A registered nurse, Jean has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing science. She served on nursing faculty at the University of Windsor in 1968 until 1980 and returned as adjunct associate professor in 2011. Jean was also a director of nursing at Windsor Regional Hospital’s Metropolitan Campus.
In 1979, Jean was instrumental in the development of the Hospice of Windsor & Essex County’s clinical and volunteer programs. She went on to be an executive director of this Hospice which is recognized as exemplary in Canada.
In 1988, Jean was invited to University Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, where she developed the Palliative Care Consultation Team and volunteer programs in the heart of tertiary care. She began as coordinator and clinical nurse specialist, then nurse practitioner and after retirement at 71 years of age, became an independent nurse consultant for the palliative care team. Jean continues as a consultant in palliative nursing, free-lance writer and outstanding speaker and teacher.
In addition to her ongoing commitment to Nursing Excellence, advancement, and outstanding patient care Jean Echlin is a Member Emeritus of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), Member of Tau Upsilon Chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing - Sigma Theta Tau International, and First vice-president of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (Canada) serving as Nurse Consultant on the board of directors.