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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Barbara Bruinse, RN, BSc, BScN

The Hospital for Sick Children
Chair, RN Council

Clinical Response Nurse

Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 4876
Fax: 416-813-8273
Email: barbara.bruinse@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Barbara has held a variety of nursing roles at SickKids since graduating with a nursing diploma from Ryerson in 1989. As a new grad, Barb started on Infectious Disease Unit later moving to pediatric critical care. In 2000, she was joined a small group of nurses to create the Clinical Response Nurse. Barb completed a post-RN nursing degree by 2005 while in a 4 year nursing leadership role with RN Council. During her tenure in RN Council she chaired Nursing Week Planning Committee, implemented the yearly Food Drive, participated in the creation of SickKids Nursing Wear, presented at an RNAO Conference and explored ways to recognize nurses for work-related activity outside of traditional bedside care.

In 2007, Barb advanced to Clinical Leader/Manager, Vascular Access Service. She, along with her growing team, is striving towards a service that provides a high level of expertise in the delivery and advanced care of vascular access devices.

Area of Specialty 

Past Experience: Staff Nurse/Resource Nurse, Paediatric Critical Care Unit
Staff Nurse, Infectious Diseases Unit


Nursing Week Planning Committee
Nursing Practice Council
Nursing Excellence Award Committee
Nursing Scholarship Program
Inter-professional Practice Navigation Team
Professional Advisory Committee
Quality of Work Life Committee
Nursing Library Committee