroke Unit team at Royal University Hospital, was listed last week as a nominee in CBC Saskatchewan’s Future 40 Under 40 contest.

RN Ruth Whelan

RN Ruth Whelan

Whelan graduated from the nursing education program in Saskatchewan in 2002.  She began her nursing career in Neurosciences, and has never strayed too far. Her career has taken her from the bedside to educating nursing students, to coordinating neurovascular research trials, and now into a role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.

“Neuro has been my passion as a bedside nurse, research coordinator and now as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) for stroke services,” she said. “This position is a hybrid nursing position and my dream job.”

In her current role as CNS, she has had the opportunity to be a part of improving stroke care in the RUH ED, in hospital through the creation of an Acute Stroke Unit, and for patients who experience stroke while in hospital.

“I work with amazing neuroscience nurses and an incredible interprofessional team in implementing best practice in the newly formed Acute Stroke Unit. I’m involved in acute stroke trials, working alongside physicians, nurses and other research team members. And I am the Saskatoon Health Region project lead in the Saskatchewan Acute Stroke Pathway,” Whelan said.

In this last role, she works with health care providers around the province to shape and create stroke programs in primary stroke centers.

Whelan is married to Sean and has three children, Clive, Pierce and Maeve.

“I am honored to be nominated as a Saskatchewan Future 40. I love where my career has taken me and feel so blessed to work with the Saskatoon Stroke Program Team,” she stated.

Check out Ruth’s nomination here.