CNF Nova Scotia Nurses Award
I took an indirect route to nursing and to my future role as a nurse practitioner. Following a Masters degree in sociology and international relations I worked with the Canadian NGO Pueblo Partisans in indigenous agricultural cooperatives in Guatemala. We developed a model that allows communities to repay land loans via credits earned through participation in community development initiatives. In this setting I discovered that in addition to community building skills, I wished to address the health needs of the population I worked with. I obtained my initial nursing certification at UBC, and was the student commencement speaker upon our graduation.The importance of timely and professional nursing care was made evident when I was found unconscious following a bicycle accident while a student at UBC. This incident and my complete recovery because of excellent care informed my decision to pursue work in Emergency Nursing.In Emergency we serve people across the life span: we treat children, pregnant mothers, adults with traumatic injuries, the frail elderly as those living with mental illness and addictions. Here I took part in research that illustrates the connection between healthy work environments and positive patient outcomes. As well, I initiated a project to assist Emergency Department staff model healthy lifestyles through healthy diet choices at work.I am now a nurse practitioner student at Dalhousie. Following this, I plan to work in primary care while continuing work with marginalized populations, both in Canada and internationally.