Sherri Tutkus RN, BSN
Sherri is the founder and CEO of GreenNurse Group, Nursing Director at Irie Bliss Wellness and host of GreenNurse on the Go Radio Show. Sherri is a cannabis nurse, patient and advocate. She earned her Bachelors in Science and Nursing from Boston College. She is highly skilled Registered Nurse with 30 years’ practical experience in various departments within the hospital and home setting. She is utilizing her expert nursing skills as a medical center specialist, clinical nurse liaison and educator to bridge the gap between patients and the cannabis community. Sherri has been educating and implementing holistic integrative healing modalities within her practice for over 20 years. She educates on the endocannabinoid system and the safe utilization of cannabis at dispensaries, hospitals, clinics, patients homes and she regularly does pop up events, seminars and expos. Sherri is an international speaker and she has contributed to the writing of the first cannabis nursing textbook with her cannabis nurse colleagues. Sherri is a member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association and founding member of The Cannabis Nurses Network and she brings passion and purpose to her work teaching bio-psycho-social-spiritual healing using cannabis as a tool.
Jodi Chapin RN
Jodi has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years. She has an extensive background in women’s health as a labor and delivery nurse, and has also worked in oncology. Jodi firmly believes that vulnerability is to be met with compassion, respect, and active listening to ensure that her patients have the very best outcomes. She credits her extensive nursing career and healer background with these virtues and skills. Jodi is also a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Level II Practitioner. Through this healing art, Jodi may be able to help people who are struggling with a wide range of health conditions such as headaches, insomnia, back pain, cancer, heart disease, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and may even be used to help in the recovery from injuries and surgery. As an active member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association and GreenNurse Group, she helps advocate for people who choose to use cannabis as a complementary or alternative treatment, providing education, insight, guidance, and support in the process.
Marissa Fratoni RN, BSN
For nearly twenty years, Marissa has helped people walk their own healing paths while accounting for each individual’s own needs as a whole human. She is a holistic nurse and multi-disciplined health practitioner specializing in women’s health and behavioral health, further specializing in substance abuse and addiction. Marissa is well-versed in complementary and alternative healing modalities including primary, patient-focused nursing, massage therapy, yoga and mindfulness practices, integrative and functional nutrition, and cannabinoid therapeutics. She has participated in the advancement of cannabinoid research for nurses and other health professionals as a member of several education and research committees with the American Cannabis Nurses Association. She has helped people struggling with an extensive array of diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Lyme disease, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, opioid and pharmaceutical addiction, and alcohol dependence to integrate cannabinoid therapeutics into their conventional and holistic health regimens.
Nique Pichette RN, MSN
Nique Pichette RN, MSN has more than 25 years’ experience in medical/mental health/advocacy services with special expertise in cannabis as an alternative treatment; Extensive experience as a cannabis educator/teacher, public speaker and activist; Sole founder of an organization that provides advocacy, support, and financial assistance for cannabis patients/families, and works to implement cannabis nurse navigation in the medical setting as a Doctoral candidate at Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island. Through her personal journey with alternative therapies and post traumatic growth, Nique also began to focus on trauma recovery. Her new group, Positively Processing Perception, uses music therapy to take a look inside at our own emotions and thoughts and helps us identify how our personal perceptions affect our choices and behaviors. Understanding that the only change that can take place is within ourselves, it is empowering to understand that alone, we have the power to create this change. The shift in healing is based on accountability and responsibility. Through her personal struggles with mental health issues and trauma, Nique has become a powerful Trauma Recovery Coach and is changing the way we look at mental health. Developed for the nursing community and their patients by Nique Pichette, MSN, RN, the Cannabis Nurse Navigator is a professional registered nurse with cannabis-specific clinical knowledge who offers individualized assistance to patients, families, and caregivers to help overcome healthcare system barriers. The Cannabis Nurse Navigator provides education and resources to facilitate informed decision making in a timely fashion to quality health care providers knowledgeable in cannabis therapeutics and psychosocial care throughout all phases of the cannabis therapeutics continuum.
MODERATOR: Sandy Bernier – Sandy Bernier, CEO and Founder of Irie Bliss Wellness is long time medical cannabis patient and hemp advocate. Sandy’s mission is to illuminate the ways in which hemp can enhance one’s quality of life and the health of the planet. Sandy is deeply devoted to providing high-quality products that are not only effective and affordable but sustainable. Sandy has been working in the cannabis space for over 10 years and she sees the importance of utilizing the expertise of cannabis nurses to bring unbiased education to all patients and people who wish to use this plant in their daily lives for managing symptoms of chronic illness and for optimum health and wellness. Sandy will be moderating this panel of GreenNurses from various backgrounds as they share their “Cannabis Nurses Experience” which is Chapter 9 in the first cannabis nursing textbook that they contributed to which will be released in 2021.