Barbara Findlay, RN


Director, Optimal Healing Environments Program
The Samueli Institute


Barbara Findlay, RN, is vice president of the Optimal Healing Environments Program at the Samueli Institute. From 1997 to 2003, she was with the Tzu Chi Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she served as coordinator for Clinical Research and Professional Practice and then executive director. Between 2003 and 2005, she held a senior leadership position with the BC NurseLine, a British Columbia Ministry of Health telenursing initiative. This experience provided a valuable opportunity to consider the role of enabling technology in meeting the health needs of Canadians in the context of healthcare reform. Ms. Findlay’s early professional background includes more than 20 years as a staff nurse in a variety of clinical settings, including inner-city emergency departments, and as an educator for patients and health professionals in a community hospital setting. She received her diploma in general nursing (RN) from British Columbia Institute of Technology and her bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of British Columbia. A frequent presenter on the issues surrounding integrative healthcare, she has been an active participant in Health Canada’s consultation process surrounding integrative healthcare in Canada and has coauthored a number of reports and peer-reviewed articles on this topic.