Lifetime Achievement

Melodie Hull
RPN, MSc, MEd.

Melodie began her career in 1984 at Cranbrook Regional Hospital on the Adult Psychiatric Unit as a staff nurse. Colleagues noted her energetic, dynamic and innovative approach to patient care. These qualities identified over 30 years ago have continued to serve her well in a career that has taken her across various sectors of psychiatric nursing in community, hospital, forensic, psychiatric and correctional services.

After leaving Cranbrook in 1988, Melodie furthered her education by obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology/Sociology, a Master’s in Education with a specialization in teaching English and a Master’s of Science in Administrative Studies.

Melodie has held a position on the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC) Board three times and has been an instructor teaching both RNs and RPNs at the college and university level. She was the Dean of Programs for a private health care academy where she developed and taught classes for practical nurses, and has taught nursing in Bangladesh while doing research on “Nursing English”. Melodie also ran her own counselling and therapy practice and was a founding member of the BC Association of Registered Clinical Counsellors serving as Vice-President for four years.

As one of four RPNs to develop the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing degree at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Melodie has continued to apply her knowledge in order to foster and promote the growth of RPNs. She continues to write courses in nursing, health care and communication and has published in journals and textbooks on topics such as: psychiatric nursing, nursing, nursing education, and medical/nursing English. She has both authored and been a contributor in textbooks and in peer-reviewed journals.

Melodie is an international lecturer and has spoken at conferences in various countries. Through her hard-work and dedication to the profession, Melodie has served as the first RPN in many arenas opening doors for other RPNs to follow her lead.