Nurse Jan (1976)
Jan Kirkpatrick began her career in the ‘lifesaving industry’ as a Nurse after moving to Calgary from Nova Scotia. She completed nursing training in 1976 where she met her best friend Carleen, and they remained best friends ever since.
One time, my mom was very sick, she had nausea and vomiting and diarrhea. Your mom and I were student nurses at the time and we thought we knew everything!! We tried to help her with clear fluids, pepto bismol, and other stuff. To this day my mom jokes about how Jan and I tried to kill her. Lol haha!
Jan only worked as a nurse in Calgary for a couple of years. She went back to Nova Scotia for a brief time and worked in hospitals in and around Halifax. After coming back out west for her friend’s wedding, she stayed.
Petroleum Landsman (1981)
When Jan returned to Calgary she changed directions and enrolled in a Petroleum Landsman Certificate at Mount Royal College. She met Jim Kirkpatrick in a biology course after seeing him throw popcorn down onto other students – She introduced herself and the rest was history.
Jan worked as a petroleum landsman for awhile, but it was not enough. She wanted to take care of people and save lives. So, she decided to start her own business (and no, it was not First Edition First Aid Training – yet!).