Barb is a registered nurse, adult educator, workplace relationship and middle management consultant. Working in healthcare and business settings Barb delivers high energy, humorous keynotes and workshops to focus on professionalism, service excellence, improving generational relationships, and quality of worklife.
Over the course of 30 years, Barb Fry has held staff nurse, teaching and managerial positions, specializing in psychiatric mental health nursing. She played an instrumental role in a process to improve quality of worklife for leaders and staff during a merger of the Capital District Health Authority in Nova Scotia. In addition to participating on the change management team, she created a unique position to support 2,300 nursing staff during a multi-site merger.
Today, as a business owner and adult educator, Barb applies her knowledge of relational learning in the workplace to facilitate quality of worklife improvement for many different industries.
Barb offers high-energy presentations, coaching, and insightful facilitated workshops, to business owners, managers, and staff. Barb’s sessions emphasize individual accountability and collective responsibility for creating healthy workplace relationships. She employs creative strategies such as storytelling and humor to facilitate new learning.
In addition to a Master’s degree in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University, Barb holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a Diploma in Teaching in Schools of Nursing from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Barb has presented at national conferences on topics of coaching and mentoring, innovation in healthcare, leadership, and quality of work life. She has been published in Canadian Nurse and has authored a Health Canada Publication: Preparing for Change. More recently, Barb has been asked to contribute her perspective on workplace issues in a Report on Business column published by The Globe and Mail.
Barb is writing the second edition of Fast Facts for the Clinical Nurse Manager: Managing a Changing Workplace in a Nutshell. Springer: New York, (2010).