GOLD Speakers


Jola Berkman, RN, BSN, BSc(med)Hons, M.Ed (ALGC)

  • Speaker Type: 2024 Main Presentations
  • Country: Canada

Jola Berkman is the Provincial Clinical Coordinator of Newborn Care for Perinatal Services, BC, Canada. She trained as a NICU RN in South Africa before moving to Canada and integrates lessons learned from the global south and global north in her work. She collaborated with a provincial working group to review and transform the care of newborns exposed to substances during pregnancy in British Columbia. This work included the development of an online learning module and practice resources for healthcare providers, a parent resource, and facilitating webinars to introduce the Eat, Sleep, and Console (ESC) model of care.

She continues to support the implementation of the ESC model of care in BC and supports nurse leaders and change-makers in adopting the program across Canada. Jola enjoys time at home on Protection Island, BC, with her family when she is not working.