Erin Vandeven is an award-winning change leader who helps individuals, teams and units implement tools and leverage behaviours that improve patient safety and enhance family-centred care.
Erin first joined SickKids as a Registered Nurse in Neuroscience and Trauma in 2006. She held a variety of positions as an interprofessional educator and senior clinical manager before moving into her current role as Associate Chief of Nursing Practice in 2021.
Erin's philosophy of leadership is to facilitate an environment and culture where practice excellence can thrive. Managing change is an ongoing and evolving opportunity, rather than a one-time event. Erin's strengths include her creation of safe spaces for an evolving nursing workforce, her ability to make the theoretical practical and her willingness to role-model mindful presence and openness to change.
In addition to her professional practice, Erin is on a personal quest to bake the perfect chocolate chip cookie.
Education and experience
- 2011: Master of Nursing, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
- 2006: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
- 2019: Recipient of the Grace Evelyn Simpson Reeves Award for Nursing Leadership, The Hospital for Sick Children
- 2017: Recipient of the President’s Award, The Hospital for Sick Children, for the Inpatient Sepsis Recognition Pathway